Books for the Wonderful People Who Help Children Learn
Great teaching is an art form. Like any other art, it requires flexibility and creativity. Each child learns in a different way, so no single approach will work for everyone. Linda Armstrong's books for teachers, librarians, and parents offer a variety of resources to inspire and support busy professionals. Her multi-sensory strategies include large and small muscle activities, listening and speaking. Her easy, practical lessons and story hour suggestions utilize visual arts, music, drama, and dance.
This powerful resource is designed for teachers, librarians, and parents of beginning readers. It includes playful story hour rhymes, simple craft projects, and activities to help children recognize letter forms and to associate those forms with sounds.
G is for Goggles: A Sample Action Verse
Leader: G is for goggles. (Make goggles by touching the tip of each thumb to the tip of each forefinger.)
Participants: G is for goggles.
Leader: (Hold the finger goggles in front of your eyes,)
Participants: (Imitate the leader.)
Leader: Put them on and dive.
Participants: Put them on and dive.
Leader: (Hold nose, take a deep breath, and close eyes as if preparing to go underwater.)
Participants: (Repeat the action.)
Leader: G is for green: Green kelp waving all around. (Hold both arms overhead and wave them from side to side like seaweed in water.)
Particpants: (Repeat the leader's words and actions.)
(The dive continues in the book.)
More than 30 additional rhymes include
Upper Case, Lower Case, Our Names are the Same
M is for Moth (Science: animals)
S is for Sun (Science: space)
T is for True (A critical thinking exercise)
H is for Hand (An exercise in imagination)
K is for Key (Riddles)
F is for Fun (Fact or Opinion)