A monthly newsletter that connects early childhood educators with resources to support their teaching and professional learning.
Take time to connect with resources on the Resources for Early Childhood website. You will find lessons, articles, and other features that support your teaching and your children’s learning. You will find a rich array of lessons, articles, and other features that will enhance teaching and energize learning.
Connect to REC Resources and Features
The frosty mornings are few and far between, which means it is time to start planting flowers and vegetable gardens. Why not get your children involved this year and provide them with plenty of opportunities to learn about plants of all kinds. The Growing Plants mini-collection includes many REC resources that can be used to help your children learn about plants and growing.
The following picture books complement the Plants and Growing theme. Each book can be found on an Early Childhood Bookshelf page. Click on the title of the book to open the Bookshelf page, where you can see the book cover, read a commentary, and find Literacy Links that describe ways to use the book to further children’s learning.
Big Yellow Sunflower by Frances Barry
Resources in the Spotlight
Focus on Friendships
Have You Seen This?
Did you know that the main ORC website page for Science Educators offers some great picture books on the Science Bookshelf? They might be just the ticket for PreK classrooms! Terry Shiverdecker and the Science Review Board have chosen books that accurately reflect the world around us in child-friendly ways. Take a look.
Connect with Other Educators
On May 16 Judy Harris Helm, coauthor of Young Investigators and an upcoming text entitled Digging Deeper into Projects, is coming to ORC to lead a new one-day professional development workshop (the workshop is filled). Are you wondering about how teachers utilize the project approach and meet standards and curriculum requirements, but you don’t get to attend the session? We will be sharing some of our insights and tips on the REC Community of Practice and via REC’s Twitter feed on the REC website during and after the session.
There is still time to register for the NAEYC’s National Institute for Early Childhood Professional Development. The theme this year is Curriculum, Assessment, and Teaching: Putting It All Together. It will be held from Sunday, June 12, through Wednesday, June 15, 2011, at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence, Rhode Island.
Connect with the REC Website
The REC website seeks to support Ohio's early childhood teachers, parents, teachers of early childhood teachers, and children by providing peer-reviewed, web-based resources to assist with instructional planning, professional learning, and the implementation of the Ohio early learning standards for mathematics, science, English language arts, and social studies and program guidelines.
The REConnections newsletter can connect you with REC on a monthly basis. Simply JOIN REC and click in the REConnections box to subscribe.
Connect to REC by becoming a follower of our Twitter feed at http://twitter.com/OhioRC_EarlyEd. We are constantly updating you with the latest news and hints from REC.
If you have feedback or if you have a favorite REC resource you would like to tell others about, email Nancy Brannon, firstname.lastname@example.org. The ORC staff would love to include your favorites in an upcoming issue of REConnections.