Links – March 8, 2009

So many of the blogs I follow have regular updates with “useful links”. I am also guided to many wonderful places on the web via my “friends” on twitter. Now I’d like to pay it forward with my own regular post of links that I discover and links others have kindly shared. All are sites worthy to be tagged to my delicious…..By the way I love delicious…the name and the concept, it’s a great resource. How did I ever live without it?

Here are my delicious links for this week:

Thanks for the Add. Now Help Me with My Homework
A new study by alum Christine Greenhow finds social networking sites like MySpace and Facebook have more educational potential than you might think.

Urban Fonts
Great free fonts for Mac and PC.

Download and save any video from Youtube, Dailymotion, Metacafe, iFilm and more!

Create your own cartoons and animations easily.

Web-comic blogging in minutes

100 words and pictures that define the news of the day, month, year

10 Websites for Book Lovers

Poster Yourself

Free Technology for Teachers
Loads of  free resources and ideas


Book caring

How do we encourage children to care for and appreciate books? I love to see kids excited about books! It’s always a thrill when a child runs in to tell me about a book they’ve just finished,  a new book they can’t wait to read, or a new author or series they have discovered. It’s a joy to experience their enthusiasm and excitement. I think that’s my favourite thing about working in a school.

I am a book lover – there is something wonderful about a new book with fresh cover and crisp clean pages. Children too, love new books – they eagerly pounce on all the new books we put out on display and beg for more. I think it’s important to teach children about the value of books and how best to look after them. We have lessons about handling books – how we look at them, how we transport them, how we store them.

We encourage our students to care for books by having library bags to transport them and bookmarks to keep their place. We learn about how books are shelved and how we can help keep the library organised.

This year we decided to purchase relatively inexpensive library bags that the children could decorate themselves. The bags are made from calico and feature the school logo on one side with a flap at the top. We ordered them from Norquest Bags in India. They were inexpensive and Norquest were very efficient and pleasant to deal with.

The children enjoyed decorating them with fabric pens. Here’s some pictures of the children with their decorated bags:

library bags

library bag

The children also enjoy creating their own bookmarks as well as using the bookmarks I have designed for them. We laminate them so they last a little longer!

bookmarks bookmarkmaking

It can’t be overstated that children learn from adult behaviours, so remember next time you lazily turn the corner of a page down, spill food or drink on a book, or leave a book carelessly in an inappropriate place ……..little eyes are watching.

Please leave a comment and share how you help children, or adults, value and appreciate books!