Back-to-school can be an exciting time, but also one filled with uncertainty and big feelings. Books can be a perfect way to start conversations about all of the changes and the emotions that children may be feeling. From common school worries like being away from home or fitting in, to reintroducing important social emotional learning skills and personal hygiene, here are some of our favorite books to ease kids back into school. You'll find the perfect read for back-to-school.
Most people know of the Jim Crow racism that African-Americans endured until barely 50 years ago, but many Americans have never learned that up until the 1960s, in much of Texas, California, and the southwest, all people of color suffered similar discrimination, including Mexican-Americans. In 1962, when my family immigrated from Mexico to Texas, people like me were commonly segregated in restaurants, stores, hotels, and swimming pools.
Bicultural…I’m not sure when I learned the word, but I remember the exact moment when I learned the idea. I was about 9 years old.
Picture books are a portal to another world. One where kids can explore the unfamiliar and learn new and exciting things. With vibrant illustrations combined with words and imagination, the magic picture books hold for children is anything but boring. But these enchanting book friends do so much more! Key statistics show how powerful and magical they can be.
Engage Literacy Advance for guided reading was developed with attention to the Gradual Release of Responsibility (GRR) model. The GRR model recommends that instructional programs and lesson plans within those programs gradually turn the responsibility for learning from the teacher to the student following a three-step process: I DO, WE DO, and YOU DO.
For some students, back-to-school in 2021 may be the first time they have physically been in class in well over a year. During that time away, students have had vastly different at-home experiences which have potentially impacted their mental health. How can teachers and librarians best prepare for the wide range of anxieties a return to school may bring?
I was born in Asia, in a country called Pakistan. I grew up calling myself Pakistani, as well as Asian. As a young girl, I received a global education, learning not just about my home land but also about other countries, especially Asian nations.
Growing up, I learned that Pakistan has a very unique symbolic place in Asia. It’s surrounded by India, China, Afghanistan and Iran… all different portraits of Asia, a variety of cultures and ethnicities. A myriad of peoples. Just like Asia itself.
Whenever I think about Astrid and Apollo, I can’t help but think of my childhood. Growing up, I didn’t have a lot of toys to play with, so I had to rely on my imagination. My siblings and I assembled cardboard boxes to make toy furniture. We connected chairs to create trains. Couches were hills and the dinner table was a mountain we would climb and leap from. When we landed on the floor, we waved our arms in circles and swam back and forth in an ocean of carpet.
Here are a few areas educators can explore as they guide students in learning about the Trail of Tears.