Hang Tight, Teachers–Summer’s Almost Here

Empty classroom, Imagine This blog, summer reading, celebrate end of school, accomplishments, personalized videoIt’s almost time for school to end for the year. And–if you’re like most educators–you’re counting the days until summer vacation.

But before you get there, why not take a little time to celebrate the great accomplishments of your class?

Imagine Learning can help make the end-of-year transition less hectic and a lot more fun.

Video fun

Your students have done a lot of learning this year, thanks to you. Sounds like a great excuse to make a personalized video! Read more »

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Rhyme and Repeat: 5 Poetry Activities Kids Will Love

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The cow jumped over the moon …

Hey diddle diddle …

You already finished the rhyme, didn’t you. Ever wondered why those childhood poems stick in your brain?

The answer is simple. Rhymes and poems have a beat.

At its essence, poetry is the most kinesthetic of all written forms. We can dance to it, sing to it, and feel to it. Poetry and rhyming tap into each listener’s heart and soul in ways that other texts may miss.

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Jabberwocky

From an educational view, poetry also fosters social and emotional growth.

Sharing poetry also builds a sense of community within a group of listeners and fosters creativity.

Poems are great avenues for self-expression–among all cultures and languages. Students who don’t speak English in the classroom can still listen to, read, or write a poem in their own language. Poetry is universal!

Test it for yourself by reading the following lines aloud:

‘Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.

Thus begins one of the most beloved of children’s poems, “Jabberwocky,” by Lewis Carroll (from Alice Through the Looking Glass, and What She Saw There, 1872).

National Poetry Month may be nearing an end; but luckily, you can use poetry in the classroom all year round. Simply rhyme and repeat any of these activities in your class! Read more »

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Earth Day Is Here–Are Your Students Ready?

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Photo credit: Blue Marble

Just when spring fever hits hard in classrooms across the country, Earth Day 2016 appears as a welcome friend on the horizon.

How will you and your students celebrate Earth Day this Friday, April 22nd? Read more about the history of this important event before you decide.

Why Earth Day?

After a Wisconsin senator witnessed firsthand the toxic effects of a Santa Barbara, CA oil spill in 1969, he knew it was time to rally the public, inspiring all to protect the earth’s environment.

On April 22, 1970, the first-annual Earth Day was born.

At the time, over 20 million people across America rallied for a cleaner environment. Year by year, participation increased and Earth Day events became more popular.

When Earth Day went global in 1990, it was celebrated by over 200 million people worldwide.

Each year, many important changes occur because of Earth Day celebrations. For example: Read more »

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Imagine Learning That’s Fun: Week of the Young Child 2016

Imagine Learning Week of the Young Child blog with mother and daughter photo cooking a meal togetherEvery year, the National Association for Education of the Young Child (NAEYC) celebrates early learners, parents, and teachers through a week-long celebration called the Week of the Young Child.

This year’s celebration will be April 11–15, 2016, and all children throughout the country are invited to celebrate!

In keeping with tradition, every day during WOYC has a special theme:

  • Music Monday – encourages children to enjoy songs, dances, rhythms, and movement at home and at school.
  • Taco Tuesday – inspires kids and family members to prepare and eat healthy foods and stay physically fit. This day is really about more than just tacos!
  • Work Together Wednesday – gives children an opportunity to work together to build something fun–from any material, indoors or out.
  • Artsy Thursday – allows kids to use their own creativity and imaginations as they create an art project.
  • Family Friday – brings families together and invites kids to show and tell their family stories.

Teachers, students, and parents can use their ingenuity to come up with projects and activities for all ages to enjoy. This is a great time to involve even the youngest children in your family or your class! Read more »

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Use Story Maps for Better Reading Comprehension

Imagine Learning story map reading comprehension blogToday, anyone who wants to read an article or a book can do so quickly. Most can search for reading materials at the click of a mouse or on library/classroom shelves.

But even engaged readers sometimes face information overload. For example, young or beginning readers may have trouble remembering the important elements of a story.

If you’re a teacher, you understand this dilemma and likely use multiple resources to help your students understand what they read.

A story map is just one resource that helps young learners with reading comprehension. Read more »

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