Books for Kindergarteners

As a teacher it is important to understand the power that stories have over young children. Stories are the window outside the norm for these children. It gives them the chance to see that the world is a big place, beyond their home, family, and school surroundings. And when a young child connects with a character, he or she is getting involved with a journey of self discovery that is sure to bring a smile to their face.

For example, let’s take a closer look at the popular story: Porcupining: A Prickly Love Story. This is just one of the books for kindergartners that have become so popular over the years. In this book, Cushion the porcupine ponders why he is alone and single. He writes a four line song expressing his current state of mind. Just when he is about to give up on making friends, he meets Barb – a hedgehog that is in the same position.

Children can connect with these characters as they attempt to make new friends at school. They get to see how Cushion does this, as well as the trials and tribulations that he faces along the way. They are interested in seeing how Cushion handles the experience, as well as what he ends up doing to make friends.

With so many books for kindergartners that teach lessons, just like this, it is easy to see why teachers focus on them year after year. If you are a kindergarten teacher you should have these books on hand throughout the year to ensure that your students are on the right track. Even though you may not get through all of them, as you read these books to your students you will see that they are making progress while identifying with the characters.

Teachers recognize that books are among the most used classroom supplies, as well as those that are cherished by parents and students well into the latter stages of their life. You probably see why it is important to purchase and use the right books for kindergartners. Your students will remember these stories and life lessons for many years. If you read them the right books you are doing your part in helping them better their life at an early age. You will find it is important to have among your teacher supplies a carefully selected group of books for kindergartners – all of which are meant to bring learning and imagination together. So acquiring the best and most appropriate books possible for kindergartners is undoubtedly the best course of action because they leave a lasting impact.

Kindle DX in the Education System

The future of technology especially in the education system can now be seen through the rise of trend in the production of these wireless reading devices. In less than a year, Amazon was able to release two new models for Kindle, which is their very own wireless electronic book reader. Kindle’s latest version, Kindle DX which was released June of 2009, has a weight of 18.9 ounces – just your average hardback novel. Its electronic paper display uses an e-ink and a 16-level gray scale that provides the same feel and readability of typical newsprint.

Just last month, Amazon launched their Kindle DX Pilot Project in University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business. Darden is one of the schools that will participate in Amazon’s pilot education project using their new wireless electronic book reading technology. This program includes randomly choosing students who will use Amazon’s Kindle DX throughout an academic year for free. Should these students choose to keep their wireless device, they can purchase it at a discounted price.

During the Kindle DX Pilot Project in Darden School, more than 300 first-year MBA students arrived where 62 of them were presented with the box that contained the Amazon’s newest wireless electronic book reader. This pilot group will test the new device, including a 9.7-inch electronic paper display that has an automatic rotation depending on the orientation you prefer. It also has a wireless network connectivity that gives access to over 300,000 e-books, magazines, top newspapers, and case studies from Darden Business Publishing are now available on their Kindle DX. This new wireless reading device also provides its users the ability to highlight or take notes, and can store up to 3,500 electronic books.

Other schools that are included in Amazon’s Kindle DX Pilot Project are Arizona State University, Case Western Reserve University, Pace University, Reed College, University of Washington’s Foster School of Business, and Princeton University. Some university presses are also participating in Amazon’s campaign in integrating their wireless electronic book readers inside the classroom. The University of California Press, Yale University Press,  and Oxford University Press are among the first to have their books available for sale through Kindle.

Interesting Psychology Books For Everyone

Psychology is not an exact science, but people are always interested in learning more about it. People are always curious on how they behave and the various mental disorders that can occur in human. Behavioral psychologists even have observed numerous subjects but they can’t draw an exact conclusion from their observation. The human mind still remains a mystery and it drives psychologists to conduct even more experiments. If you are a college student or simply someone who are interested in the field, you can expand your knowledge through reading psychology books. Numerous ways on how to direct people’s behavior are discussed in those books. Readers are given explanations on how they can use psychological approaches to make people behave in a certain way. Below are two books that might interest you:

Educational Psychology: Developing Learners (7th Edition) by Jeanne Ormrod
This book is targeted for teachers who want to better understand their students. This is a best-seller book that is popular for its clear writing, concrete applications, and in-depth focus on learning. It also encourages teachers to examine their own learning process. By doing so, teachers will gain a better understanding about the concepts explained in the book and how to apply them. This book focuses on core concepts and presents central ideas of educational psychology. Eventually, these concepts and ideas will help teacher understand children as well as adolescents in a better way.

One thing that makes this book stand out from the rest is the seamless movement from theory to applications. It also provides numerous concrete examples to help readers get deeper understanding about educational psychology especially in children and classrooms.

The Handy Psychology Answer Book by Lisa J. Cohen
This interesting book is complied by Lisa J. Cohen, who is a licensed clinical psychologist and researcher. Most psychology books only tell you about theories, but this book will help you understand the science in a fun way. The easy-to-understand content combined makes this book accessible for everyone, from casual readers to experts in the field. Through this book, you can find answers to everyday questions such as “What factors make a marriage last?” or “What are the advantages of getting older?” Besides the 800 psychology questions, this book also features an overview of psychology of morality, everyday living, sex, and money. It is targeted for people who are interested in psychology and can also serve as a supplementary textbook.

Exposing Your Children To Educational Books

One cannot undermine the importance of reading in a child’s education. That’s why educational books are important as they help increase a child’s vocabulary and awaken his interest to learn more. Reading is the first step and the basic foundation for a child to perform well in school. When a child develops love for reading, learning other things becomes a lot easier. It is, therefore, important for parents to get the children’s interest to read at a very young age.

In order to capture your child’s interest for educational books, develop the habit of reading aloud to them. They will find it interesting as you read to them different stories and imitate various characters. Set aside a specific time of day dedicated to reading alone. This will have the children something to look forward to every day. Once the children develop love for reading, they will also develop the initiative to read on their own as they grow old. Reading is especially good to unwind and relax that’s why many parents prefer to read bedtime stories to their children.

Another good way to get your child exposed to the wonders of educational books is to take them to libraries. This will both teach them to develop appreciation for good books and learn the responsibility of returning them properly. If they’re old enough to select their books and reading materials, you can encourage them to get their own library card so they can explore and borrow on their own. Show them the area in the library where children’s educational books are found.

One important tip to get the attention of your children is to engage them every time you read stories. When you read with feelings and emotions and, at the same time, interact with children as you tell stories, they are challenged to use their imagination and listen intently. As you read educational books, include your children as part of the characters in the story. This will thrill them so much that they will want to participate in the story-telling until they learn to tell the story on their own. There are movies that were created based on best-selling books. It would help to buy these books and watch the movie with your kids. This will help them to relate the movie to the original story in the book. This will test their memory and understanding of what they watch and read.

Children should be able to associate reading with fun; as such, you should know how to create a good environment that’s conducive to reading and learning. It’s best to set up a separate area in your house or room that’s dedicated to reading and studying. Provide the appropriate furniture such as study table, chair and book shelves for all the educational books that you will buy for your children. Do not force them to read when they’re not in a good mood as this might make them develop negative notions about reading and studying.