Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Ideas for Using AASL Best Website.....EPIC!

Can you image putting over 15,000 beautiful, high-quality and popular books into the hands of your students today?  
With Epic!, this months AASL Best Website shoutout, you can do just that! 
Epic! has brought together thousands of books from major publishers and made it free for all American and Canadian elementary librarians and teachers.  
Your readers will be able to find books on almost anything in Epic! from Read To Me, 

Adventure, Sports, 
Educational Videos and hundreds of books in Spanish too!  
My son Hagan loves LEGO's so we searched LEGO one day.  

An awesome list of LEGO books came up including several of The LEGO Adventure Books. 
It was easy for Hagan to use this book in Epic! to build his very own Idea Lab too. 

You will set up individual profiles for all of your students.  
Once they start reading, Epic! will give them recommendations based on interests and reading level.  

They can also reset their preferences at anytime. 
As they are reading or listening, your students will see others profiles on the bottom of the reader.  
If they click on the different circles (readers), they can see what else they have recently read and even Like their profile.  
Your readers can participate in Reading Challenges throughout the year. 
They will also be able to keep track of their reading through a log. 

Epic! can be accessed on any device and even received an 2016 AASL Best App Award for their app too!  
Epic! will be one of your students favorite places to go this year.  I know it will be epic just like their name says!  
This was originally posted on the AASL Knowledge Quest blog today. You can read this post and others about the AASL Best Websites here

Your Students Can Learn About Bike Safety With Nick in Boulder, Colorado!

Today our friend Nick Hobson joined us for the fifth Cantata Learning People In Your Community Meet and Greet!  
Nick, who is a bike mechanic and instructor from Boulder, Colorado, met with Michelle Griffith's 2nd graders in Lake Jackson, Texas.  
Nick taught us all so much about bikes, fixing bikes and bike safety.  We love how he tied in different Cantata Learning books like When You Want To Cross The Street Look Both Ways into our time together too.
 It sure was fun hearing all of the amazing things Michelle's 2nd graders knew too!
If you missed this Meet and Greet with Nick, don't worry....
 ...we have a live recording available here on the Cantata Learning site.
Thank you Michelle and all of your fun students. We love coming to your library. 

And thank you Nick for taking the time to tell us all about your job in the community.  You make a difference!  

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

As We Fall Into Another Season Sing & Read Along With Cantata Learning For The Song Of The Week!

As we see the leaves around us turn colors, the days cool off and nighttime come sooner, we know this means another season is going....and a new one is coming.
Cantata Learning's Song of the Week is perfect for celebrating these changes as it sings...

The seasons come and the seasons go.  There's sometimes sun and sometimes snow.  It takes a little while for them to change.  The same time last year, the season was the same.  
Please click here to listen and sing along to Seasons Come and Seasons Go too.  They can listen to the music from the CD and online.
I love the part about fall. The words and illustrations will speak to all of your little ones as they look around them today too.
In each Cantata Learning book, the sheet music and lyrics are in the back, along with the vocabulary and...
a page with Activities and resources To Learn More.  
You can also find a wonderful lesson plan for Seasons Come and Seasons Go in this blog post.
You will love the extensions including Language, PE, Technology, Music and Art.  

And here are a few more craft ideas for integrating seasons and weather into the library and classroom, even at home. 
You can find out more about this title and all of the Cantata Learning books and songs at Capstone.