Category Archives: Education

Class is back in session…with The Magic School Bus!

MSB_Dinos_LEX_SocialPostImageAs Ms. Frizzle would say, “Seatbelts, everyone!”

You know when you hear those words you’re in for an adventure! The Magic School Bus is all about experiential learning. It’s a classroom without any limits, which makes learning even more fun.  And using the unique Magic School Bus teaching approach, it’s now possible to travel back in time…sort of!

Introducing our newest educational game, The Magic School Bus: Dinosaurs for LeapPad learning tablets and Leapster Explorer systems!

Continue reading Class is back in session…with The Magic School Bus!

The point of mistakes

recite-32398--1491857448-aoad2kLots of amazing quotes and ideas have been shared this week here at Scholastic as we host teachers from across the area for our Teacher Appreciation Week; we’re sharing them all at #TeacherWeek, so be sure to follow the hashtag and @ScholasticTeach for them! Plus, head over to frizzle for more great posts.

Meanwhile, though, here’s one of my favorites. It reminds me: the point of school isn’t to walk into a classroom and know the answers. The learning happens in the mistakes, in the false assumptions. The magic is in the not-knowing.

Empowering children to share the reading love: Milk + Bookies

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As part of Scholastic’s global literacy campaign, Read Every Day. Lead a Better Life., we’ve identified organizations that work every day to see that children learn to read, love to read, and have access to books. We call them “Literacy Champions” and we want to acknowledge their hard work here on the blog in our Literacy Champions series. In this next installment, we’re focusing on one of our more recent Literacy Champions, Milk + Bookies. 

Like many others, Lily’s family wanted to teach their children the importance of giving and instill in them self-confidence, pride, and a sense of goodwill – but didn’t know how to go about introducing these concepts. Thankfully, a way for young children to own the experience of giving, and making a lasting impact on those in need, comes together at Milk + Bookies. Continue reading Empowering children to share the reading love: Milk + Bookies

‘Things worth doing’ in your classroom this year

frizzle-logo_transparentFor all the elementary and language arts teachers out there, here’s a great list of “things worth doing” in your classroom this year, based on a talk ELA Common Core State Standards architect David Coleman gave in New York earlier this week.

One of my favorites is #5: “Collaborate with your students. When you pose a question about a text you love, you may not know the answer. Nurture curiosity in your classroom. Part of the joy will be coming away with a little more knowledge yourself.”

I also love this one: “Slow down. Read a text that’s worth reading with your students and enjoy it. Look at it carefully, step by step, to see how it unfolds. Live within it. In a well-wrought work, each word is worth pondering.”

Just some interesting ideas to think about as you head back into the classroom this fall. What are your goals for the new school year and for your #FirstDay?

Two Scholastic LitChamps named Innovative NGOs in Education

lit-worlds-lit-campWe’re thrilled to congratulate two of our Literacy Champions, LitWorld and Room to Read, for being named Top Innovative NGOs in Education by The Global Journal. As the website indicates, this honor is given to non-profit organizations who are “working to solve the education gap” in “countries lacking substantial educational infrastructure which face a number of unique problems: rural access, gender inequalities, child labor, and more.”

LitWorld and Room to Read are both Literacy Champions for Scholastic’s Read Every Day. Lead a Better Life. global literacy campaign. Over the years, we have seen their work and impact first-hand and we value their partnerships greatly.

The International Relations Online Blog summarized the mission and outreach of both organizations, which we’ve excerpted here. Continue reading Two Scholastic LitChamps named Innovative NGOs in Education

Share your #FirstDay with us!

FirstDay_FBandTwitter_FinalThe smell of fresh pencil shavings. The yellow school bus rounding the corner. Desks lined up in neat rows. It’s the first day of school.

Every year around this time, in classrooms and homes across the country, teachers, parents, and kids are getting ready to go back to school.

We love this time of year. The first day of school can be so special, and we’d love to see how you’re capturing it. For the next month, we’re going to try something fun. It’s called #FirstDay. We’ll be sharing resources on social media that are all about the first day of school, and we’d love for you to share your pictures, memories, or quotes that express what the first day of school means to you.  Continue reading Share your #FirstDay with us!