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Early Learning & Literacy

  1. Teacher’s Pick: How Stephanie from PA used ‘The Book Tree’ in her classroom

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    Below is a blog post created from a submission sent in by Stephanie Conrad, a Montessori Teacher and Summer Program Director from Pennsylvania who created a book festival at her school based on The Book Tree, written by Paul Czajak and illustrated by Rashin Kheiriyeh.

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  2. Preventing summer learning loss is easier than you think

    You’ve probably heard that summer reading is important, but you might be surprised to learn just how much of an impact it has.

    Studies tell us that school-age children lose an average of one month of school learning over the summer, with some children losing up to three months of school learning. Why? The simple answer: they don’t read enough.

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  3. How to help kid activists write letters to their government representatives

    Below is a guest post by Stacy Clark, environmental geologist, educator, climate journalist and Barefoot author of Planet Power. She has helped many kids write letters to their government officials. Here are her tips!

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  4. 5 ways to empower dual language learners in the classroom

    Below is a blog post originally posted on HiMama, written by Barefoot Book’s Director of Global Citizenship, Dr. Paula Laurel Jackson. She walks educators through the HEART method of empowering dual language students in the classroom.


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  5. 6 bookstores to visit in Massachusetts

    Here are some of our favorite bookstores to visit in Massachusetts.


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  6. Our top book picks by kids and our editors

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  7. Join our FREE Barefoot Summer Book Club!

    Reading all summer long is the best way to help young minds grow!

    Did you know that children lose an average of 1-3 months of learning over the summer? Summer learning loss is even more of a threat after a year of disrupted childcare and school experiences. School age children, preschoolers and even infants and toddlers need intellectual stimulation over the summer in order for their brains to grow optimally. Research tells us that the best way to do this is to keep them reading all summer long. Our FREE Barefoot Summer Book Club is designed to do just that!

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  8. Enter our Teacher Appreciation giveaway to win a Classroom Set!

    Give your superstar teachers the big thank-you they deserve!

    To celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week, we’re giving you the chance to enter our giveaway* and win one of FIVE Barefoot Books Classroom Sets to give to your favorite teacher! Winners can choose one of exclusive Classroom Sets that include books and other products by grade / age level, educational program and more. These sets are specially curated by an educational specialist.

    To celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week, we’re giving you the chance to enter our giveaway* and curate your own Classroom Set to give to your favourite teacher. Winners can choose from books and other products by grade / age level, educational program and more to create a collection valued up to £70!

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  9. Tips for supporting literacy development at different ages

    Did you know that reading aloud is the single most important thing you can do to help children achieve academic success?

    Early exposure to reading aloud has such a long-term influence on children’s outcomes that pediatricians in the United States are now required to “prescribe” reading to parents of all babies from birth! Reading aloud is in itself extremely beneficial for kids of all ages, but research shows that there are things you can do at home to support early literacy even more as you read. Here are some practical, evidence-based tips for supporting literacy from infancy through school age.

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  10. Why are we pressuring preschoolers to learn how to read?

    Is learning to read earlier better?

    We live in a competitive society that rewards being first and best — and this mentality is deeply ingrained in most of us. No matter how often we tell ourselves that each child is unique and will grow at their own pace, it’s natural for us to feel proud and excited when our children hit milestones “early” or excel in certain areas — and to feel concerned when our kids are “late.”

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