• GIVEAWAY: Genius in Every Child

    Our December guest speaker, Rick Ackerly, has graciously donated his newest book for one lucky person. Book Description ( Every parent wants the best for their child and it can be difficult for parents to watch from

    December 5, 2012 • Books, Giveaways/Reviews • Views: 4165

  • December Guest Speaker: Rick Ackerly (2012)

    I have been following Mr. Ackerly’s Blog “The Genius in Children” for about a year and a half. Today, I’m honored to introduce him as this month’s guest speaker! Rick Ackerly is a nationally

    December 4, 2012 • Books, Giveaways/Reviews, Guest Speakers • Views: 2251

  • It’s Not Only a Box

    One of my favorite activities at the beginning of my Creative Development course is to ask students to think of as many uses as possible for a paperclip…then for a brick. Many times at first, they are thinking of practical,

    November 1, 2012 • Books, Idea Box • Views: 2911

  • Upcoming Events at ABC & Toy Zone (Burnsville, MN)

    Hot Dots Info– Not your typical flashcards! The Hot Dots Learning System turns your study time into game time, complete with lights, sounds, and encouraging audio – perfect for independent learning! October 18th

    October 19, 2012 • Books, Career Crossings, Events/Activities • Views: 1543

  • Storytelling and Yoga

    Playful Learning Children generally enjoy stories. When you read to children, you are enhancing their language and literacy skills, as well as promoting creativity and imagination. A professor once told me that teachers should

    October 18, 2012 • Books, Health , Fitness & Safety • Views: 2330

  • Curbside Lending Library

    I had never thought of this before, but they’re popping up all over. Take a look at what Kelly Rae Roberts did this summer when she started her curbside lending library. Did you know that there may even be one in YOUR AREA?

    October 17, 2012 • Books, Idea Box • Views: 3712

  • My 5 Senses

      Oftentimes, teachers introduce a lesson/theme around body awareness. Here’s a nice freebie for older children about the five senses. Click on the video to view a child friendly video about the senses. Click on the

    October 9, 2012 • Books, Idea Box • Views: 1778

  • Book Study Summary

    Technology is a buzz word in early childhood. Maybe you’re looking to brush up on your skills and learn new techniques for bringing in technology in appropriate ways to your early childhood classroom. Did you know there

    August 25, 2012 • Books, Resources • Views: 1556

  • Book Nook

    Here are a few recent favorites from my book nook at home: June Bug June Bug believed everything her daddy told her. That is, until she walked into Wal-Mart and saw her face on a list of missing children. The discovery begins a

    January 24, 2012 • Ask the Reader (YOU), Books • Views: 4870

  • Monster Bookmarks

    This year, my son and I are making many of our gifts. Let me tell you what we made last weekend... My son loves to read and so do both of his grandmothers. We found these super cute, easy to make, Monster Corner

    December 10, 2011 • Books, Idea Box, Resources, Thought of the Week • Views: 6576

  • NAEYC Cyber Monday Deals

    NAEYC is having an online sale on Cyber Monday, November 28, 2011. From 12:01 a.m. EST on Monday, November 28 to 12:01 a.m. EST on Tuesday, November 29 you can get 50% off selected items! The sale is only good for items in

    November 25, 2011 • Ask the Reader (YOU), Books • Views: 1944

  • Jumpstart’s Read for the Record Event

    A message from an ECYD student at DCTC: On October 6, 2011, I’m planning to be part of Jumpstart’s Read for the Record the largest shared reading experience in history. Want to join me? Did you know that millions of children

    September 28, 2011 • Ask the Reader (YOU), Books, Career Crossings, Events/Activities • Views: 1604

  • March Book Orders

    Just a reminder that March Scholastic book orders are due by March 8th. Why order? It’s a great way to begin to build your personal children’s book library. You can choose quality books for a great price. Be sure to put your

    March 3, 2011 • Ask the Reader (YOU), Books, Early Childhood Youth Dev Program • Views: 1512

  • Silly Books

    I’d like to tell you about a website that’s great for promoting literacy. is a unique website where children are the authors. Every book on the website is written by children. And

    November 8, 2008 • Books • Views: 3600