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The Choosing Tree in the Classroom and Library Print E-mail

The Choosing Tree's coverThe Choosing Tree is set in the late nineteenth century in a strange community of people called Shakers.  Though Daniel’s story takes readers out of their familiar world, the challenge he faces is one they, too, face in some way, and at some time, in their own lives.  

Historical fiction is important today in this time of mobility and fragmentation. Knowing and identifying with what’s happened in the past can help young readers hold onto a sense of continuity and rooted-ness.  Discovering, too, that young people in very different times and places have faced hurdles much like their own adds a reassuring perspective on their own experiences.       
                                                              

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Using Fiction in Values Education Print E-mail

Children don’t learn values in the same way they learn arithmetic or spelling.  Nor can we paste, graft, or implant our own values into their lives. Values that becomes a real part of a child’s life are those they have “grown” themselves from life experience.

Children learn values from their role models  --  people they admire and want to be like.  They learn values at home and at school when they make choices and experience the results.  They learn values when they observe “cause and effect” in other people’s lives.  

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Using Fiction in Social Studies Print E-mail

From Pre-K through Grade 6, students learn about the people in their world, first themselves within their families, their neighborhoods, and then their communities.  Gradually their circles widen to explore how they and their communities interact as part of a state, a nation, and a world.  Throughout, they see how people live and work together  amid change, diversity, and their environmental circumstances.

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Newsflash

IBBY 2012 International Book awards:

The International Board on Books for Young People has announced its 2012 list of  award winning international books for young readers.  Find the list at www.ibby.org

 

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