Introduction to ScratchJr
What is ScratchJr?
ScratchJr is an introductory programming language that enables young children (ages 5-7) to create their own interactive stories and games. Children snap together graphical programming blocks to make characters move, jump, dance, and sing. Children can modify characters in the paint editor, add their own voices and sounds, even insert photos of themselves — then use the programming blocks to make their characters come to life.
ScratchJr was inspired by the popular Scratch programming language (scratch.mit.edu), used by millions of young people (ages 8 and up) around the world. In ScratchJr, the interface and programming language were redesigned to make them developmentally appropriate for younger children, carefully designing features to match young children’s cognitive, personal, social, and emotional development.
Youtube video intro: https://youtu.be/s6XvwEH0xpg
Teaching logical thinking through cutting edge story books
Understanding the REGGIO Learning Environment
Letterland is used for teaching early literacy
What is Letterland?
Letterland was created to teach phonics using a story-based approach. The story logic engages students leading to long term retention of concepts. What’s more, Letterland is wonderfully multi-sensory. It activates every learning channel through music, actions, alliteration, movement, song, art, games and role-play.
Communication with Parents
A Modern Definition of “Teachable Moments”
Technically, the term teachable moment refers to a stage in a child’s development when he is most receptive to learning a certain concept or skill. Over time the phrase has taken on a less literal and more modern meaning.
A teachable moment can be thought of as a quick moment in time when your child’s interest in a specific subject is at its highest, usually because of a conversation or immersion in a situation that brings on intense curiosity.
For example, if you’re watching the news with your child and he’s riveted to a story about the destruction created by a hurricane, it can be the perfect moment to teach your child more about hurricanes and the forces of nature that create them.