Please don't cringe at those words Back to School. People in my neck of the woods don't have to even think about setting up our classrooms for a couple more weeks, but there are people out there who are actually ALREADY back at school! The school schedules all over the world are quite different, but it's all ok. If you're not ready for Back to School, just bookmark (or pin) this post until you're ready.
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For my Back to School book, I have chosen Your Fantastic Elastic Brain by JoAnn Deak, Ph.D. It's appropriate for kids K-3.
If you've ever read my blog before, you'll know that I am absolutely fascinated by the brain and how it works.
This book explains how the brain works in kid-friendly language!
It tells the specific parts of the brain and the specific jobs they have, and how each brain is different, which makes us all uniquely different.
I particularly love the part that discusses things that kids have learned, such as playing soccer, that were hard at first, but with practice, got easier! They might have even made mistakes, but the mistakes helped them learn!
If that's all it were about, this book could be used any time of year. The reason this makes a great beginning of the year book is because it tells the reader they can stretch their own brain!
Who wouldn't want to stretch their brain?
Isn't that our job as teachers? To stretch their brains?
(I refuse to believe that our job is to have the kiddos score well on tests!)
I feel it's our job as teachers to teach the children to be better learners, and to stretch their brains as much as they can!
That leads me to this freebie, based on this awesome book.
It has some activities to let the children tell what's already in their brain, plus a chance to challenge their brains a bit more! Click the image or click HERE for the link to the freebie! Enjoy!
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