Welcome Grown Ups!

Please feel free to come in if you have any questions regarding materials for your classes. If you have a unit coming up on a particular subject (i.e. folktales, weather, explorers), if you are studying a particular author, or if you just want to have something new in your classroom library on a regular basis, let me know. With a week's notice I can gather the materials, check them out on your CLAMS teacher card, and you may pick everything up at the library. We're open 7 days a week for your convenience! I have access to a wealth of databases as well, so if you or your students have a reference question feel free to call or stop by.
 
If you have any questions or would like more information please call me at 508-428-5757. I'm looking forward to hearing from you!


Helpful Teacher Links

reacheverychild.com  A Horace Mann site. Includes lesson plans to make reaching students and using technology easier.
 
sitesfor teachers.com  Hundreds of educational websites. Lesson Plans,
worksheets, activities. clip art and more!
 
teachers.net  Teacher discussion boards and chatrooms. Lesson plans, project ideas and teaching tools.
 
lessonplanspage.com  Over 3,500 free lesson plans!
 
Kathy Schrock's Guide for Educators  Kathy Schrock's Guide for Educators is a categorized list of sites useful for enhancing curriculum and professional growth. It is updated often to include the best sites for teaching and learning.

Bullying

Helping Kids Deal with Bullying (from Kids Health) 
http://kidshealth.org/parent/emotions/behavior/bullies.html

Bullying (Great Schools Parenting Dilemmas) 
http://www.greatschools.org/bullying.topic?content=4350

Bullying: Help your child handle a bully (from Mayo Clinic) 
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/bullying/MH00126

Teen Bullying: What Parents Can Do (an education.com article) 
http://www.education.com/reference/article/teen-bullying-what-parents-can-do/

Stop Cyberbullying 
http://www.stopcyberbullying.org/index2.html

The Bully Project
http://www.thebullyproject.com/


Encouraging Your Children to Read

The links below will take you to sites that provide great suggestions for helping your child develop and maintain an interest in reading. Check back often - we'll keep adding and modifying the list of suggested links.

20 Ways for Parents to Encourage Reading

Children Who Can Read, But Don't
 
 
 

Children’s Literature Web Guide

A general guide to what is on the web for Children's literature. From finding author sites, to award books to online book discussion groups you should be able to find it here.
 
Best Children’s Book.org
This website is created by teachers and general public. It's a good source if your looking for books by subject or level.

Helping with Homework

Virtual Middle School Library 
Lots of links on this page, to sites that will help you with general education information, or with specific subject areas, like Math, Language Arts, Science, etc.
 
 
Family Education
This site is packed with 'back-to-school' information - and it goes beyond homework help (although there is a great homework section here...)
The main back-to-school page includes links on getting ready for school, back-to-school safety, 'what parents need to know this school year', and even breakfast and lunch ideas and recipes.
 
Need a little more help with school work or wishing to educationally occupy your kids then this site is full of free educational worksheets for PreK to Grade 5.
 

Tips from scholastic to help your kids succeed in school from PreK to grade 8


Parenting Tips

Parenting.com 
The home website for Parenting and Babytalk magazines.

Health and Parenting Center
This site from WebMD covers popular hot topics in parenting and health, popular searches as well as access to their online parenting community.

Parents.com
Home website to Parents magazine

Planned Parenthood - Tools for Parents 
Great source for tips on talking to children about growing up

Internet Safety

On Guard Online - this site from the federal government provides tips for parents for navigation online safety including talking with your kids. 
http://www.onguardonline.gov/

NetSmartz - this site created by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children has links for parents, educators, law enforcement to find information for internet safety. Each page provides presentations and links to more information. This site also has a link for parents with teens and a special section just for kids. 
http://www.netsmartz.org/Parents

Cybersmart - this website created by the Australian government is great for resources and advice about being online safely for all ages. 
http://www.cybersmart.gov.au/

FBI’s Parent Guide to Internet Safety - this is a direct link to the FBI's informational pamphlet to online exploitation and the risks to your children. 
http://www.fbi.gov/stats-services/publications/parent-guide/parent-guide


Dealing with Tragic Events

Fred Rogers Talks about tragic events in the news - 
http://www.fredrogers.org/FRC/par-tragic-events.html

PBS Parents: Talking with Kids about the news - http://www.pbs.org/parents/talkingwithkids/news/talking.html

National Association of School Psycologists: Talking to kids about violence -http://www.nasponline.org/resources/crisis_safety/talkingviolence.pdf

Sesame Street: Here for Each Other – Helping Families after an Emergency -http://www.sesameworkshop.org/assets/1192/src/HereForEachOther_vEng2012Modified.pdf