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1st Grade Authors and Illustrators Third eBook in “Katie’s Farm Adventures” Series Available at Barnes and Noble.com Saturday, July 10th

Katie’s Farm Adventures Series

Book I ~"Katie's Farm Adventure" with Coloring Book and Parent/Teacher Resource

“Katie’s Farm Adventures” is just that, a 32 page children’s literature book that describes all the adventures one can have on a farm through Katie’s eyes. This book is one of four eBooks where all proceeds will go to selected elementary schools to develop literacy funds; the academic focus for this book is sight words. This eBook includes a parent/teacher resource section and 12 coloring pages, the sketches used for the paintings.

Book II~ "Katie's Exploring Adventure" Academic Focus: Sight Words and Includes a Parent/Teacher Resource

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This 23 page book is written and illustrated by a 1st grade class.  “Katie’s Exploring Adventure” is the second book in “Katie’s Farm Adventures” series.  In this book, Katie goes on a hike through the woods with her parents and discovers some colorful insects, falls into a huge pile of mud and through it all maintains a great sense of humor and sense of adventure.

All proceeds from these books go towards promoting literacy at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs School at http://www.olqmcatholicschool.org For further information about having your class participate in a “Writing ePublishing Workshop” please contact Unlock the Teacher LLC at  or visit our website at http://www.unlocktheteacher.com

Book III~"Katie's Horse Adventure" Academic Focus: Sight Words, Includes a Parent/Teacher Resource

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Katie’s Horse Adventure is twenty pages of colorful and fun-filled reading.  This book focuses on strengthening sight words and each page identifies sight words to help emerging readers.

We had so much fun working with this first grade class and seeing them get so excited about writing, illustrating and reading their collaborative efforts.  Thank you to all who have already purchased one of these eBooks that promotes literacy.  collectively, this series has sold over 50 books thus far.  All proceeds go directly to Our Lady Queen of Martyrs School Literacy Fund.  The principal and teachers can then utilize this money for professional development, new technology and/or new books for library. Unlock the Teacher LLC is just thrilled to be a part of this process.

If your district, school or youth group would like us to come and conduct one of our Writing and ePublishing Workshops, please email us at teachme@unlocktheteacherllc.com Additional information on all of our student and teacher workshops can be found at www.unlocktheteacher.com.  We are scheduling events, workshops and conferences now for the 2011/2012 school year.

**We work with schools and youth groups who need financial assistance~together we can make a difference!

May we continue to seek knowledge in all things,

Denise

 

 

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Thank You for All the Support of Literacy Campaign in March

 
 
We are working on our calendar of events for next school year now.  If you or your school would like to have us come in and provide one of the many workshops we offer, please let us know so we can pencil you in.
 
 
We love hearing from you and sharing your ideas too.  We are creating a massive resource section on our website for educational and non-profit grants.  We will be launching this information in April.  If you or your school has a great Best Practice to share or is in need of information, we would love to hear from you.  It is through the sharing of knowledge and positive collaboration, that we will create a better tomorrow for our children, our future!
 
May we seek knowledge in all things,
Denise

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“All Around our Town” to Launch the 1st of March in 2011

My community has many beautiful parks.

All proceeds from the eBook for  “All Around our Town”  will be donated to St. Mary’s School in Royal Oak, Michigan.  This school has a wonderful curriculum plan that incorporates art and reading across the curriculum. 

The art teachers exhibits a passion for her craft and enjoys showcasing the many beautiful art projects created by her students. The 7th and 8th graders are so well read in this building, I enjoy stopping in to ask them what they are reading and why.  I can not wait to see what wonderful ways this building will utilize our gift.

May we continue to seek knowledge in all things-

Denise

 

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“Katie’s Farm” to “Katie’s Farm Adventures” Promoting Literacy Campaign

All Proceeds Dedicated to Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Literacy Fund

My mother named this series of paintings, Katie’s Farm.  Her birth name was Catherine and when she visited her grandparent’s farm, they would call her Katie.  However, given that there is a fabulous story already in print titled Katie’s Farm, I will be modifying title. I found this to be fitting, given all the amazing adventures Katie enjoys on the farm with her cousins, friends and her favorite horse Sarah.

 
Thank you again for all the amazing support via email, Facebook and Twitter.  We will keep you posted on details and hope that you will begin the thought process of supporting this literacy campaign, through purchase of books to enhance literacy across the curriculum for all these schools.
 
Reading is the foundation that supports all learning!
 
May we continue to seek knowledge in all things,
 
~Denise
 

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Grants that Promote Literacy…All it Takes is Effort to Apply

As an ELA teacher, I look for all avenues to promote reading.  If a child shows little interest in reading, then I want to offer one ray of hope, it only takes “one” book to hook a child on reading.  I have seen it over and over in the classroom.  However, the only catch is, it has to be the “right” book.  Ask your child questions, talk and find out what they like. One tool a parent or teacher can use is the Internet.  Utilize Google or another search engine, to find the favorite books for boys at age ten and so on.  It is truly amazing the sheer amount of information one can glean from utilizing a search engine.  There are many blogs solely dedicated to promoting literacy and posting favorite reads.

The following is a list of grants aimed at promoting literacy.  If you need any help or more suggestions for specific grants, ask and we will do our best to find the resources needed.

Read to a child today!

 

Grants for Reading…Promoting Literacy

Reading Companies who accept grants from non-profit organizations in regards to literacy:

  The Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy

The goal of the national grant program is to develop and expand family literacy efforts nationwide, and to support the development of literacy programs that build families of readers. A total of approximately $650,000 is awarded each year; no grant exceeds $65,000.

Family Literacy programs funded through the Foundation’s National Grant Program must include reading instruction for parents or primary caregivers, (pre-GED/GED/ESL etc.), literacy or pre-literacy instruction for children, intergenerational activities where the parents/primary caregivers and children come together to learn and to read. www.barbarabushfoundation.com

The International Reading Association

The Internal Reading Association, an organization dedicated to promoting literacy and improving the quality of reading instruction, provides nearly 40 awards and grants for literacy, children’s literature, research, and professional development projects.  www.greatsource.com

The Energy Charitable Foundation

The Energy Charitable Foundation is dedicated to creating and sustaining thriving communities where energy employees live and work. To do this, energy funds programs that aim to eliminate illiteracy by providing reading and writing skills. The Foundation staff reviews and evaluates funding requests before they are presented to the Board of Directors.

Generally, the Board evaluates applications three times per year. Applications must be postmarked by the following deadlines: Feb. 1, May 1, and Aug. 1.  Contact: (877) 285-2006

Verizon Foundation

The philanthropic arm of Verizon Communications is soliciting proposals that help address literacy, programs supporting English as a second language, and basic computer literacy skills in the communities the company serves. To qualify for funding, applicants must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a valid Internal Revenue Service tax ID.

School grant requests must benefit after-school programs and have a current National Center for Education Statistics school and district registration number to qualify. Proposals between $25,000 and $50,000 may be submitted through the Verizon Foundation website by May 5.

May we seek knowledge in all things,

Denise

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Read to A Child Today…Find Out Why it is Important!

Educational websites and apps for parents, caregivers or early childhood teachers…make a difference in the life of a child…READ to them!

www.suite101.com

It is the responsibility of us all to invest in our future. To prosper as a nation, the literacy gap needs to be looked at as just that, an investment.

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