What Teachers Say About Hoopoe Books
“These books share not only wonderful folk stories from a region not often represented in current children’s literature, but there is also an innate potential in them for supporting skills such as prediction, critical thinking, and social/emotional development skills of demonstrating empathy and conflict resolution. This is all done with humor, bold attractive art and a strategic use of vocabulary.” —Laurie Noe, Prof. Early Childhood Ed. Housatonic Community College, Bridgeport, CT
“The Hoopoe Books and Lesson Plans are carefully designed to show effective ways of defining and responding to everyday situations. Students learn to tie educational learning to common experiences and apply real life solutions to abstract circumstances. The program provides motivation to problem solve and discuss plots, characters and imagery, patterns and relationships. Measurable results of students are tabulated and include participation and academic improvement.” —Shirley Jackert, Executive Director, Camp Fire USA – Long Beach, CA
“The content of the stories was excellent. They all provided opportunities to learn more about the literacy traditions of other cultures and to explore new ways to engage children in literacy activities.” —W. Robles de Melendez Program Prof. of Early Childhood Ed Nova Southeastern University, Miami Beach, FL
“The staff and I are very impressed by the depth of the stories and how the same books can be used by different ages with different “teaching lessons.” —Lisa Quan, Former Director, Albany Children’s Center, CA
“They are incredibly beautiful and well-written books and unique and it’s wonderful to be able to give books that feature stories and people from Afghanistan, Central Asia, and the Middle East. It is certainly extremely important and timely to introduce these stories now given the world situation.” —Jinnie Spiegler, Vice President for Programs, Learning Leaders, New York, NY
In the FREE RESOURCE section on each page for the following titles you can find Lesson Plans and Reader’s Theater downloads for grades K–12 and Activity Guides and Reader’s Theater downloads for grades PreK-1. The Lesson Plans are aligned to national and state education standards. The Activity Guides are aligned to national education and Head Start standards.
Teachers will find in the All About Me series a set of charts showing the areas each book meets according to the American Psychological Association’s National Standards for Psychology at the high-school level, the standards established for the College Board AP Psychology course, and the National Board Standards for Science/Adolescent and Young Adulthood.
The All About Me series is also correlated to the Common Core State Standards for Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects and to the WIDA PRIME Inventory by a WIDA-trained correlator. To read a report by the All About Me correlator, click here.
Focused on the mind, each text provides a set of lessons and various activities that teach sophisticated brain research in an accessible and interesting way, and these lessons meet and exceed today’s high educational standards.
“LEARNING THAT LASTS” Teaching-Stories for Early Childhood Education
Educators and psychologists all recognize that the early years are critically important for our children. During these years we want to provide them with the basic skills they need to encourage a lifelong love of learning and the habits of mind that will get them off to a rich start.
We want to help young learners develop skills that they can use to become successful as they continue in life and in their school careers. In order to do this, we need to use tools that encourage higher-level comprehension, promote social and emotional development, encourage empathy and conflict resolution, and enhance critical thinking. Above all, we need to engage in best-practice strategies that ensure that this critical learning is taking place.
One such tool is the Teaching-Story. This booklet describes its unique qualities and discusses how current brain research views Teaching-Stories as beneficial. It explores higher-level thinking skills, such as analogical and contextual thinking, and describes how these are enhanced by the careful use of these stories. We look at the value of open-ended questions. We see that social and emotional, as well as empathetic, benefits can be reaped when we use Teaching-Stories. And, finally, we examine strategies such as the use of meaningful repetition that will help us ensure our children’s successful use of this material.