Books and online resources for you and your students
By Carolyn Astfalk
We couldn’t fit all of these excellent resources in the magazine, so we’re bringing them to you on our website.
Between the (book) covers
Prufrock Press offers quick reference guides on a variety of subjects, including growth mindsets and grit in the classroom. The sturdy laminate guides include strategies, tips, and infographics for easy use.
STEM and STEAM
Also from Prufrock Press is Could You Live Underwater?: A Design Thinking and STEM Curriculum Unit for Curious Learners by Megan Barnhard and Jade Rivera. The book includes six modules with flexible schedules that can be implemented in six class periods or over six weeks. Students in grades four and five build STEM skills with creativity and collaboration through projects and experiments.
For younger children, Hands-On STEAM Explorations for Young Learners: Problem-Based Investigations for Preschool to Second Grade uses nursery rhymes to explore using hands-on investigations. For example, children create Old King Cole’s fiddle using cardboard boxes and rubber bands.
Mass journal for kids
To Hear His Voice: A Mass Journal for Catholic Kids by Ginny Kochis (NotSoFormulaic.com) provides the Sunday Mass readings with discussion questions, writing prompts, ideas for living God’s word, and room to draw or journal. Covers a three-month period.
Angel activity book
Pauline Kids’ Fun with Angels Coloring & Activity Book, suited for grades one through three, features coloring pages, word searches, word jumbles, and more alongside stories of angels as depicted in the Bible and guardian angels as explained in the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
On the screen
Watch a video introduction to the CathoLOOK card game, a Catholic version of Spot It! suitable for classroom use, at Catholook.com. Game play is based on visual skills rather than language knowledge.
With Classroom Screen, you can project your favorite widgets, including a timer, drawing app, instructions, noise level meter, and more. Check out comparative classroom tools, such as ClassDojo Toolkit and Flippity. With Flippity, turn Google spreadsheets into flashcards, word searches, tournament brackets, and more.
Find the education resources you seek by using the right hashtags for specialty areas, leadership, special education, and more at todayct.us/hashtags.
Math facts help
Kate Snow’s Math Facts That Stick (kateshomeschoolmath.com) provides day-by-day, week-by-week instructions for parents to help their children master addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division facts by tackling small groups of facts at a time.
Yay! Math offers free instructional videos on algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and statistics plus an app, books, and even one-on-one instruction. Take some time to get familiar with all of the resources at YayMath.org.
Little Saint Adventures
Interactive, faith-based education for children in preschool through second grade is a touch away with the Little Saint Adventures app. Add multiple children with individual avatars. Visit five unique worlds with different themes, interactive Bible stories, games, and quizzes. Developed by Catholic educators. Available from the App Store or Google Play.
Carolyn Astfalk is a contemporary Catholic novelist, blogger, CatholicMom.com contributor, and mother of four Catholic-school students ranging from kindergarten to high school.
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