Blog & Newsletter Archive

AWE Learning has launched a blog to keep you informed of everything related to digital learning, early literacy, and all other topics that matter to those interested in helping young learners. Check this page often for new posts and updates. If you just can’t wait, sign up for the newsletter to receive updates directly.

Why Picture Books?

November 20, 2017
November is National Picture Book Month. Picture books promote the development of creativity and story telling skills. Rather than simply listening to a story, picture books encourage children to tell a story.

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Holiday Gifts & Savings

November 15, 2017
Read our November Newsletter for holiday themed printables, Fall & Winter picture book recommendations, Customer Support tip, and more!

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Learning Through Play

October 25, 2017
Play, recreation, amusement, or fun, it not about doing; it’s about being. When early learners engage in play, they explore spatial relationship, hone motor capabilities, practice social skills and language, think creatively, and gather information about the world through their senses.

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Grants 101: Post Grant Application Submission

September 14, 2017
Read our third and final post in the Grants 101 Blog Series to learn more about what to expect after submitting your completed grant application; including tips for awarded grants and denied grants.

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Grants 101: Completing the Grant Application

August 25, 2017
Read our second post in the Grants 101 Blog Series to learn more about the foundations you should pursue for funding, and tips on completing the grant application.

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Prep for Back to School – August Newsletter

August 9, 2017
Prep the early learners in your community for the new school year with back to school themed math & literacy printables and book suggestions. Read about what’s new with AWE Learning, product tips, current promotions, and more!

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Grants 101: Searching for Grant Opportunities

August 3, 2017
We had an opportunity to ask our full-time Grant Writer some questions to provide suggestions in guiding your organization’s grant search process. Read our post for some tips on finding eligible grants to apply to.

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Just Right Books… How Do You Know?

July 13, 2017
Trying to read a book but struggling to correctly read the text or accurately comprehend the story can be frustrating, especially for early learners. It is important for children to have books that are “just right,” or on their appropriate instructional reading level, in order to enhance early literacy skills and build confident readers.

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Beat the Summer Slide

June 15, 2017
Summer Slide refers to the loss in knowledge and skills learned when the formal learning that takes place during the school year ends. Engaging your early learners in literacy based activities will help to prevent the summer slide. Read more for ideas on helping your early learners avoid academic learning loss this summer!

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Tips on Creating a Successful Makerspace with Limited Staff & Time

May 25, 2017
Guest blogger, Tina Hager, Library Director & AWE Learning Advocate, shares tips on building a makerspace at your library. A large budget, huge space, and lots of staff are not needed in order to have a successful makerspace for your patrons. Read Tina’s tips on resources, programming, and strategies to create your library’s makerspace!

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Prep for Summer Reading

May 18, 2017
The May 2017 newsletter features resources for your summer reading programs, customer spotlights, support tips, and more!

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The Popularity of Graphic Novels Reaches the Learning Environment

May 4, 2017
The presence of graphic novels in various learning environments has increased in recent years. Graphic novels incorporate elements of other art forms to create an engaging experience for young learners.  The visual images make it less intimidating for early learners to read as they practice and gain early literacy skills.

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Tablets as Learning Tools: How Students Have Adapted

April 20, 2017
The broad availability and use of digital tools – particularly tablets – has recently led to the increased use of mobile technology for young learners. Tablets and other digital devices offer endless opportunities for young learners to develop their early literacy skills in the classroom, library, afterschool programs, and at home.

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Enhance Early Literacy Skills with Paired Reading

April 6, 2017
Paired reading, or partner reading, is a research based fluency strategy often used with readers who struggle with or lack fluency. It builds collaboration, encourages cooperation, and supports peer-assisted learning.

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Benefits of E-books for Early Learners

March 23, 2017
As technology evolves and plays an increased role in our everyday lives, e-books have become more widely used. Their interactive features are valuable to young learners as they build their early literacy skills.

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Nonfiction Literature for Early Learners

March 10, 2017
Early learners are curious individuals and are intrigued by the people and environment around them. Exposure to nonfiction works as part of early literacy development helps build knowledge and familiarity with the real world.

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Literacy Skills for English Language Learners

February 23, 2017
English Language Learners (ELLs) are students who are learning English, and for whom English is not their first language. According to ASCD, it is often difficult for ELLs to master STREAM and social studies concepts, particularly because they do not have the necessary literacy skills and vocabulary to comprehend the teaching material.

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Learning and Leading: Resources & Tips For Your Community

February 16, 2017
Our February 2017 newsletter features downloadable activities for young learners, a featured makerspace, book recommendations from an AWE Learning Advocate, a helpful customer support tip and much more!

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Informal Learning Beyond the Classroom

February 9, 2017
Informal learning describes education that is much less organized and takes place outside of the classroom setting. These environments can include libraries, museums, online communities, child care centers, and other organizations.

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Third Grade Reading Marks Literacy Skill Development

January 26, 2017
Third grade is considered a critical turning point for early childhood learning. After young learners gain early literacy and language development skills, their learning ability increases for all STREAM subjects.

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Family Engagement Leads to Early Childhood Success

January 12, 2017
Family engagement is about the knowledge, values, and actions that enable children to be successful learners. For schools and libraries, family engagement refers to meaningful partnerships with parents that provide the opportunity to be active in the learning and development of their children.

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Professional Development: Educating Educators

December 28, 2016
As academic standards evolve, curricula are revised, and digital learning resources are integrated, it is important for educators to develop their teaching skills via professional development. With limited time available, educators face the need to balance professional development with what will be most helpful for their students to excel.

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Friend or Foe: Social Media in the Classroom

December 15, 2016
Among adults and children alike, social media is a ubiquitous part of life throughout the world. Educators are particularly focused on how to manage the daily use of social media by young learners, as well as the possibilities it presents in terms of in-classroom learning or library programming.

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A Customized Education through Personalized Learning

December 1, 2016
The incorporation of personalized learning strategies offers unique opportunities for early childhood development. Personalized learning allows teachers to assess students’ strengths and needs to create learning plans that are aligned to their interests. It also focuses on academic standards to cater to the needs of each young learner in the classroom.

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Authentic Learning: Real-World Scenarios for Young Learners

November 10, 2016
Young learners are often known to ask, “why do I need to know this?” or ”when will I ever use this?” If students are unaware of how a topic is relevant to their life, they are less inclined to focus and absorb the lesson. With the incorporation of digital learning technology, authentic learning has become an increasingly popular instructional strategy.

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November 2016 – Reading Ideas and Printables for Your Library

November 3, 2016
Our November newsletter features fun and engaging resources with a Fall theme, including printable activities for young learners, administrative support guides, and creative ways to incorporate your AWE Learning solutions into your programming.

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Coding Resources Can Improve Your Makerspace

October 27, 2016
When it comes to early literacy, the opportunity for young learners to gain experience with coding has increased exponentially. Coding makes it possible to develop the computer software, apps, and websites that young learners will continue to use with increasing frequency. Increased exposure to these basic skills, even at an early age, can help children understand the technological world they inhabit.

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Multicultural Literacy Improves Early Childhood Development

October 13, 2016
As a collective group, our perceptions of reality and even our literacy skills develop from the environment to which we are exposed, and the experiences that we have. As young learners mature, they are exposed to a considerable amount of literature.

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Reading Aloud Helps Young Learners Develop a Love of Literacy

September 29, 2016
Do you read aloud to your child? To your class? To your library visitors? Research has shown that reading aloud to young learners has a variety of positive benefits, including but not limited to increased language development, academic success, strengthened parent-child relationships and a long term love for reading.

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August 2016 – Literacy in the News, Back to School Resources, & a Special Promotion

In August of 2016, we put together the “greatest hits” of reports and relevant early literacy news in the past few weeks, along with a history lesson (and quiz) on public libraries, some fun back-to-school resources for your young learners, and much more.

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May 2016 – Early Literacy, A Letter from Our President, & More

Our inaugural newsletter and blog post includes an introductory letter from our President, Deborah Sorgi, some fun activities for spring and summer, a look at AWE Learning’s exclusive Customer Portal tool, and much more.

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Coming Soon!

Check back regularly for updates to our blog! We hope to post more regularly in 2017 and beyond.

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