Gryphon House is pleased to announce that four of our new books have won the Tillywig Brain Child Award. Congratulations to our great authors!
Shake, Rattle, and Roll, by Abigail Flesch Connors
Tillywig Brain Child Award, 2015: "Children are the ultimate movers and shakers. Nothing could be more natural to them than the unbridled physicality of playing rhythm instruments. Rhythmic sound centers kids' attention in a way little else can, engendering a deep connection that allows them to learn and grow by leaps and bounds. This book provides an abundance of easy-to-do classroom activities through which young students explore making music and inventing movements using a broad variety of rhythm instruments. Kids respond with excitement and exhilaration, and the academic benefits are many. Music is a language that cultivates communication and listening. The math involved in keeping the beat (and divisions thereof) builds a foundational, transferable skill set. Creating and expressing oneself in a group setting accumulates a host of social skills, and the exploration and experimentation of the music-making is nothing less than the scientific method in action."
Move to Learn, by Joye Newman and Miriam Feinberg, PhD
Tillywig Brain Child Award, 2015: "To children, movement is not only natural, it's essential. It is a huge part of how they take in the world around them as well as their earliest form of communication and self-expression. It is how they learn. This book provides educators with a variety of classroom and outdoor activities that integrate fine and gross motor-skill development across the early childhood curriculum (language and literacy, math, science, social studies, creative representations, and social skills). Throughout, cognitive and motor activities are presented as one, a unified approach that engages kids deeply. That extraordinary level of absorption is one of the reasons children take in information more fully and freely where movement is involved. The carefully conceived activities feel strikingly rich and spontaneous in their execution and are designed work for any classroom, regardless of physical space or number of children."
Getting to the Heart of Learning, by Ellen Booth Church
"This much-needed book (for teachers of kids aged 3 - 6 years) provides a clear and effective approach to helping children develop the social and emotional skills so essential to their present and future success in school. It does so through a series of activities that span the entire curriculum but that focus on both the emotional and academic aspects of learning. In the first chapter, we are introduced to the Seven Cs of Social-emotional Learning - cooperation, communication, curiosity, caring, contemplation, confidence, and competence - concepts that are woven into the fabric of the material that follows. The open ended, play-based activities are organized by topic - math, science, language, literacy, and motor skills. The fact that each of these chapters' titles begins with the words, 'Getting to the Heart of . . .' lets us know up front that we'll be exploring far more than just the academic aspect of each subject, and invaluably so."
Hands-On Science and Math, by Beth Rosenthal Davis
"The more engaged children are during the learning process, the greater their understanding and retention of the material. The experiments, activities, and overall approach in this book encourage a kind of 'full body learning' that brings all five senses into play, an approach that elevates kids' involvement to the highest level. The positive results are evident immediately - in the keen interest, excitement, even joy on the part of young learners as they observe, act, and inquire. There are dozens of fun, simple experiments designed to work with easy-to-find materials. The book uses research-based methods, provides step-by-step directions, and includes detailed explanations of the science involved, making it incredibly easy for an educator to intersperse science and math throughout the day. Above all, this hands-on approach promotes critical thinking and problem-solving in young students, laying a strong foundation for ongoing success in school and life."