Review: Knowonder Magazine on Teachers Pay Teachers
The October 2009 issue of Knowonder Magazine is
a free download available on Teachers Pay Teachers. Knowonder is a free
children’s magazine published in Utah and specializing in short stories for
children to enjoy. The magazine’s mission is to promote literacy by making it
easier to access. Knowonder’s monthly magazine contains stories for every day
of the month.
The benefit this free download has for students
can be achieved in the classroom or in the home. Because stories are short – no
more than two manageable magazine pages – children are able to enjoy the
benefits of reading or being read stories without being burdened by a task that
seems intimidatingly long. Authors of these stories are both kids and adults,
and these authors represent voices from across the globe. One significant
benefit of the worldwide pool of authors is the many cultures and backgrounds
represented in these stories, making the variety of topic and theme much
Knowonder supports its mission to promote
literacy and a daily reading habit by providing a lot of new and interesting
content in one accessible format. By reading stories written by children and
adults from around the world, children who read Knowonder Magazine are exposed
to new cultures, perspectives, and underlying assumptions about society and the
world. The magazine is structured so that stories could be read daily as
recommended, or teachers and instructors could select specific stories to
become the focal point(s) of lessons and class discussions. Parents could
easily become involved, because the “work" of using Knowinder is simply to read
aloud, or to have the child read. In other sections are full-color pages
containing art projects submitted by readers from around the globe, as well as
pen-and-paper activities like crosswords and mazes for kids. The magazine also
contains content geared toward adults, including projects, columns about
parenting, and recipes.
Knowonder Magazine is a tremendous resource for
teachers, parents, and others who are interested in literacy development in
children. One thing that users would need to keep in mind is that the magazine
is delivered electronically and the file is 132 pages long, which may make
printing the full magazine undesirable or even unfeasible for some users.
You can download your own copy of an issue of Knowonder Magazine here.
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The Writing Prompts Workbook: Grades 1-2
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