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Wonderful News to Share with You

Wow! So much has happened since our last update and now we finally get to share all the wonderful news with you. Take a look at what we’ve been up to this month. Storybook Sundays: Des Moines Barber Encourages Reading with New Program Des Moines Register “Amaru Johnson eagerly slides into a barber chair, holding a book: ‘Finding Mighty,’ by […]

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It’s not really about the money…

Hello friends, Here are some articles I read that I think would be of interest to you and your family. Principal Creates Barbershop In School To Connect With Students By Cutting Their Hair One principal in Delaware understands the relationship between grooming, self-confidence, and learning. Mr. Newton set up a barbershop in his school in order to bond with […]

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Explaining The Basics Of Human Rights With Your Child

December is quite often the month when one thinks of holiday cheer, shopping, and family gatherings. But, did you know that December is also a time to come together and stand up for equality, justice, and the dignity of all humans? National Human Rights Month is celebrated every December and it provides an opportunity to […]

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Let’s Talk About Racism

Hello friends, Thank you for subscribing to The Irby Review and sharing your thoughts with me each month. Here are some articles I discovered that would be of interest to you and your family: Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi are Teaming Up to Help Young People Navigate Racism Two award-winning authors collaborated on a young adult book debuting in March 2020 […]

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Getting Kids to Read by Choice

By Zenobia Jackson July 28, 2017 Allowing children, and specifically boys to select what they read can be a powerful change agent in the motivation to read. In the majority of schools, student choice is an education phrase that is thrown around to say that we are giving students choice in their learning. But in […]

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3 Ways to Prevent Summer Slide

By Felicity LuHill July 10, 2017   What is Summer Slide? Summer Slide is a fun-sounding phrase for a serious issue. It’s the tendency to lose some level of knowledge or skill set achieved the previous school year during summer break. It is most likely to occur with struggling readers and children who “slide” out of […]

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Create Your Own Declaration of Independence

By Felicity LuHill February 20, 2017   In honor of President’s Day, create your very own Declaration of Independence! With your early reader, either at home or in the classroom.   What you need: 3 Black Tea Bags Plain White Paper or Paper with the Declaration of Independence text*** Black Pen or Marker (a calligraphy […]

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3 Takeaways From Alvin Irby’s Workshop

By Felicity LuHill June 30, 2017   A couple weeks ago, Barbershop Books Founder, Alvin Irby led his workshop, “Kale Salad & Boogers: How Cultural Competency Creates Transformative Reading Experiences” at the National Book Foundation’s conference, Why Reading Matters. Along with being direct about the issues young black boys face in schools today, Alvin also […]

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Education Through Failure

By Felicity LuHill April 25, 2017   This week, in Edutopia, there was an article titled “Redefining Failure,” which says that educators should encourage students to try new things and fail so that students can grow and learn from their mistakes. It uses the example of bowling, a first-time bowler will learn quickly on their own […]

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Different Method of Learning (and Reading!)

By Felicity LuHill April 17, 2017     When encouraging kids to read, it’s important to note their specific learning styles. Every child has his own way of learning and trying to make him learn through a different method can prove to be frustrating and counterproductive. When I tutored a fourth grader who was having […]