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Studies have found that participating in household activities at a young age is the best predictor of future success. Henry Helps is a new series about a sweet little boy who really wants to help out around the house. From sorting laundry to setting the table, his parents find routine... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2012 at Capstone Connect
Capstone Classroom made it's presence known at this years National Reading Recovery Conference in Columbus, OH. Reading Recovery is a short-term intervention of one-to-one tutoring for low-achieving first graders-these students are often those who are not catching on to the complex set of concepts that make reading and writing possible.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2012 at Capstone Connect
Big hugs and my top pick for the this lovely dovey day. Roses are red. Violets are blue. Capstone has Valentine's titles and they're perfect for you! Happy Valentine's Day! No Valentines for Katie by Fran Manushkin Katie Woo's class had a special celebration for Valentine's Day. Katie had lots... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2012 at Capstone Connect
A World of Field Trips by Rebecca Rissman Young readers discover what field trips are, how they should behave on field trips, and how field trips around the world can be different. Full color photos beautifully illustrate diverse field trips.I adore this series. It's the easiest way to take a... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2012 at Capstone Connect
NEW! 2012 Capstone Early Learning Catalog is available NOW! Order your copy at or Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2012 at Capstone Connect
Poems for budding environmentalists. Beloved author, Father Goose (Charles Ghigna) inspires young children to take care of the planet with his delightful poems. Publishers Weekly described these titles as "A cheery book for toddlers—one of four titles launching the My Little Planet series—three children welcome spring by planting a seed.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2012 at Capstone Connect
Big Sisters Are the Best by Fran Manushkin Bringing a new baby into the home is a time of wonder and challenges. Author Fran Manushkin celebrates this special time with a tale that emphasize that there is plenty of love for everyone, baby and all. Manushkin perfecting depicts what it... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2012 at Capstone Connect
The festival of lights known as Hanukkah is almost at an end. Here are some favorite books commemorating this holiday. Hanukkah by Nancy Dickman From Judah Maccabee to lighting the menorah to eating potato latkes, this book introduces readers to the stories and traditions of Hanukkah and explains what it... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2011 at Capstone Connect
California, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, Ohio, Rhode Island and Washington—will receive grant awards from the $500 million Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge fund, a competitive grant program jointly administered by the U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services. The Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2011 at Capstone Connect
Know Your Emotions will help children learn to recognize different emotions and the facial expressions and body language that go with them. Large, diverse photos illustrate kid friendly situations and feelings. This series is a must have for ELL students and children with special needs. Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2011 at Capstone Connect
I See Winter! Aaahh! OK, I guess I have mixed feelings. Snow flurries have started to fall and the season is in full swing. More importantly I See Winter is the cutest book I've ever seen. Snowflakes, sleds, and skates are just the beginning of the joys of winter. I... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2011 at Capstone Connect
To celebrate this wonderful occasion. Here are my top five picture books of the year. 1.Too Shy for Show-and-Tell by Beth Bracken Sam is a quiet little boy who hates show-and-tell. Just thinking about it makes his stomach hurt. Sam must find a way to conquer his fear of show-and-tell.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2011 at Capstone Connect
My library is a polling place, a free internet center, a children's library, a safe place for group meetings, a way to meet my favorite authors, a concert hall and my second home. I am a library card-carrying Chicagoan. The first day I moved to this city, I went over... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2011 at Capstone Connect
Science, technology, engineering and math are linked together in what is called “STEM” curriculum. Much of these themes are already happening in early childhood programs. Science can be planting seeds, mixing materials together to make a change, rolling objects down a ramp. Technology—computers, but also using other tools such as... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2011 at Capstone Connect
Visit Capstone Early Learning Booth #941 Recieve a FREE BOOK come by our booth and ask how Check in and see if you've won our hourly drawing Need not be present to win! Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2011 at Capstone Connect
Have you ever wanted to make a jack o' lantern? Where do you start? You're about to see it happen, step by messy step! Pumpkin carving competitions are one of the major October traditions in my Northside Chicago neighborhood. Families gather and compete for the best design. It can get... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2011 at Capstone Connect
I've always loved living in the Midwest, because our season changes are well-marked and always sensational. The turning of summer to fall has always been my favorite seasonal transition; the slow shedding of summer's brighter colors to the darker moods of Autumn is truly incredible. Some of my favorite memories... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2011 at Capstone Connect
Everyone remembers the first time they learned about Dinosaurs. Whether it's in a Picture-Book or a paleontology piece, the eras of the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous stamp big marks in childhood. I hunted for every book and magazine article I could, searching for pictures about fossils and the way things... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2011 at Capstone Connect
When babies learn how to use objects, it helps them learn the names of those objects. Many of the most common first words are names for objects that a child uses everyday. Knowing what to do with an object, first to use it practically, like eating with a spoon, then... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2011 at Capstone Connect
As the seasons change, sadly so does the temperature. Fall is the perfect time to instruct your students on how the temperature effects them. These are the few precious months when It's getting colder, but it's not too cold for lessons outside.Take a look at this title. Kimberly Elpers a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2011 at Capstone Connect
Finding board books that are appropriate for both a 6 month old and a toddler can be a challenge. This new series introduces little ones to early childhood concepts they need for daycare and preschool. They are board books with sturdy split pages creates a delightful shared reading experience for... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2011 at Capstone Connect
Caroline Arnold, beloved author of Caroline Arnold's Animals has a featured interview in California Kids! Arnold, best known for her innovative nonfiction titles, is the Washington Post/Children’s Book Guild Award winner of the coveted Nonfiction Award for her lifetime achievements. Children adore Arnold because of her ability to details the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2011 at Capstone Connect
Math Around Us has been selected as a winner of the 2012 Teachers’ Choice Awards for Children’s Books by Learning magazine. The award heralds the very best in classroom-tested, teacher-recommended products. Teacher teams from across the U.S. judged the entries, naming the standouts which make teaching core curriculum topics more... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2011 at Capstone Connect
Recognizing basic shapes is a fundamental requirement of being prepared for school. Beyond recognition, identifying shapes in real world environments will help your child become familiar with shapes in even more fundamental ways. Playing "spot the shapes" is an easy way to start this recognition process. Being able to recognize... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2011 at Capstone Connect
Before entering kindergarten, a child must have a general understanding of the concept of time. It is ideal that the child understands how time relates to each day, week, month and year. For instance: There is a time to brush your teeth, a time for recess, a time for reading... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2011 at Capstone Connect