Book Feature: Active Stories for Active Learning by Carol Totsky Hammett and Nicki Collins Geigert

by | Dec 6, 2020 | Book Feature | 0 comments

Active Stories for Active Learning is a learning book for children by Carol Totsky Hammett and Nicki Collins Geigert.

Books and stories are among the first tools for learning. Though chapter books feature rhymes alphabets, and songs introduce kids and young readers to basic knowledge and learning. However, it is through learning activities that children also learn to appreciate the lesson both in and out of the classroom. Dance, children’s rhymes, and games teach enable the children to pick up the lessons faster while at the same time enjoying the learning process. Today, ReadersMagnet features a book titled Read! Move! Learn! Active Stories for Active Learning by Carol Totsky Hammett and Nicki Collins Geigert.

Read! Move! Learn! Active Stories for Active Learning

Before we proceed with the book, let us first take a moment to know and understand what is active learning and why is it an important aspect of educating young people. According to

“Active learning is an approach to instruction that involves actively engaging students with the course material through discussions, problem-solving, case studies, role plays, and other methods. Active learning approaches place a greater degree of responsibility on the learner than passive approaches such as lectures, but instructor guidance is still crucial in the active learning classroom. Active learning activities may range in length from a couple of minutes to whole class sessions or may take place over multiple class sessions.”

Published in 2007, Read! Move! Learn! Active Stories for Active Learning is a learning module that promotes active learning in the classroom. According to authors Hammet and Geigert the book’s aim is to ‘enhance literacy skills, bring the magic of a good book to the classroom, and encourage healthy, active lifestyles in young children.’ It has over 150 active learning experiences based on more than 70 popular children’s books including classic and modern stories. Each selection in Read! Move! Learn! presents two or three activities designed to support the corresponding story. There are also classroom physical activities incorporated in order to enhance the development of basic motor skills like jumping and skipping, as well as dramatic play skills. The book provides essential details such as theme connections, related books, and music, lesson objectives. Read! Move! Learn! also contains a vocabulary list and a concept list for each activity in the book.

Some of the titles included are:

· Barn Dance

· Color Dance

· Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes

· I’m a Little Teapot

· In the Tall, Tall Grass

· Monkey See, Monkey Do

· Quick as a Cricket

· Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear

· Ten Terrible Dinosaurs

· We’re Going on a Bear Hunt

Active learning is important because it encourages students to think independently and develop critical mindedness. It also promotes creative thinking and active participation among kids through various physical activities and exercises. Furthermore, active learning encourages kids to be with and work alongside others. They learn to play roles and take their own responsibilities.

About Carol Totsky Hammett

Carol Totsky Hammett taught pre-kindergarten and early childhood special education. Her teaching career spans over 25 years. She has a doctorate in educational leadership, studying how active learning (learning through movement) can help vocabulary development in kindergarten and first-grade students. Dr. Carol Totsky Hammett is a retired school principal in Bend, Oregon. She also conducts seminars on various topics in early education.

About Nicki Collins Geigert

Nicki Collins Geigert is from Carlsbad, California. Her career as an educator spans over 40 years. Geigert has led numerous workshops for The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and the American Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (AAHPERD) as well as national and regional early childhood organizations. She also works as an early childhood motor development consultant. Nicki Collins Geigert is also a photographer, travel writer, and author of several books including Family Trip to Magical Madagascar and Beyond.


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