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How 2B Hip

How can you stay current? What if you were thrown into an elementary classroom or library with no recent experience with that age child? How can you do a crash course in children's interests? It's not as easy as it seems. Some simple ideas off the top of my head:

  • Ask the students
  • Ask parents
  • Ask store clerks
  • Visit Wal-Mart, K-Mart, etc. to see which action figures are prominently displayed and what figures are printed on their clothing
  • Top Ten Lists for Kids: Music
  • Family Vacations: what do kids want
  • Peace Corps Kids World – discover what kids like to do in other countries
  • Canada.Com explores which extracurricular activities keep kids hopping
  • Nielsen ratings for households (doesn't indicate kids preferences)
  • Survey their favorite foods

    I see new moms exploring this issue on their blogs while they shop, while perusing parent magazines, and while establish participatory networks:

  • Hip Kid Blog
  • Baby Boy Blog
  • Modern Nursery – Begin Life in Style
  • Paper Mama

I wish we had a crash course for coolness for teachers and librarians. Where's the David Letterman style Top Ten list for Elementary students? Have you tracked these trends on your web sites and blogs? Share them.