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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

What are the 100 books that your child should not miss?

The Christian Science Monitor – Molly Driscoll

“Amazon has released a new version of its “100 Books to Read in a Lifetime,” this one centered on children’s books.” (more)

Let’s Read! Let’s Move! Soars to New Heights

Homeroom – Molly Block

“The third installment of ED’s summer series Let’s Read! Let’s Move! blasted into space at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum on July 23…The program supports First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative, which promotes healthy lifestyle choices and nutrition, while also encouraging strong early learning programs to ensure bright futures for children.” (more)

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Learning To Read May Take Longer Than We Thought

NPR – ANYA KAMENETZ

“Most of what we know — or think we know — about how kids learn comes from classroom practice and behavioral psychology. Now, neuroscientists are adding to and qualifying that store of knowledge by studying the brain itself…new research in the journal Developmental Science suggests a famous phenomenon known as the “fourth-grade shift” isn’t so clear-cut.” (more)

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

32 classic books for parents and kids to read together

The Christian Science Monitor – Mary Beth McCauley

“You don’t need an English degree for you and your children to read books simultaneously. Starting at the middle school level, experts say, there are plenty of classic titles sophisticated enough to hold parents’ attention yet accessible enough for kids.” (more)

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

What You Should Really Do If You Want Your Kids to Read This Summer

The Huffington Post – Katie Hurley

“The truth is that you can’t force your kids to read. Or you can, if you want to raise kids who hate reading and avoid it at all costs. But you can inspire a love of reading. You can leave the parenting rat race behind and stop worrying about the black cloud, the summer slide, and the potential look on the teacher’s face this September and just read for fun.” (more)

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Picky reader? Let your child try nonfiction or biography

The Salisbury Post – Pam Everhardt Bloom

“To many children and their parents, reading involves a beautifully illustrated picture book or chapter book. These criteria can easily provide hours of happy reading, yet they can also be a constraint. This summer might be the time to open new doors of possibility in reading material for your child.” (more)

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Guest: STEM education relies on innovation from all disciplines

The Seattle Times – Mike Wierusz

“As a former engineer and current high-school teacher, STEM is a frequent buzzword in my lexicon. But, like many others, I have found myself thinking that the STEM acronym is somehow incomplete. What about art? What about English? Many other disciplines play a vital role in developing our next generation of innovators. Outside of the education world, STEM does not exist in a vacuum.” (more)

Friday, July 11, 2014

8 Ways to Teach Compassion to Kids

The Huffington Post – Signe Whitson

“…experts agree that fostering compassion in young people is among the best ways to prevent verbal, physical, and emotional aggression from taking root. Below, I detail eight ways to help your child and/or student develop compassion both as a character trait and a behavioral style:” (more)

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Why Grammar Is Important

The Huffington Post – William B. Bradshaw

“Grammar is the very foundation of literacy and is very important for performing the other core-competencies. Without being at the very top of the ability to understand and respond to written texts, the United States will fall even further behind other countries.” (more)

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Pediatrics Group to Recommend Reading Aloud to Children From Birth

The New York Times – Motoko Rich

“In between dispensing advice on breast-feeding and immunizations, doctors will tell parents to read aloud to their infants from birth, under a new policy that the American Academy of Pediatrics will announce on Tuesday.” (more)