Archive for October, 2010

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Study: Half of high school students admit to bullying.

Bullying Prevalent in All Schools

Social media has its evil dark side:  cyber bullying.  It’s caught the attention of the White House and now studies indicate the prevalence of cyber bullying among high school students, but probably middle school age kids as well … it’s just not tracked is this particular set of studies.  There is no distinction between inner city and suburban schools so I also wonder if that skews the results.  An interesting point:  cyber bullying is much less prevalent in private schools.  Why do you suppose that is?  Is it greater involvement of administrators and teachers in students’ social issues?  Is it because they can expel and reject problematic students and therefore the bad eggs all end up in public school? (Where apparently they lead a rampage of bullying both on and off the computer).  What do you think?  Has anyone experienced cyber bullying in their households?  Advice for us?  Thanks! Read more…

Easy Harry Potter Series: Ghostville Elementary

Easy Chapter Books for 2nd Grade

My middle daughter wanted to post on this series and this is what she says:

” This is kind of like a Harry Potter for kids in first or second grade. Maybe even Kindergarten if a parent reads aloud to their child. It’s about these kids in third grade and they get moved down to the basement classroom, and they start to think that there are ghosts in their room (and it’s true!). This is a series that I highly recommend. There are eleven or twelve books. Read more…

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Do Apps Make Your Kids Smarter?

Are Apps Making Kids Smart or Dumb?

After just posting on iPhone and toddlers and the slippery path to too much TV screen time, I found this argument for the educational benefits of iPhone/iPad apps.  Isn’t this just like the parenting books that we all read while pregnant?  Was it me or if you read enough of them, didn’t they all contradict each other?  That used to make me crazy!  Then I found the solution:  I just followed the advice of the parenting books that coincided with my parenting style.  I think the iPhone controversy is the same:  go with your gut.  You are always right when it comes to what is best for your child.  And … moderation is the key! Read more…

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Holiday Gift for Kids Who Like Office Supplies: Little Librarian

Little Librarian for Playing Pretend Library

Harley Gal Work Mom sent me the link to this gem!  My middle daughter who is 8 years old would have a field day with this as she is obsessed with office supplies and loves to organize her stuff such that it resembles a classroom, a Staples store, or a school cubby room.  Yes, she is an organizer, that one!

I’m not sure if kids love to play librarian but I noticed at the Boston Children’s Museum El Supermercado how much the kids love to use a pretend scanner.  Note, however,  that there isn’t one in this kit.  My kids never actually pretended to be a librarian though I would be really excited if they wanted to organize our jumbles of books! Read more…

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Toddlers and iPhones: TV or Educational?

Is the iPhone Bad for Toddlers?

I have to say that my iPhone, which is a fairly recent acquisition, is hotly sought after by all my three kids, so much so that I never know what the volume level is set at, or where to find the icons I use as my kids are constantly “organizing” my phone for me.  My youngest was 5 when I got my iPhone and is very adept at using my iPhone.  In fact, he was the first to discover how to delete apps when I discovered that he had removed all the educational math apps that offended his sensibilities.  Had I purchased the phone years ago, I’m sure he’d have played with it at a much younger age. Read more…

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You Will Never Be Just Pretty!

Are Girls Taught to be Pretty?

Poet Katie Makkai defines the word “pretty” as it applies to girls, and she has very strong opinions on what message should be passed down to our daughters on this topic.  Funny, true, poignant and moving.  3 1/2 minutes of your time. Read more…

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The Pharaoh’s Secret: Like The Red Pyramid But Better!

More Books Like Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan

Marissa Moss‘s The Pharaoh’s Secret is a departure from her popular Amelia’s Notebook series but what a great departure it is … along the likes of Rick Riordan’s The Kane Chronicles:  The Red Pyramid, but I actually think this book is better than Riordan’s which surprises even me because I love his work deeply! Read more…

SAT Words for Kindergarteners from Picture Books

Best Picture Books that Build Vocabulary

I realize that maybe only a few of us find this list both amusing and educational.  My husband and I love to ask our son what he thinks these words mean just to hear his responses.  Even when our son is correct, we always get a good chuckle.  It’s even funnier when he’s wrong.  Then, we read the sentence and he gives it another go.  Usually the sentence helps him nail down the meaning. Read more…

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Why Are Boys Failing? Brain Development Differences?

Boys and Learning

This is an interesting theory but the article is not well fleshed out. The research shows that the final brain development is basically the same for adult men and women but the rate of development of boys and girls is never in synch.  It’s not so much that boys are behind girls; in some areas boys are ahead and in others behind.  It’s more that the brain development is on a different route. All roads get there eventually … they just make different stops along the way. Read more…