It makes sense to me that schools should teach social and emotional skills since the research shows that emotional intelligence is the predictor for future success rather an IQ. (For more on that, read Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Coleman). The question is: why aren’t more schools teaching it? Oh yeah, I remember now. It’s not on the test. But I think this article makes a great case for why it should be on the test!
Help set a record for Jumpstart and Pearson’s Read for Record campaign by reading a favorite of mine, The Snowy Day, by Ezra Jack Keats on October 7. If you pledge to read and register on their site, you are also eligible to win a gift card from American Eagle for $77 (plus they are able to count you in their campaign).
I found this list of math apps from TouchReviews.net that I didn’t know about. You know me, I love math and apps so it’s a match made in heaven particularly if my kids will play them thinking that it’s fun. And one day, when I review enough great math apps, I will do a Top 10: Math App list of my own!
I will confess that I’ve never read a gender specific parenting book. My older two are girls and my husband and I are dreading the pre-teen (now!) and teenage years. The warnings abound of what is to come from parents of older girls and this might drive me to pick up a book on parenting pre-teen or teenager girls. My little boy, on the other hand, is at the stage where he loves his mommy the most and is as sweet as can be. I wish this phase could last forever. Parenting a boy compared to girls seems relatively straightforward — a straight line of screen time limits and outdoor play versus the wiggly line for girls of pissy attitudes and struggles over what to wear. Or could this just be that my son is still little?!
This was such a great list of books that I asked LiteratureForLunch for permission to repost and she graciously said yes. Enjoy!
Someone suggested this site to me. MathABC: Free Online Math Practice for Grades 1-6. Mark Sanders, the founder, says that he is in the process of adding hundreds more exercises but I have to say that what is up now is pretty great! And did I mention that it’s FREE?!!
This is not a proven technique by any means. Here is the full article by Katherine Ellison of the New York Times, Neurofeedback Gains Popularity and Lab Attention. Here are some key paragraphs:
Success and failure: Child music prodigy Anna Markland went on to become a professional musician. However Andrew Halliburton, a maths prodigy, could not capitalise on his early promise and ended up working at a McDonalds restaurant
My oldest has been begging me to blog on my blog which is funny because she normally finds my blogging to be annoying. Today Mashable had this really great article on helping kids create their own blog. Caveat: if you do this, your kids will then be your technical support because we all realize that kids will be better at the tech stuff than we parents. I am going to help her, but this will require us to get another computer!