Archive for October, 2011

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How Kids Acquire Foreign Language Skills

How to Learn Languages: Children’s Brain Development

My brother-in-law sent me this article about helping your child’s brain develop from NPR. These are some interesting factoids from the article:

  • Babies can differentiate syllables and new sounds from very early on, but there are ways for parents to help their children develop their language skills faster and more efficiently.
  • Language is acquired quite well before the age of 6, but trying to force your children to read before the age of 4 is an effort that doesn’t work very well because the brain is not very well-equipped to tell the letter ‘b’ from the letter ‘d’ and so on… Read more…
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Learn Chinese Words and Culture Through Books for Kids

Learn Chinese Words Through Books for Kids

I was really blown away by this advanced picture book by Caldecott winning illustrator and author Ed Young. I had no idea he was Chinese but even more than that, I didn’t expect a picture book to cover a vast story about his own life surviving the Chinese war with Japan. Read more…

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From Reluctant Reader to Voracious Reader: What Worked for Me

Turning a Reluctant Readers into a Voracious Reader

(Article first published as From Reluctant Reader to Voracious Reader on Technorati and Imagination Soup.)

Can the elimination of book store chain affect middle school literacy? Sadly, yes. The closing of Borders, according to a recent report by media and publishing forecast firm Simba Information will stunt the children’s and young adult publishing market in the U.S.as the industry adjusts to a smaller book retailing footprint. This is because, “On a whole, the children’s/YA market still depends on print books — and a complicated connection between the publisher and the increasingly hard-to-reach reader. Read more…

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Top 10: Fundraising Tips for Your School’s Auction

Fundraising Tips for School Auctions

Originally posted on VolunteerSpot.com. VolunteerSpot.com‘s free online sign up sheets save time, eliminate reply-all email, and make it easy for more parents to get involved at school. Please check out VolunteerSpot.com! What an easy time-saving (and free) way to coordinate volunteers at school and get more parents involved! Read more…
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Apps for Autistic Children

Best Apps for Autistic Kids

Thank you to Dad developer Kyle Tomson of Mobile Education Store, for letting me repost his great article on apps for high functioning autistic children.  They  benefit greatly from the language aspects of these apps.  Kyle has a daughter, Caitlin, who is very high functioning on the autism spectrum so this topic is very near and dear to his heart, so much so that he went and developed them himself! Read more…

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Favorite Books for 6th Grade from 6th Graders

Best Books for 6th Grade by Ninety 6th Grade Students

I was my daughter’s middle school visiting day when I chanced upon a wall of “first day get to know you” papers. There were the usual questions like “favorite color” and “what elementary school did you attend?” but I honed in on “favorite book.” Most of these sixth graders had a favorite chapter book but a few did not which made me sad. Read more…

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iPad apps for Autistic Kids

Best iPad Apps for Autistic Children

My husband gave me this link to a 60 Minutes segment on Apps for Autism. It was about how Steve Jobs changed the world significantly for those with special needs. Read more…

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Best Young Adult Books for Teens

Best YA Books for Teens

What are the National Book Awards?

On March 16, 1950, publishers, editors, writers, and critics gathered at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City to celebrate the first annual National Book Awards, an award given to writers by writers. The American Book Publisher’s Council, The Book Manufacturers’ Institute, and The American Booksellers’ Association jointly sponsored the Awards, bringing together the American literary community for the first time to honor the year’s best work in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. As the Boston Herald reported the following day, “literary history was indeed in the making.” Read more…

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How to Get Your Kid to be a Fanatic Reader

Nurturing a Love of Reading in Your Child

Author James Patterson is revered as a god of fantasy adventure at my house. My oldest is a devoted fan and I am now resigned to pre-ordering his books for her. That he writes about reaching the middle school reluctant reader AND provides an amazing list of tempting books is music to my ears.

Authors who reach out to reluctant readers through their work deserve a special place in heaven! Thank you James Patterson! Read more…