I found it so interesting the wide range of interests and levels of newly minted 6th graders. They are reading everything from adult literature to fantasy adventure to Karl Sagan non-fiction. I guess it goes to show you that the middle school kid is everywhere on the spectrum from adult-like to still child-like.
The iPad is turning out to be a great communication tool for autistic children. At West Prairie South Elementary School, the iPad was introduced to help non verbal children communicate at the suggestion of their superintendent. The full article by Lainie Steelman is here. Here are some key paragraphs:
The 2011 National Book Award Winners for Young Adult (YA) Literature: Chime, My Name is Not Easy, Inside Out and Back Again, Flesh and Blood So Cheap: The Triangle Fire and Its Legacy, Shine, and Okay for Now.
Sorry, moms and dads, but it’s your job — not the schools’ — to find books to get your kids reading and to make sure they read them…and other great advice by author James Patterson on how to get your child to be a voracious reader.
This is from my oldest child’s Chinese teacher at school. These are the 40 most common Chinese characters. The chart shows the pronunciation, stroke order, and how the character is used in other, more complicated characters. Try drawing these with a calligraphy brush and a Chinese ink stone.
And what is really cool is that Riordan’s son Haley, now 16 years old, has written his own manuscript longer than his dad’s. Not bad for someone who hated to read so much that he hid under the table. The advice from Rick Riordan to get kids with ADHD to read is below.
I’m not one to buy Halloween presents for my kids, but if I did, I’d buy each of them a book from this list. I would, however, pick a Halloween themed books for my children’s book clubs if I were hosting in October. The great thing is that kids, mine at least, like these books year around. Halloween is probably a kids’ favorite holiday!
What are your favorite Halloween themed books? Please share and I’ll add to the list. Thank you!
Halloween ghosting is a tradition that we do in our neighborhood. My kids love it and it teaches a great lesson about giving versus receiving.
I found this on a great blog that I follow called PaperTigers that covers multi cultural kidlit and literacy around the world. They took YALSA’s (Young Adult Library Services Association) has just released their 2012 Best Fiction for Young Adults Nominations list and culled out the multi-cultural books. The books nominated have been published within the past 16 months, are recommended for ages 12 – 18, and meet the criteria of both good quality literature and appealing reading for teens.