This is from Imagine Learning who turned to Ann Lodgson, a school psychologist who specializes in helping parents and teachers help struggling students. Click here for entire article.
My 5th grade daughter’s book club got invited to the 5th grade boys’ book club because they had a special guest, William Maliul, an articulate and engaging Lost Boy of Sudan, who came to speak about his experiences in Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, and the United States. Brothers in Hope was the book club selection and though it is a picture book, the content is suitable for a 4th or 5th grader.
The Geisel Award is given annually to the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished American book for beginning readers published in English in the United States during the preceding year. It was founded in 2004 and the first award year was 2006, so it’s a fairly new award. That’s great because it’s a list that is actually plausible to work through! What Easy Readers have you and your kids enjoyed? Let’s add it to the list!
Things that seem harmless but will kill your dog if he or she eats it: raisins, onions, chocolate, coffee, coffee grounds, nuts (except peanut butter), bones, tomatoes, avocados, nutmeg, raw eggs, salt, mushrooms, xyliton, sugar, corn syrup, alcoholic beverages, cat food, fat trimmings, hops, human vitamins containing iron, macadamia nuts, marijuana, milk, dairy, spoiled food, persimmons, potatoes, rhubarb, raw fish, and yeast dough.
My Mom Friend Lynn told me about a unique and wonderful sports camp called Evolution Action Sports Training Center that combines skateboard ramps with trampolines and sports games. It’s non competitive and her son’s favorite part is when they sit around in a circle and share. They talk about recycling, how to be a good friend, and feng shui. Doesn’t it sound Zen?
The list is actually The 100 Most Celebrated Travel Books of All Time and it’s here. Given that my “second act” is 12 years away, I am just going to try to read the first 10 books which I am surprised to find that I have read NONE of them!! What is your favorite travel memoir book? Mine is still A Year in Provence and On Rue Tatin. Maybe I am just partial to France.
This is a great blog post on Partnered Reading to encourage your reluctant reader to read from http://PracticalPages.wordpress.com She also gives some great resources if you need further advice.
The Green Earth Lit award is sponsored by the Newton Marasco Foundation for books that either promote an inspired understanding of the environment, an awareness of environmental issues, or a celebration of nature; encourage the concept of environmental stewardship and the role each of us can play in nurturing, protecting, and defending our environment; and with environmental issues that are current and accurately portrayed. What are your favorite Green Earth books? Please share!
Thank you to everyone who sent in pictures of their kids caught in the act of reading! The pictures for this week are AMAZING starting off with a new blow up toy that my Mom Friend Melissa just got. It was very time consuming to inflate it, she tells me, but I think it’s well worth it as a very cool reading nook! What do you think?