My kids are getting an education on bullying at school with lots of anti-bullying “town meetings” or even small groups. And it does seem to confuse my kids as much as it sensitizes them. Now Massachusett’s new anti-bullying law is widely heralded as the most aggressive in the country. It criminalizes bullying and cyber-bullying by students, and requires schools to ferret out and respond to such incidents, many of which take place outside of school.
The most acute is how it impacts the critical relationship between schools and parents. The statute does not put any responsibility on parents to stop bullying. Worse, rather than foster a shared approach to stop such behavior, the statute actually undermines any meaningful communication between parents and schools.
This week we have some cuties reading by themselves, with their older brother, with friends on a play date (most unusual for these sporty boys to be reading and not whacking balls around), and yours truly reading with my youngest when he was Star of the Week. Enjoy!
I guess I am a children’s book award junkie. I really love all short lists for awards even more so than the actual award recipient. There is just something so exciting about a short list; anyone can be the winner. This genre: non fiction for young adult is not where I am reading ahead of my eldest yet as she is just eleven, but I am excited to learn about this award and I’m pretty sure that it will fit the bill for one of my kids in the future.
Second Hand Saturday is a new weekly feature for me and this is my second time posting on it. As I mentioned in my first post, it was started by the blog Reading Teen as a weekly contest to clear out the bookshelves, and many other blogs jumped on board. I am late to this party, but happy to be attending. Thank you Reading Teen!
The #1 post for 2010 is … How To: Really Love a Child (Poem) by SARK. The Director of my last preschool (there were 3 of them!) had included this poem in a weekly newsletter to the parents. She had happened upon it while riffling through an old fundraiser cookbook where it was included as a “recipe.” I had no idea that this poem would be so popular but it is such a sweet poem and great reminder of what is important to a child! And I thought this would be a nice way to end 2010 and welcome in 2o11. Happy New Years! And THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU for your support all year! Hope to see you a lot in 2011!!!
This was my first Top 10 list EVER! Many thanks to my Mom Friend, Sarah, giftor of Where On Earth is My Bagel. I know that she single-handedly sent this post viral when she emailed it to every person on the planet with a drop of Korean blood in them.
I was surprised to discover that this post went viral. I guess we are all confused as to what medicine is not under recall. I hope it helped you through the cold and flu season.
This takes a while and gives me what I think is the first stage of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. But it’s completely worth it when people come to the post and actually click around to check out the books, and hopefully find some new ones to enjoy. I haven’t read much Young Adult lit yet; I read ahead for my 5th grader so I am looking forward to reaching this genre, finally!
But… it was such an excellent post that I emailed her back to ask if I could just list the books and link it back to School Library Journal. She’s so nice that she said yes and it’s been a popular post because she’s really knows her children’s lit! And her picks are dead on! I bought a slew of her picks for my oldest who read every single one of them and pronounced them great. A few were slow starts where it was an effort to get into the book, but she chugged through and ended up enjoying every pick. I need to buy more books for my oldest and I will use this list!