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Multi-tasking is key transferable parenting skill

Multi-tasking – the key transferable parenting skill, says poll

Posted in Statistics and trends on 25th January 2010. Full post here.
Multi-tasking is the most important skill that parents have acquired which can be applied in the workplace, according to a www.workingmums.co.uk poll. Read more…

Percy Jackson: Add-On Books Get Rave Reviews

An addendum to Percy Jackson: The Movie and Edith Hamilton’s Mythology.

It’s always sad when a really great series ends, so there are always “add-on” books to prolong the experience but are not really the same as the book series. My daughter LOVED, LOVED, LOVED the Percy Jackson series so much that she also got really into Edith Hamilton’s Mythology. She’s been begging for the “add-on” books. I got her The Ultimate Guide through Scholastic at school and she told me that it helps her to understand the series better. Now she wants the other two. Will I buy them? Of course! It is really sad when a great series ends so why not?! Read more…

“Outside-the-Box” Algebra Textbook for Visual Learners

Life of Fred: Beginning Algebra as serious as it needs to be By Dr. Stanley F. Schmidt

Before I review this exciting algebra textbook, I wanted to digress about my freshman Chem 5A class at Harvard a million years ago… Read more…

Book that Changed Robert F. Kennedy, Jr’s Life…Really!

My Side of the Mountain By Jean Craighead George

If you ever truly wondered if books are living changing, I give you this forward by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. from Frightful’s Mountain:

“…I thought the Craigheads might be the only family in America that was having more fun than the Kennedys. Obssessed with falcons as I was from birth, I read My Side of the Mountain in 1964. … I entered Millbrook upstate New York drawn by its informal falconry program….My experience as a young falconer accounts in large part for my lifelong devotion to raptors and my continued interest in natural history….My years as a falconer helped drive my own career choice as an environmental lawyer and advocate. The knowledge and experience I acquired from falconers have marked my life and made me a far more effective advocate on nature’s behalf.” Read more…

How To: Be a Better Parent

How to Be a Great Parent

I found this on the web and thought it was a great list from Michael Grose.  It’s slightly self-promotional to buy his stuff, so just ignore that part.  Enjoy! Read more…

Adventure Book for Middle School Boys

Best Books for Boys Who Hate to Read

Brian’s Hunt by Gary Paulsen is Sam Grimby, of My Side of the Mountain, a little older morphed with the movie starring Michael Douglas and Val Kilmer called The Ghost and The Darkness.  At 103 slim pages, this book is a perfect read for reluctant boy readers.  With one climatic chapter that is a little gory, because there is a devil muckwa (Cree for devil bear) involved — think back to the possessed lions in The Ghost and The Darkness and I’d place this book for 4th through 6th graders depending on how they can handle a little blood and gore. Read more…

Picture Book about Autism for Typicals in Elementary School

Picture Book Teaches Kids Compassion

The Friendship Puzzle (about Autism) by Julie L. Coe.  This is a great book to teach children how to relate to their classmates with special needs.  In this picture book, MacKenzie Macabee meets Dylan, the new boy at school who seems a little different.  When he has trouble fitting in, she puts the pieces of the puzzle together of why and learns about autism, but, even more importantly, she learns how to connect with him.  Her friendship with Dylan helps to bring her classmates around and he becomes a sought after soccer player.

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Science Project: How a Knock on the Head Causes a Concussion

Science Project for High School

Take the hockey-puck-on-a-rod test a Michigan high school kid cobbled together to help figure out if a knock on the head has caused a concussion. Sports medicine specialists are increasingly worried about the long-term implications of mild, repeated head trauma. Read more…

Pippi Longstocking meets Anne of Green Gables

Strong Role Models for Girls in Chapter Books

Everything on a Waffle by Polly Horvath is Pippi Longstocking meets Anne of Green Gables combined with a Newbery Honor Award full of entertaining characters living in a small fishing village in Canada. Everyone in Coal Harbor, British Columbia is convinced that  11-year-old Primrose Squarp is an orphan after her mother sets sail after her fisherman  father during a big storm and both don’t return except Primrose who knows they will return deep inside her heart.  Her uncle Jack is recruited to take care of her and he is convinced that Coal Harbor can be converted from a dying fishing village to a tourist destination.  Primrose’s faith in her parents’ return tests the patience of those around her as she fails to accept their “death” by asking the doubters, “Didn’t you ever believe anything just because you knew it was true?” Read more…