Here’s an educational irony: As students across the state start another school year ready and eager to learn, lawmakers in Washington, D.C., are poised to eliminate the only federal program that supports our most academically promising students.
GingerbreadHouse has a great post on an iPhone/iPad app featuring my favorite cookbook author, Nigella Lawson. The app, apparently, has great easy recipes with 6 or less steps and lets you find recipes based on what you have on hand. Wow! Perfect after an overly zealous trip to the farmer’s market! Check out the app by clicking here to go to GingerbreadHouse’s great blog or click on image to view it at iTunes. Happy cooking!
The nation’s governors and state school chiefs released on Wednesday a new set of academic standards, their final recommendations for what students should master in English and math as they move from the primary grades through high school graduation.
Did you know the number one determiner of success when a child enters formal schooling is the number of hours he has been read aloud to by someone close to him? The simple act of reading to your child will make all the difference in the world!
But … WHAT IF your child does not enjoy reading? WHAT IF, your child hates to read aloud but is at the stage where it’s necessary to make sure the words are decoded correctly? WHAT IF, reading is torture and you, the parent, do all the reading to your child? WHAT IF, it seems as if your child will NEVER read for pleasure? Here are some ideas to get your child reading.
I found this from Books and Stuff which is the blog for Westerville Library and they give their perspective on the winners at the bottom of this post. Benny and Penny in the Big No-No by Jeffrey Hayes is the 2010 Winner. The information on the Geisel 2010 winners is from the ALSC (The Association for Library Service to Children):
From a Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) point of view, the most important consideration at the start of the new school year is to create positive feelings and optimism about school. This has many practical implications for both educators and parents.
My five-year-old son has been hogging my iPhone and the family iPad all last week while we were on vacation. He loaded tons of “free” games which ended up costing us $10 — (my husband: “Does he know how to read ‘free’?” Me: “Yes, he reads it as ‘fee.’ Hence the charges!) — and we had to yell at him to turn off the screens. Except when we noticed he was playing Math Ninja. True, he’d try to cheat and slyly ask us what 9 + 6 is but we were on to him. It turns out to be a fun game for all my kids including my 10-year-old and 8-year-0ld, both girls. And, I turn out to be bad at it.
I have to hand it to Random House because it’s a brilliant play to take the Uglydolls and convert them into books — isn’t it usually the other way around — with an edgy attitude which I can only describe as slightly gross (to appeal to boys) and slightly sweet (to appeal to girls).