Here’s a follow up article to the New York Times article, Forget What You Know About Good Study Habits, by Sandhya Nankani and Holly Epstein Ojalvo. Here’s an excerpt of how to apply the strategies at home or in the classroom:
A Dad Friend sent me this article from the New York Times on ruthless decluttering, Mom, You’re One Tough Art Critic. The more I thought about posting on this, the more I remembered the piles of messy art that I have squirreled away throughout my house and realized that I was in no position to be giving advice on how to purge or store your child’s artwork.
The best way to create a caring climate is to engage children collectively in an activity that benefits another human being.
Dr. Gwenn Schurgin O’Keeffe, a pediatrician who is a member of the academy’s council of communications and media…
“At the moment, we seem to feel it’s the same as TV.”
Mean-girl bullying used to set in over fifth-grade sleepover parties, but now the warfare increasingly permeates the early elementary school years. By Pamela Paul of the New York Times.
Even if you are not buying picture books, please read them to your children! Get them from the school library, the public library, a yard sale or do book trades with mom friends. Picture books are for any age; they are a complete story with a beginning, middle and end. The illustrations help to tell the story and picture books often have rich and vivid language making it a more interesting experience than some repetitive, mindless easy chapter books (Rainbow Fairies come to mind here but you fill in the blank with your pet peeve series).
Will kids read more if it’s on a digital reader (iPad, Kindle, etc.)? Here’s what the Scholastic research found (via New York Times article by Julie Bosman):
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.