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Effective Study Strategies and It’s Not What You Think!

How to Study Effectively; Surprising Ideas!

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 in the classroom but it might be a fun thing to try with your kids at home as they study: Read more…

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Top 10 Tips to Organize Children’s Artwork

Organizing Your Kids’ Artwork

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. Read more…

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Teaching Empathy to Prevent Bullying

Best Anti-Bullying Program for Schools

The best way to create a caring climate is to engage children collectively in an activity that benefits another human being.

Ervin Staub, professor emeritus of psychology at the University of Massachusetts Read more…

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Toddlers and iPhones: TV or Educational?

Is the iPhone Bad for Toddlers?

I have to say that my iPhone, which is a fairly recent acquisition, is hotly sought after by all my three kids, so much so that I never know what the volume level is set at, or where to find the icons I use as my kids are constantly “organizing” my phone for me.  My youngest was 5 when I got my iPhone and is very adept at using my iPhone.  In fact, he was the first to discover how to delete apps when I discovered that he had removed all the educational math apps that offended his sensibilities.  Had I purchased the phone years ago, I’m sure he’d have played with it at a much younger age. Read more…

Girl Bullying On the Rise? Hannah Montana to Blame

Why is Girl Bullying on the Rise?

Girl bullying is every parents’ worst nightmare.  Parents of tormented girls have it the worst, but parents of bullies must be equally uncomfortable, I would imagine, once they figure out that their little girl is needlessly cruel.  Even parents of the passive girls — the vast majority — who stand around witnessing bullying but helpless to intervene feel frustration as the tales of bullying pour forth.  At least that is what it seems like to me. Read more…

Picture Books No Longer a Staple for Children?!

Are Picture Books Still Popular?

Is this a sign of the recessionary times or a shift in reading?  I hope it’s just the recession because I LOVE picture books and this article from Julie Bosman at The New York Times just makes me and my Dad Friend sad!

I will do my part.  I just bought Jon Scieszka‘s Math Curse.  Now I think I will buy Robot Zot next.  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.  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). Read more…

Kids Find eReaders Appealing

Will kids read more if it’s on a digital reader?

Here’s what the Scholastic research found (via New York Times article by Julie Bosman):

  • About 25 percent of the children surveyed said they had already read a book on a digital device, including computers and e-readers. Read more…

New Standards in Education

New State Education Standards

Below are some key paragraphs about the new state standards.  Here is the link to The New York Times article.  Here is the link to the PDFs that spell out the new state standards.  This seems like a good thing but what are your thoughts? Read more…