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by Marjorie Allee
Ages: 9 - 12
Ellen, a college freshman, spends
the summer with twelve-year old Jane at Woods Hole,
Massachusetts, where Jane's father is a marine biologist. The
girls enjoy light summer adventures while fishing and
picnicking. Jane is a great naturalist and shares much
scientific information throughout the story.
This book is best found in a library.
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It has been said that play is valuable
work for children, and if you have ever watched a three-month-old baby
intently involved with hand play, you understand why. The baby
examines his hands closely, noticing patterns, colors, shapes, and
sounds. Play is meaningful, creative, and vital component of a
child's development. Through play children develop social skills,
interact with playmates, resolve conflicts, and express their thoughts
and feelings, gain knowledge, and use their imaginations. They
will do this alone, with siblings, friends, strangers, and with
you. From peek-a-boo to marbles to hopscotch, playing with your
children will lighten your day.
Wonderful Ways To Love
A Child, Judy Ford
others is such simple thing to do. We loved this creative, easy
way of helping others.
Sincethe18th century, fishermen,
travelers, and merchants who have sailed through the Galápagos
Islands have been stopping at Floreana. On the beach of this
island stands a wooden barrel that serves as an international
No stamps, no workers, no rules. Just
an honor system be which everyone understands that once a letter is
dropped into the barrel, every visitor thereafter will check the
barrel's contents for correspondence that's headed in their direction.
If it is, it travels with that visitor until it is either delivered or
posted near its final destination. Though this system can take longer
than any other, the letters have always made it to where they were
Even in today's high-tech, fast-paced,
multi-connected world, the barrel is still in service on Floreana.
Some cars reach their destinations in days, while others take months
to arrive. Yet no matter where the recipients are located, the system
continues to work as it has for centuries....dependent on the kindness
course, part of the barrel's attraction today is simply its novelty.
But another part is the sense of connectedness and responsibility
visitors feel toward one another. They become part of a unique
community that's based on helping people.
And there lies the newest challenge
facing the Galápagos
post office. There are more visitors who want to help than there
is mail for them to help with.
Adapted from Seth
To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing.
- Old Notions
issue in the field of reading conjures more emotion than the teaching
of phonics. So often the question is often asked, "Do you believe
in teaching phonics?" The questioning is always surprising, of
course children must have knowledge about phonics in order to
comparing the reading achievement of citizens in more than twenty
industrialized nations. Scandinavian countries were at or near
the top of the list of those with high literacy rates. Many of those
countries don't begin the formal teaching of reading until about age
seven. In the United States, many schools begin teaching reading
at five or six years of age.
selected research over the years, it found that children who begin
formal phonics instruction before it makes sense to them become
confused. The instruction is therefore useless and
counterproductive. Years ago in my coursework, I was told that formal
phonics instruction shouldn't begin before age six and a half.
Maybe it's time for us to revisit some of those old notions about the
early teaching of phonics.
Adapted - Maryann
Manning, University of Alabama at Birmingham
children do well in learning....others don't. What makes the
difference? Many studies show that one of the most important
factors is the way parents or guardians interact with children. That
makes sense when you consider that parents have the child for several
years before he or she begins a learning program. Even after
school age, a child spends more hours at home than at an educational
program. This doesn't mean that you need to teach your child
specific information or that you need to be a professional
teacher. Research shows that one the most important things you
can teach your child is to have a good attitude toward learning.
Help your child learn to
take an active approach to learning. Instead of
providing solutions, help your child find them for himself or
herself. When Jenny faces a new problem...as a complicated game
or puzzle....point out ways she can use what she already knows to
learn new skills. For example: "This new game is really a
lot like (a game the child has previously enjoyed)."
Make sure your children
have the basic information they need, then offer support and help as
needed. The best way to help a child learn is to keep adjusting
the level of help you offer....that is, don't step in and help until
he has stretched a little beyond what he thinks he can handle. But do
offer support, encouragement and tips along the way.
example, if Bobby is trying to learn a new skill, he might become
discouraged and demand, "Show me how. "Instead of jumping in
and showing him exactly how to do it, try using this kind of
approach: "Do you remember how you learned to (name a skill
Bobby has mastered or a problem he has solved)." Or, ask
questions. "How do you think you might do that?"
You can also invoke Bobby's heroes, whether these be fictional
characters or real-life people: "What do you think (hero)
Questions are valuable
learning tools because they force a child to think and become actively
involved in learning. With older children, you can explain that
working out problems for themselves is an important step toward
becoming a self-sufficient adult. Asking children of all ages to take
part in family problem-solving gives an important boost to their
As you teach your children
how to learn, you are also teaching them how you feel about
learning. If you regard learning as an adventure, so will your
Role of Parent Involvement in Children's Academic Achievement" by
is defined as the ability to spring back from and successfully adapt
to adversity. An increasing body of research is showing that most
people...especially kids....can bounce back from risks, stress,
crisis, and trauma, and experience life success.
When kids are asked who
and what has contributed to their resilience, they most often name
individual people in their lives first....then they go on to mention
activities, opportunities, classes or...occasionally...programs.
The key to fostering
resilience is for parents and educators to decrease the number of risk
factors students encounter and in turn, increase the number of
protective factors or positive environmental, behavioral, and
emotional circumstances that buffer kids from the challenges in their
lives and encourage them to succeed.
Adapted from Military
Kids and Families Work Group
Luck is what you have leftover after you give 100 percent.
Peep and the Big Wide
World: This site, which features Flash-based games starring Peep
and his friends, entices three-to-five-year-olds to explore science.
While kids may be having too much fun to realize it, these games will
help them learn to estimate distances, mix colors, exercise their
memory, and explore basic physics. The site also includes a collection
of science resources.
Molecularium: What lives in the
nano world? You'll find out here through interactive activities, a
gallery, and more! By Rensselaer’s Nanoscale Science and Engineering
Center for Directed Assembly of Nanostructures.
Count Us In: The games on this
Web site are geared to younger children, with fancifully-illustrated
exercises to help them grasp basic number concepts. Addition,
subtraction, and number recognition are conveyed through cartoons of
everyday activities such as bowling, boarding a bus, and visiting the
Haring Kids: Making use of
cutting-edge animation plug-ins like shockwave and flash, this site
creates a colorful and compelling whirlwind of art, with beautiful
images from artist Keith Haring.
Atoms Family: The Miami Museum
of Science uses a very spooky theme to teach about different forms of
this wonderful month!
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