Saturday, January 26, 2013

Savvy Schooler

Exams, standardized tests, or even finals are a fact in most school.  Kids feel uncomfortable when they're unprepared for such situations.  Here are some ways parents and other family members can help youngsters meet the challenge involved in getting ready for a test.  These tips make sense:

Friday, January 25, 2013

Taylor's Advice: "Read Now!"

"Reading is very important.  It can make your life better."  

Giving young people time to read does matter, but you knew that.
Make access to literature and discussion of ideas a priority for all youngsters. 

Read every day.  Lead a Better Life is one important message you'll find via Scholastic's Channel on YouTube.  There you will find over 700 videos to inspire and inform:

Learn & Laugh with Kenn Nesbitt

Entice youngsters with poetry that will make you both smile.  Kenn Nesbitt is on YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook....he'll even deliver a poem to you daily via EMail.  If poetry is a genre you have not shared with children, this is a great place to start. 

His site even contains word games:

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Always the Chance for Change!

January 20, 2013

This is the seventh time that the U.S. Inauguration Day has fallen on a Sunday; by law the President of the United States is sworn in on January 20th.  Today the Obama family shared this moment together:

History lovers, here's 100 years of inaugurations in two minutes:

The Obamas have lived in the White House and their children have grown up in front of us: 

Sasha in four years:

Malia during the past four years:

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Washington D.C. and The Kids' Inaugural

Check back here Saturday January 19th at 6:00 PM ET when the Kids' Inaugural will kick off the Inauguration Weekend Live Stream, for events in Washington, D.C.

Watch and enjoy Behind-the-Scenes:  "Building the Floats for the Inaugural Parade" video.

Inaugural Poet To Read for Us

On Monday January 21st Richard Blanco will present his poem at Barack Obama's 2013 Presidential Inauguration.

Easily track Common Core Standards into your lesson plans and follow progress of your students with this free service:

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Try Playing "Word Paths"

This site is from The United Kingdom.  WORD PATHS is interactive and kind of
like a puzzle. Discover it and many more games or challenges at  "Vocabulary Can Be Fun."

A Timer for Class or Projects

Your resource for FREE lessons, themes, and nonfiction reading passages aligned to The Common Core State Standards.  On-line tutorials get users started; it is an exceptional site for anyone working with readers from Kindergarten through sixth grade.

Friday, January 4, 2013


A rich resource for teachers and families with youngsters in grades 4 to 12.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013