Your Studying Strategies Aren’t Working (& What To Do Instead)

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Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning by Peter C. Brown, Henry L. Reedier III and Mark A. McDaniel takes the latest research in cognitive psychology and other disciplines and synthesizes it into practical learning and studying strategies. And it's not what you think. In fact, how you studied in your educational life probably wasn't the best method. What's more, how … [Read more...]

STEM Study Tips for Teens

STEM study organization with Post-it Notes, Flags, and Tabs

Students in high school need study and organization tips that emphasize visual learning, especially with STEM topics. Most parents agree that STEM topics are essential subjects but are also subjects in which their children struggle. Students can use Post-it® Super Sticky Notes, Flags and Tabs from the Post-it® Brand World of Color Rio de Janeiro collection with these helpful … [Read more...]

8 Stellar Picture Book Biographies

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I'm excited to share with you 8 recently published picture book biographies for your classroom (Common Core, anyone?) and for your home. These biographies pair first-rate writing with artwork with outstanding illustrations to engage and inform your children. Enjoy! 8 Picture Book Biographies Marvelous Cornelius Hurricane Katrina and the Spirit of New Orleans by Phil … [Read more...]

When White Kids Call Each Other the “N” Word

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After reading a post on a (black) friend's Facebook page about his kids sharing that their white classmates call each other the "N" word, I asked my friend Karen DeGroot Carter to share her thoughts since her (biracial) kids go to that same school. Read what she thinks. Then, please comment to share your own thoughts! ~ Melissa written by Karen DeGroot Carter When I asked … [Read more...]

12 New Nonfiction Book Standouts for Kids

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With nonfiction books for kids, the challenge is to create a book that is not just informative but captivating and entertaining as well. Here are twelve fantastic new books for children that do all three. Since the topics range from the right to vote to the lives of real princesses, I'm sure you'll find a wonderful book for your child's interests. Nonfiction Books for … [Read more...]

How to Support Introverted Children

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Introverted children, that's about one-third to one-half of the population, recharge their energy from time spent alone. (As opposed to time spent with other people.) Back-to-school time can be especially challenging for introverts. (We were so happy and comfortable at home during the summer with more control and choice over our activities. Now we're thrust into a crowded … [Read more...]

13 Places to Find a Good Book (for Kids and Adults)

13 places to look for children's and adult's book reviews

Recently a reader asked me where I find all the good books I read. What websites do I read? How do I find good books -- both for myself (an adult) and for kids. It's a good question so I thought I'd give you a behind the scenes peek at my process. And, I read a LOT -- so much that I sometimes have to stop myself and make sure I'm being present in my life. But that's another … [Read more...]

Fanciful Grammar App for Kids

Sleep Furiously grammar app for kids

Imagine your kids playing with grammar. And enjoying it. Unless you're a geeky English major like me, that probably isn't something you imagine. But I've discovered a grammar app for kids called Sleep Furiously that is goofy, funny, and 100% grammar geeky -- that my kids love. The name Sleep Furiously comes from the sentence linguist Noam Chomsky coined to demonstrate this … [Read more...]

Can Phone Obsessed Kids Develop Emotional Intelligence?

can phone obsessed kids build emotional intelligence and how

One of the worries I have for my daughter and her friends is that phones are stunting their emotional intelligence skills -- particularly in the areas of social awareness and relationship management. And it's clear that EQ is a huge predictor of personal happiness and academic success so if it's not well developed, well, that wouldn't be ideal. What's more, I imagine … [Read more...]

Tugie – Fun Coordination Game for the Family

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Tugie, a new game from the always inspiring Marbles the Brain Store, is a quick and fun fine motor skills game for the whole family. We found it to be a great family game night choice, good for lots of giggles. Tugie - Fun Coordination Game for the Family Start with the pieces on the tower. Make sure the gray is on the very top when you start. Roll the die to see which … [Read more...]