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In my last post I encouraged you to ask a librarian to help you sift through internet news that may or may not be real, or “Fake News” as the current jargon goes.
Teachers and parents, if you are looking for ways you can decipher this on your own, I am happy to share some links with you!
There is a 5th grade teacher out in California who has received some excellent national press from an article he wrote about teaching his students to spot fake news. I’m proud to say that this teacher, Scott Bedley, just happens to be married to my cousin! While I’ve only met him once, at a family get-together, I follow his Facebook posts and his podcast, “The Bedley Bros EdChat”, which is done with his brother Tim. Together have been teaching for a combined 45 years, so they have a lot of knowledge between them to share.
Please take a look at their work!
- Are wordless books intimidating to you? If so, you’re not alone! But they are fantastic tools for building language and literacy skills. Mel’s Desk has a great rundown of the importance of including wordless books in your family’s reading.
- This NPR interview with author, Jacqueline Woodson about her newest book, Brown Girl Dreaming, is a wonderful listen or read.
- Speaking of Brown Girl Dreaming, it made the long list for the National Book Award, along with two John Corey Whaley’s second novel, Noggin. Do you have a favorite on this list?
- We probably all think that someone in our family is the favorite child to one or both of our parents. A study in August’s Journal of Family Psychology found that children’s perceptions of favoritism counted a lot more than the reality.
- With Halloween just around the corner, we’re scowering the internet looking for costume ideas. We love this list of cute homemade costumes for kids.
- The New York Public Library made a great list of books about failure and mistakes. We love encouraging kids to try things, even if it might not work out as they planned, and these books will go far in teaching that. We’d like to add a personal favorite — The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires — to that list.
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NPR is reporting that your kid’s drawings might give us a modest insight into “her thinking skills at 14 according to a study published in the journal Psychological Science.” What do you think?
(Source: University of Illinois Extension)
We’re loving this great kid-friendly round-up of dog breeds from the University of Illinois Extension. A great intro for anyone looking to adopt a dog, or for your curious dog lover.
Salman Khan from the Khan Academy wrote an interesting piece on why he doesn’t tell his son that he’s smart. Using research to back up his thinking, this is an thought provoking piece for parents as they try to develop life-long learners.
We’re getting pretty psyched about the upcoming Mockingjay Part 1 movie (only 84 more days, not that we’re counting!) So we’re always excited to see new teasers, like these stark new posters of the rebel fighters.
We’re loving this interview with American Born Chinese and Boxers & Saints author, Gene Luen Yang. He is insightful and funny, just like his fantastic graphic novels. If you haven’t read anything of his, I’d encourage you to check some of his books out today!