Why Kids Shouldn’t Sit Still in Class

By Donna De La Cruz for The New York Times Sit still. It’s the mantra of every classroom. But that is changing as evidence builds that taking brief activity breaks during the day helps children learn and be more attentive in class, and a growing number of programs designed to promote movement are being adopted in schools. “We need to…

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Gabriel Finley & the Raven’s Riddle

Gabriel Finley & the Raven’s Riddle is the story of a young boy and his connection with ravens.  The book is reviewed by Melissa G. at Sweet on Books. What you need to know: • Gabriel Finley discovers that he has a special connection with ravens, and he hopes that this revelation might lead to the whereabouts of his missing father….

Chess instills new dreams in kids from rural Mississippi county

By Sharyn Alfonsi for CBSnews.com Chess has been around for 1,500 years but until a couple of summers ago the ancient game was still mostly a mystery to the folks of rural Franklin County, Mississippi. Few had ever played chess before, many confused it with checkers. A chess board was as out of place in the county as a skyscraper, but…

Ask Dr. Blank: Teaching Reading: Why Isn’t It Working? Part 2

An excerpt from Dr. Blank’s book, “The Reading Remedy.”  The challenges of phonics are not new ones.  Read this excerpt from Dr. Blank’s book entitled, “The Reading Remedy” to learn about the modern history of phonics in the last 30 years and how to overcome its shortfalls. In our last Dr. Blank post Dr. Blank wrote about literacy instruction in…

States Give New Parents Baby Boxes To Encourage Safe Sleep Habits

For Jernica Quiñones, the reality of sudden infant death syndrome, or SIDS, hit close to home this year when a friend woke up on New Year’s Day and discovered the lifeless body of her baby girl. That’s why Quiñones’ 4-month-old son, Bless’n, has spent a lot of his life so far sleeping in a cardboard box. The 33-year-old mother of…