School Supply Lists Have Gotten Ridiculously Long and Expensive. Here’s Why.

By Ruth Graham for Slate.com If you’re not a parent, you may remember shopping for school supplies as an enjoyably quaint activity: a quick trip to the store to pick out a new Trapper Keeper, and some shiny folders, along with a few boxes of crayons, pencils, and a bright pink eraser. When I asked parents on Facebook to share…

Ask Dr. Blank: What are the top 5 ways teachers can encourage creativity in the classroom?

When the concept of teaching and fostering creativity was first raised by academics such as E. Paul Torrance, it aroused lots of criticism. Creativity was thought to be an immeasurable, natural ability. By contrast, Torrance called for explicit teaching of creativity saying it was skill-specific and required intentional instruction. His work was largely responsible for the development of gifted programs…

USC’s Blind Long Snapper Jake Olson Makes Successful Debut

This is anything but a regular PAT. Jake Olson, blind since age 12, just snapped for the first time in a live game. https://t.co/amyHcFoVue — Pac-12 Network (@Pac12Network) September 3, 2017 By Jeremy Woo for SI.com USC long snapper Jake Olson—who is blind—made his debut in the Trojans’ Week 1 win over Western Michigan, successfully snapping for USC’s final extra…

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Scaredy Squirrel

Scaredy Squirrel is a book about a squirrel who faces new experiences and learns change isn’t so bad after all.  The book is reviewed by Sweet on Books. What you need to know: • Melanie Watt has created an endearing and appealing  (take a look at the cover!) character in Scaredy that adults and children will fall in love with. • This picture book would make a great read aloud for all ages. • As of summer, 2009, there are four…

A Reading Kingdom update from our CEO – New features!

Happy almost Autumn 🙂 Summer has come and gone and we are back to a new school year. I wanted to let you know about some updates we’ve made to the program. First of all, you should be experiencing a lot faster loading times. We’ve also added new modes to the program that provide additional customizations for ELL students and…