By Salla Simukka
One of my favorite books growing up was “Best Friend,” by Shirley Simon >> The story explores the concept of friendship from the point of view of a young girl. Making friends, losing friends, what today we’d call “friend drama,” and finding friends in unexpected places.
So I was looking forward to reading Sisterland, a fantasy with tween friendship at its core. I had given “Best Friend” to my 9 year old niece to read, but I think she found it boring. Sisterland might appeal more to a modern audience that Continue reading “Sisterland”
Mad Libs is a word game; it consists of stories that have missing words. The missing words are replaced with “prompts” for a player to fill in the blanks. The result is usually a pretty funny story! Continue reading “Mad Libs”
Communication is comprised of both expressive and receptive language skills. Receptive skills are what we hear and understand. Expressive language is vocabulary, usage (grammar) and articulation (how words sound when we pronounce them). Continue reading “Siblings And Language Development”
A recent study has concluded that incorporating physical activity into teaching time increases learning. For example, ask students to answer a true/false question by jumping up and down to indicate “true” and doing a jumping jack to indicate “false.” Alternatively, have students jump to match the answer to a math question—e.g. if the answer is “4” the student jumps 4 times. Continue reading “Physical Activity And Learning”
Choir singers experience a reduction in anxiety and an increase in positive mood. A recent thesis from Hunter College explored singing just for the joy of it, even without an audience. Check out the full study below for some encouraging data about stress reduction benefits! Continue reading “Sing For Relaxation”
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends no fruit juice for children during the first year of life. This is a change from previous policy; until 2017 they recommended no fruit juice during the first 6 months. Continue reading “Swap Out The Fruit Juice”