literacy 

Personalized book

Here's an offer that's a win-win for everyone: a personalized story that passes on the joy of reading to the receiver and disadvantaged children as well. First stop, the I See Me website. Take a look at the charmingly illustrated personalized books...

100 books every child should read

Author Michael Morpurgo believes that if children are to become readers for life, they must first love stories. That sounds so basic and true that one wonders why it needs to be said in the first place. But, as Morpurgo points out, learning to read...

Literacy going to the dogs in New York

We're lucky in that not only is Jared an excellent reader, he loves reading to Sara. They'll sit together in the hallway, in their little reading corner, in a laundry basket, and he'll read book after book to her. Not all kids are that confident...

Barely literate kid sues school system

Although he can barely read and write, 14-year-old Beau Abela of Diamond Creek, Victoria in Australia has somehow managed to make it to the 8th grade. According to the boy's father, Peter Abela, this sad state of affairs is the result of his son's...

Sign language for babies!

Recently I uncovered a book I had tucked away for when my son was just the right age. It's a book of how to teach sign language to babies, and I'm very excited about it. I'm also rather daunted by it. The signs themselves don't appear until the last...

'Read a mother f---ing book' says educational video

As you may have heard, people aren't reading. Subsequently, the television channel BET launched a literacy campaign, spear-headed by the above cartoon. While it seems like the video was made with the best intentions, and it's obvious that whoever...

Parenting trends: bigger families, hands-on fathers

I guess parenting has trends just like fashion and music. The Australian newspaper, the Herald Sun, asked a group of parenting and family experts to predict the future trends of parenting and they came up with some rather interesting insights. For...

A house full of inappropriate reading material

We are big readers in my house and as a result, there are books and magazines scattered everywhere. My bedside table is piled high with them as is just about every other surface in the house. I do have a few bookcases in my office, but those shelves...

One hundred words

How extensive is your vocabulary? How about your children's vocabulary? Words paint pictures and just as there are many shades of blue, so too are there many shades of meanings. Big, huge, humongous, enormous, gigantic -- they all mean about the same...

New ParentDish Feature: What are your kids reading?

Some of you may have seen our Friday feature, which is aimed at parents and what we, as grownups, are reading. But I didn't want to exclude the kids in our lives! So, here is our chance to talk about what our kids are reading, what we are reading to...

Blogging Baby Sleepover for Sunday, March 25, 2007

Here it is, Sunday yet again. I'm not sure why, but Sunday afternoons are often a lazy time around here. The kids are finally down for a nap (after much wailing and gnashing of teeth) and I get to settle in and hitchhike my way down the information...

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

To celebrate the birthday of Theodore Geisel -- better known as Dr. Seuss -- the National Education Foundation started the Read Across America campaign to build a nation of readers. After ten years, the program now reaches nearly every home, school,...

Get any good books as a present?

I've read more books aloud during my short tenure as a parent than I'd prefer to remember. Some were good, some were okay and some were really, really bad. As a parent of a 2-year-old, I've found that the books I'm more interested in reading are the...

NaNoWriMo for kids

In honor of NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month, my daughter's 4th grade teacher is giving her class the option of writing a novel during the month of November. The rules for the official project state that the finished product must be at least...

Adorable literacy commercial

I'm not usually emotional when it comes to television commercials - that's where the clicker comes in handy. The exception was when I was pregnant and everything made me cry, including long distance commercials and the cuteness of my dog's soft white...

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