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  • 'Portraits of Hispanic American Heroes': Middle grade nonfiction
    'Portraits of Hispanic American Heroes': Middle grade nonfiction
    "Portraits of Hispanic American Heroes" by Juan Felipe Herrera and illustrated by Raúl Colón is a must-have nonfiction book for every middle grade classroom. It's beautifully illustrated, although perhaps in a manner that adults will...
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    Helping your child and their teacher
    Parents often say they don’t have time to keep up with what’s happening in their child’s classroom or to help at the school. The reason is often the parent has to work during school hours. This doesn’t mean a parent can...
  • Captain Planet Gardens
    Captain Planet gardens
    On September 2, 2014, the Captain Planet Foundation (CPF) rolls out a new item for the classroom: Project Learning Garden™ program. The classroom will need to order the lesson supply kit to build their school garden. The typical classroom...
  • Cat Napped!
    'Cat Napped!' by Leeza Hernandez: Simple picture book for cat lovers
    "Cat Napped!" by Leeza Hernandez is a fabulous picture book for very young readers. The story is adorable, the words simple and direct and the illustrations expressive and colorful. Children will love listening to the story as a read...
  • Classroom
    Common Core puts California kids last in class
    In California, the State Board of Education decides on educational standards for all students. Those standards describe what students should know and be able to do in each subject in each grade from kindergarten through high school. What the...
  • R Is for Robot: A Noisy Alphabet by Adam F. Watkins
    'R Is for Robot' by Adam F. Watkins: A noisy alphabet picture book
    "R Is for Robot: A Noisy Alphabet" by Adam F. Watkins is a colorful and clever picture book that kids will love.It's always fun for kids to be able to "help" read a picture book, and what better way to have early readers...
  • Staples plus offer teacher appreciation weekend
    Staples plus offer teacher appreciation weekend
    It is amazing that with all the money that taxpayers put into school systems; that our teachers still have to spend over $400 of their own money each year in school supplies for themselves and students. Fortunately, with the start of the new...
  • Young entrepreneurs in class
    Is British Columbia falling behind in child entrepreneurship?
    Do a search for junior entrepreneur programs in Canada and nearly everything you turn up will be based in Ontario or New Brunswick. Even Alberta and Quebec get in on the action, but British Columbia is sadly lacking in programs to get kids...
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    Edvance 360 LMS Review
    Edvance 360 uses a learning management system (LMS) that will allow planning, creation, and implementation of course work by the following:- Colleges & Universities- Community Colleges- Grades K thru 12- Religious based Schools- Career,...
  • Guns
    The G-Word
    Recently, I have noticed that a select number of my preschool students have an interest in guns. On the playground, they pretend to shoot one another with sticks. In the classroom, they create their weapons using multicolored Lego’s. I hear...
  • The Worst Princess by Anna Kemp
    'The Worst Princess' by Anna Kemp: Not your typical princess
    In the picture book "The Worst Princess," Anna Kemp lets young readers know that while society may have certain expectations, if you are determined enough, you can take control of your life. Heady stuff for a picture book, right?Well,...
  • Boy and girl using smartphone together in class.
    Smartphones and productivity: Focusing your inner data
    Smartphones are often praised for their ability to help people communicate with others across long distances. While on the other hand, they are ridiculed for having negative impacts on attention and thus productivity. Research overwhelmingly...
  • Stardines by Jack Prelutsky
    'Stardines' by Jack Prelutsky: More fun-to-read poetry from the master
    Jack Prelutsky’s newest set of poetry, “Stardines,” continues his wonderful practice of writing poetry that encourages children to learn and use new and colorful words like “lachrymose” and “copious.”From...
  • That Is Not a Good Idea by Mo Willems
    'That Is Not a Good Idea!' by Mo Willems: Another clever story with a twist
    “That Is Not a Good Idea!” by Mo Willems proves yet again why Willems is such a popular and best-selling picture book author. The story is simple, but for those familiar with wolf-and-chicken stories, there is a huge twist at the end...
  • Paul Thurlby's Wildlife by Paul Thurlby
    'Paul Thurlby's Wildlife' by Paul Thurlby: Nonfiction picture book kids'll love
    “Paul Thurlby’s Wildlife” by, of course, Paul Thurlby, is a picture book to delight the senses. It’s also a perfect book for teachers of younger grades wanting a nonfiction book that will enthrall young readers.The graphic...