Is Your Buffalo Ready for Kindergarten?

Is Your Buffalo Ready for Kindergarten is an entertaining story that teaches children that it is ok to be different.  The book is reviewed by Melissa Y. at Sweet on Books. What You Need to Know: • This is a simply delightful book about individuality.• This would make a terrific first day of school book, but it would be a…

I only started bird-watching to get on my teacher’s good side but it changed my life

By Sean Dooley for theguardian.com It was 40 years ago, almost to the day, that I first fell in love – grade five, Seaford North Primary School oval, right next to Seaford Swamp. It was here that Deidre Campbell chose me to be the boy she kissed as part of her initiation into the cool girls’ gang. Deidre tended to…

Ask Dr. Blank: Why is education in the arts so important?

As budget cuts increasingly take center stage, the curriculum has steadily been narrowed to focus on the “basics” (i.e., reading and math). As part of this approach, some of the most interesting and appealing subjects such as music and art have been reduced or eliminated. Far from being non-essential luxuries, the arts function as driving forces behind all other learning….

Amid push for STEM education, arts instructors stress value of theater

By Lauren Barack for educationdive.com At Bayfield High School in Colorado, the after-school theater program is a collaborative affair. Teachers get involved, parents chip in for costumes, and students commit to working, after the final bell, on its two shows a year. The program’s director, Sarah Ripley — who also teaches special education at Bayfield Middle School — has 41 students participating…

Reading Kingdom Review “I would definitely recommend Reading Kingdom to home schoolers, parents, and educators.”

“My daughter said, “I liked doing Reading Kingdom. It was lots of fun. I learned to type. I learned where all of the letter were. The games were fun. The reading was fun. I learned a lot. I like doing this kind of schoolwork.” I would definitely recommend Reading Kingdom to other homeschoolers, parents, and educators. Learning to read well…

Manhunt by Kate Messner

The third book about the Silver Jaguar Society, Manhunt by Kate Messner brings adventure, friendship and education to life. Read the review from Sweet on Books by Melissa Gaynor: What You Need to Know: When prominent artwork is stolen from museums around the world, it’s up to the three junior members of the Silver Jaguar Society to save the day….