A Sick Day for Amos McGee

The touching tale of A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip Stead is one of Reading Kingdom’s recommended picture books for kids. The book is reviewed by Melissa G. of Sweet on Books. What You Need to Know:• Friendship and compassion are key themes in this story.• This picture book was a great new addition for 2010.• Worth the…

Why Being Bored Is Good

By Mark Kingwell for The Walrus Boredom is one of the most common human experiences, yet it seems continually to defy complete understanding. We all know what it is to feel bored, but what exactly prompts, constitutes, or follows from the condition of boredom is far less obvious. Is boredom a function of leisure? Does boredom tangle desire or personal conditions,…

Ask Dr. Blank: What are some things you learned in school that children today are no longer taught?

This question triggered so many interesting memories. The first item that came to mind was cooking –which was called Home Economics.  Aside from the basics, there was very little cooking in my home and the class taught me a range of skills that served me well throughout my life.  The same holds for sewing. Mastery of the sewing machine proved…

Humanities are crucial for technological innovation

By Alissa Quart for San Francisco Chronicle The men and women who run America’s tech giants are accused of many sins, including building platforms and devices that can invade our privacy and even degrade our democracy. But one other commonality among these masters of the code universe is rarely discussed. Virtually none of these people — Mark Zuckerberg, Tim Cook,…

ASD Reading Review: “My daughter is learning new words every day with ASD Reading.”

“My daughter has been struggling with reading and comprehension for the last year. We have tried many different method to improve her reading and comprehension. She was still struggling at the end of the school year and we were asked to work on reading and comprehension over the summer. I searched for computer based programs and came across ASD Reading….

Children’s Adventure Book: The Great Unexpected

Sharon Creech author of The Great Unexpected brings to life a magical story of wonder, bravery and connection. Melissa Gaynor, Sweet on Books reviewer tells us more: What You Need to Know:• Using magical realism, two stories of love and loss are separated by years and miles until the tiny threads that bind them are carefully sewn together. • The chapters…