New study suggests handwriting engages the brain more than typing

By Alexandra Mae Jones for CTVNews.ca  TORONTO — A new study out of Norway suggests that handwriting and drawing engages the brain far more than typing on a keyboard, after measuring the brain activity of children and young adults performing these tasks. The research, published this past summer in the journal Frontiers in Psychology, looked at a small sample size of…

Reading Kingdom Review “Reading Kingdom is a great, gentle reading program, especially for younger children just starting on their reading journey”

“Reading Kingdom is Reading Fun! My daughter, Kory (4), really enjoyed her reading lessons with Reading Kingdom’s online program. To begin, your child will have to go through an assessment to see where they need to start in the program.  Kory was started on Level 1.  It can be a little difficult for the child to get through, but you…

Derek Black’s Fine New Book Explores the History of America’s Idea of Public Education — Part I

By Jan Resseger for janresseger@wordpress.com Derek Black’s stunning new book, School House Burning: Public Education and the Assault on American Democracy, threads together a history that has rarely been collected in one volume. Black, a professor of constitutional law at the University of South Carolina, presents the history of an idea first articulated in the Northwest Ordinances of 1785 and 1787,…

The Right Way to Talk About Politics With Your Kids, According to Experts

By Gail Cornwall for goodhousekeeping.com Especially when political matters feel raw and lack civility, a parent’s initial reflex can be to shield their children from the discourse around the election. But the experts say we ought to do otherwise, encouraging an exchange of age-appropriate information and ideas about political institutions, politicians, and policy stances. In a 2016 survey conducted by…

Why Phonics is missing “Phocus”

Why have phonics and whole language each focused on only one skill? There is an old joke about a man under a streetlight who is scanning the ground around him. A passerby stops to ask what the problem is. The man responds, “I lost my keys and I’m looking for them.” The passerby replies, “Where exactly did you lose the…

THE GRAND KINGDOM OF COOKIELAND

Who turned Queen Gumdrop and King Cookiecrumble into birds? Tween detective Dory Vale is on the case as she tries to find out which of the many mischievous puppets of Cookieland will provide clues in this wholesome new live-action fantasy series. Please check out this great new children’s series on Amazon Prime that was produced, directed, written, imagineered and puppeteered by…