Spelling the Dream review – slight but charming Netflix documentary

By Benjamin Lee for theguardian.com It’s virtually impossible to group the words spelling, bee and documentary together without instantly recalling 2003’s Oscar-nominated Spellbound, a warm-hearted breakout focused on a group of smart young contenders at the 1999 Scripps national competition. It’s a comparison that those involved with Netflix’s Spelling the Dream are well aware of, with a clip-assisted callout midway,…

Here’s Where You Can Buy Cloth Face Masks for Kids Online Right Now Plus, tips on how to get children to actually wear face coverings in public.

By Lexie Sachs for Good Housekeeping As communities begin to re-emerge after being on lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, face masks are becoming essential items for everyone to wear, including kids. The CDC says anyone over the age of 2 should wear a face mask in areas where social distancing is difficult to maintain. Not to mention, wearing a face mask is often…

How to encourage teenagers — especially boys — to read this summer

By Karen MacPherson  for The Washington Post Many parents naturally worry about getting their teenagers to read during the summer, but the stakes may feel especially high this year, after months of “distance learning.” When it comes to teens and reading, definitions count. Yes, surveys show that teens are reading less, a slump that begins in middle school. But many…

How Dutch schools reopened with no pupil distancing (Linda van Druijten)

From The Larry Cuban Blog On the first day, we had bubbles. Delicate, transparent bubbles floating across the playground. Before we had opened, our 432 primary school pupils, our 152 pupils with special educational needs, our parents and all our staff had fears. But we spoke openly about these fears. We spoke as a community about how we would tackle these…

Ask Dr. Blank: What are the top 5 ways to prevent summer brain drain?

Create,with your child, a list of fun books and set a time each day to read together. Search the internet to make a list of great films and have a weekly family movie night. Take walks outside in nature and have your child take notes about interesting features. Play board games two or three evenings each week and have your…

The English Language Schwa Vowel Explained

by Lori Dorn for the laughingsquid.com In a vocal epsisode of The Language Files (previously), host Tom Scott explains what a schwa sounds like in the English language and how it is used more than any other vowel. “Schwa” is the most common vowel in English. Every English speaker uses it, all the time, but most people have never heard of it. Help your child learn to…