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April is Poetry Month—Here is a poem to share with someone who thinks they don’t like poetry.

April 2, 2013

Do we really need to ask ourselves why too many people, young and old, don’t like poetry? Poetry has been treated poorly with the constant demand to analyze and examine.

Why not treat a poem as it wishes to be treated—as a gift which delights the senses. Enjoy the way the words sound, the way the poem looks on a page, the feelings the poem summons. With the best of gifts, lets not expect anything in return. There is no quicker way to extinguish the pleasure of poetry than to ask what a poem means. A poem a day is akin to a vitamin for the spirit. Simply enjoy this poem by Ogden Nash

I find it very difficult to enthuse
Over the current news.
Just when you think that at least the outlook is so black that it can grow no blacker, it worsens,
And that is why I do not like the news, because there has never been an era when so many things were going so right for so many of the wrong persons

The most accurate predictor of a student’s achievement in school is the extent to which that student’s family is able to become involved in their children’s education at school.

March 11, 2013

Working in different school communities around the US allows me to see the benefits of schools giving parents a clear directive of what their involvement means by stating clear objectives with well-defined expectations. Objective: ~ Teach parents HOW to Conversationally Read with their children ~ Make sure parents understand how Conversational Reading will help their […]

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Best parenting practices to help children acquire high level literacy skills

March 7, 2013

Reading aloud develops a child’s brain. Read to your newborn; even babies benefit from being read to. Make reading aloud part of your family routine. Read to your child at least once a day. Minimize the distractions of all technological devices. Let the child choose the books. Help children find the books they want to […]

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Parents need guidance. Schools need good parents.

February 19, 2013

It is important that parents know how much the growth and development of their child’s brain is dependent on the right stimulation. Talking develops a child’s use and understanding of language, which is the basis of reading. I think schools would benefit by putting time and resources into Parent Education. Enlist parents in the cause […]

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Einstein feared “a generation of idiots.”

February 4, 2013

Recently I was in a yogurt shop after school and I couldn’t help noticing how so many kids were plugged into a device. Whether they were with friends or younger children with their parents, I was sad to see so little face-to-face interaction. Einstein worried about such things when he said, ” I fear the […]

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