Diana and Roma Magic Wheel Challenge

Fun Books for Reading at Bedtime

Recent reviews of a book for older children have made observations such as the following: ‘I’m still not sure whether this book is geared toward children or adults. Maybe both. It was an utterly delightful read with lots of laugh out loud moments as the author weaves fantasy and legend with actual history.’ And another reviewer wrote: ‘A completely humorous fantasy adventure that is great for young readers transitioning from picture books to “real” books. Each chapter is a complete story in of itself which is perfect for its target audience. Parents who read this aloud to their children are sure to get a laugh out of it.’ Both reviewers identified an essential attribute of a book at bedtime: a book to be read with and to a young person who is still striving to perfect the art of reading, that it should be a good read for both child and parent.

Are You Sharpening the Saw?

Are you taking the time you need to refresh and re-balance your life so that it is working for you instead of your working for it? Working smart always beats working hard. Brains beat brawn. Make sure you are sharpening your saw from time to time…

Hiding the Lessons in Children’s Books

In a recent review of a book for older children, the reviewer drew attention to the need to draw young people into reading though providing amusement and entertainment. ‘I enjoyed reading the stories in this book. They are just plain old fun without any lessons to learn or educational merit. While those types of books certainly have their place, I think it’s great for kids to just sit back and enjoy reading. The characters have fun personalities, there is plenty of action, and lots of humor. Children will get a kick out of the silly things the characters say and do, like taking a bath in a full suit of armour and sleeping a whole week through.’

Shout, Laugh and Play

The old ways of expecting children to be “seen and not heard” are gone. If you think that approach will produce results, expect negative ones. Regardless of your age, you have an opportunity to either build up or destroy a child’s direction in life. This is especially crucial in the church. We will be held accountable to God for how we treat his precious children.

What Not To Put In Children’s Books

Most authors of children’s books and the majority of parents agree that stories for young readers should be devoid of bad language, sex and violence. For this reason, authors and editors take great care to ensure that these guidelines are followed. However, as in so many things, opinions can differ concerning what is acceptable at any given age. A British reviewer of one recently published children’s book of short stories observed that the book is: ‘… aimed at the children’s book market with content that is entirely appropriate for younger readers… ‘ Yet an American reviewer of the same book in an otherwise wholly positive appraisal, advised that: ‘As far as parental guidance goes, this book does contain one use of mild language and there is a joke made about suicide which may not be suitable for young children.’ It is of interest to examine the two passages instanced to try to understand how what was regarded as innocuous by one reviewer prompted a warning by the other.

Making the Case for Handwriting in the Curriculum

Back in 2008, Obama’s Secretary of Education Arne Duncan dangled the promise of his Race to the Top grant money to applying states that agreed to adopt the Common Core State Standards, which took handwriting off the books in favor of keyboarding. 45 states adopted those standards, and so many states no longer teach kids cursive writing–or printing, for that matter.

The Bouncy Castle

The bouncy castle, that fun and well, bouncy creation that kids the world over love. Where did they come from why are they such great fun?

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