August 1st, 2014
This week notorious internet news nanny Matt Drudge reported the
presence of advanced bootleg prints of The Two Towers floating
about online available for download. While the validity of this
story is actually quite questionable and completely unconfirmed,
for me it raises the question why?
Why would anyone want to download bootlegs to begin with? Sure,
I'm not a total innocent; I've dabbled in it once or twice and
know what I'm doing well enough to find the same things all you
hardcore ...Read the rest of this entry »
July 31st, 2014
Review of "The Best Picnic Ever" by Clare Jarrett
Candlewick Press, May 2004 Hardcover, 32 pages ISBN: 0763623709
Recommended Ages: Baby - Preschool
Review by Sherri Allen:
Take an ordinary picnic, add lots of whizzing, whooshing,
tootling and lolloping, and you've got "The Best Picnic Ever,"
an engaging children's storybook by Clare Jarrett.
Jack and his mom go to the park for a picnic. After Jack wishes
he had someone to play with, fanciful friends start appearing,
ready to have fun.
Jarrett ...Read the rest of this entry »
July 30th, 2014
The Christmas Gift by C. Bailey-Lloyd
In a small, Southern town off the banks of the Edisto River
lived a bright-eyed, skinny, brown-haired girl. Renee was a
jovial child, filled with love and compassion. In everything,
she managed to find some light.
Renee would take daily strolls to the riverbank where she'd
gather unique rocks and stray seashells. On her way to her
hidden refuge, `neath towering oaks and mossy vines, she'd pass
the house where Sady lived.
Though Renee never saw much of ...Read the rest of this entry »
July 29th, 2014
Dear Music Fans,
Just have a few minutes to write... just wanted to share a
little bit of information. I thought that music downloading were
going to destroy sales of the regular compact disc. Wrong.
Manufacturers are starting to add interesting tools like
ringtone creators. Listed below are a few ringtones I've found.
P.S. Complete article with the related links available on the
Country Music Ringtones, a random selection of country music
ringtones mp3 files for your phone,courtesy ...Read the rest of this entry »
July 28th, 2014
In trying to implement the "No Child Left Behind" Act, schools
are scrambling to standardize their curriculum and upgrade their
instruction to make sure students can pass achievement tests
mandated by the Act. In order to fit all the instruction and
other demands of childhood education into the day, many schools
have resorted to "teaching to the test," shortening lunch
period, and cutting back on or even eliminating recess.
There are better ways to provide the instruction that students
need ...Read the rest of this entry »
July 27th, 2014
As much as we may hear about a "bad seed" child or a child that
was "born bad" as an explanation for why a child of good parents
goes terribly wrong in preadolescent or adolescent years,
children are not (cannot be) born bad. The reason, simply, is
that characteristics of "badness" must be learned.
It's tragic. Most of us know at least one couple we consider to
be good parents, but they have a child that goes bad. Are we
mistaken? Could nice, loving people be bad parents?
The temptation ...Read the rest of this entry »
July 26th, 2014
You got it! You can do just about any type of learning for a
child or an individual learning a second language through the
use of various computer games. You are sure to find something
that will fit with their needs. You are also able to find a game
that will keep them interested. Let's take spelling as an
Many kids struggle each and every year at school with that
dreaded Friday spelling test. It doesn't get any easier because
chances are good that the words just keep getting harder. ...Read the rest of this entry »
July 25th, 2014
Although academic excellence is not a requirement of overall
happiness and quality of life of a person, being successful in
school, regardless of whether one is successful in academics or
sports can be seen to be a kind of foundation for a person's
future. When one is successful in school, he or she will have
more direction and focus in life. Successful students know what
they want to do with their lives because through their successes
in school, they find their true potential. Successful ...Read the rest of this entry »
July 24th, 2014
Will listening to music make you smarter? Will learning to play
a musical instrument make your brain grow larger than normal?
Questions like these ones have been popping up all over the
place in the past few years, and not just in scientific journals
In recent times the media has been fascinated by the research
surrounding brain development and music, eagerly reporting on
the latest studies to the delight of the music-loving parents of
But all this information - and some ...Read the rest of this entry »
July 23rd, 2014
A huge decision it is … homeschooling. Now that you’ve made
this decision to teach at home, the many questions you thought
you had now seem to have doubled. Doubled at least! Now one
question just seems to lead to three more. Questions will need
to be answered on curriculum, on testing and assessing. What
about the style of teaching and curriculum.
Have you check out and become familiar with all of the state and
local mandates concerning operating a home school in your area?
As a parent ...Read the rest of this entry »