Report – Teenagers and how they use media

An in-depth report on how teenagers use media—all kinds of media, from television, video games and newspapers to text messaging, Web sites and social networks. more » » »

Activity for kids – unscrambling words

Amelia Bedelia’s All Mixed Up!

Help her by unscrambling the words found in her stories.

Summer of Service


This summer the American Library Association is joining with the Corporation of National and Community Service and other nonprofit organizations in an initiative to encourage more young people, particularly those from disadvantaged circumstances, to help other kids in need. more » » »

Sexting and Cyber Safety

Sexting and Cyber Safety
Gina Healy didn’t expect to hold an assembly with her middle schoolers about sexting. But after the school newspaper wrote about an alleged incident involving 8th graders sending nude photos over cell phones, Healy consulted with the Newton, PA, police department—and then talked to her students.

“It’s a new twist to old issues,” says Healy, principal at F.A. Day Middle School. “How do you tell someone you like them in 2009?” more » » »

WNBA Reaches Out


The Women’s National Basketball Association celebrated its 13th season by hosting several special events during WNBA Cares Week, which took place May 29—June 5. At a reading rally promoting literacy and education, New York Liberty Team players Loree Moore (shown here) and Kia Vaughn read Judy Schachner’s Skippyjon Jones to schoolchildren at the NBA store in New York City.

The Digital Divide and school success

Kids with home computers more likely to graduate Access to a home computer increases the likelihood that children will graduate from high school, but blacks and Latinos are much less likely to have a computer at home than are whites, according to a new study. The study also found that the so-called “digital divide” is even more pronounced among children than adults.more …

Top Five Reasons Why Your Child Hates Homework and What You Can Do About Them

We have all been there. A child has homework to do and really does not want to do it. But I never realized how serious this situation could become until I saw results of an online survey about parents and homework. The survey indicated that:

10% had no problem getting their child to do their homework
18% had to remind their child to do their homework
48% said that homework was a daily family battle,
16% reported that homework often caused a meltdown
8% said that their child hated school because of homework!

These numbers are astonishing.What is going on here? Homework is supposed to be helping not making things worse! Homework should never, NEVER, cause issues with your relationship with your child. Your relationship with your child is far too precious to be threatened by you trying to get your child to do homework.

Now I know it can be difficult. I have worked with families where mothers (it is usually mothers) have been at their wits end trying to find ways to get their children to do homework. The anger and frustration caused by this situation spills out into all aspects of family life and causes all kinds of problems. I have seen parents threaten children with loss of privileges in an effort to get their child to do their homework. I have had mothers in tears on the phone because they don’t know what to do, and even know of mothers who do their child’s work for them rather than having to face the frustration and anger of getting their child to do the work!

What are you to do if your child hates homework? Unfortunately that answer is not straightforward. It depends on the reasons WHY your child does not want to do homework. Here are five reasons children hate homework and what you can do about them.

Doing homework takes time, time that you child would rather spend doing fun things.
Solution – Set a limit to the time your child spends doing homework and stick to it. If your child knows he can stop working at a certain time he will be more motivated to do the work.

The homework is too hard and your child does not know how to do it.
Solution. Tell your child’s teacher that your child couldn’t do it so that the teacher can review the work.

Homework is ‘boring’.
Solution. This is a difficult because homework often is boring. Again, setting time limits AND talking to your child’s teacher about the issue may help. Children use the word ‘boring’ to cover a variety of situations, you might need to check out why your child thinks homework is boring.

Homework is left to the last minute.
Solution. Help your child keep a homework agenda complete with dates for when work has to be handed in. Mark dates on a calendar and work backwards to decide when your child should to start work. Then let your child be responsible for getting the work done on time. Don’t let your child let his problem (no time) become your problem.

Books needed for homework are left at school.
Solution. If this happens often it is a sure sign that your child is struggling to learn and feels that the homework is too hard. Talk to your child’s teacher and try to set up a system to remind your child what books are needed but also tell the teacher if your child is struggling with homework.

So, my advice about homework is this-

The amount of benefit your child gets from finishing a homework assignment NEVER outweighs the importance of your relationship with your child. The amount of time you spend cajoling and coercing your child to do their work is counterproductive. There is no way that homework should create tension in a family, and definitely not the kind of meltdowns the survey suggests.

Stop letting your child’s homework cause family problems, it is just not worth it.

Author of this article, Dr Patricia Porter provides parents with information and advice on helping children reach their full learning potential. Take the first steps to your child’s success absolutely free by downloading the free report ‘5 Mistakes Parents Make when Helping Children Learn … and How to Avoid Them!’ at http://leading2learning.com

Maths game for kids – Math Golf

Mathgolf

Mathgolf

You are given three numbers. Your goal is to include the three numbers in an equation, using a combination of addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, exponents, and roots (along with parentheses, if you wish). You may use each number only once, but you may use the three numbers in any order. However, you can’t combine digits. For example, if you were given 1, 2, and 3, you can’t use the number 12 or 23 or any other such combination in your equation.  Take the challenge