Random House Awards for Teachers

Random House has announced the Random House Teacher Awards, which recognises “dynamic and resourceful teachers” who use their creativity to inspire and successfully instill a love of reading in their students”. Open to full and part-time teachers in public schools, the awards will be presented by Crown author Jonathan Kozol at the National Council of Teachers of English annual convention during the “Mentoring Matters” breakfast, held November 16 in Las Vegas.

Awards consist of a $10,000 first place grant, $5,000 second place grant and a $2,500 third place grant payable to each teacher’s school. Book donations will be made to winners and runners-up. More information, including application guidelines, can be found here. http://bit.ly/TlaPX8

Theodore Boone is back

Theodore Boone: The Abduction

John Grisham

Theodore Boone is back in a new adventure, and the stakes are even higher. When his best friend, April Finnemore, disappears from her bedroom in the middle of the night, no one, not even Theo—who knows April better than anyone—has answers. As fear ripples through his small hometown and the police hit dead ends, it’s up to Theo to use his legal knowledge and investigative skills to chase down the truth and save April. => http://bit.ly/NKdLjh

How to Handle Child Behavior Problems – Learn to Listen to Your Child

Raising a child can be challenging, especially when dealing with child behavior problems. These problems include defiance, aggression, temper tantrums and other negative behaviors. Parents must know how to handle these problems early on or they will have a hard time modifying their child’s behavior later on. One important thing that parents must learn is to listen to the child wholeheartedly.

Normally, when a child misbehaves, parents tend to react instantly. They get easily annoyed especially when they are busy doing something. The next scene might involve yelling and screaming both by the parent and the child. The parent might resort to time-outs, punishment and other discipline techniques. What you can expect is a stressed parent and an unhappy child.

The best approach for parents for times like these is non-reaction. Controlling the emotion is important so as parents will not respond negatively like yelling. Parents should understand that the child is not really targeting to bother them. There is something that the child that needs to be addressed right away.

It is up to the parent to talk to the child and listen what is the problem he or she is currently experiencing. It could be hunger or any physical pain. They might be having difficulty doing something like fixing a toy that they need your help. They might need to know how to do certain thing and they want you to guide them.

By learning to listen to the child, a parent will know how to address the root of the child behavior problems. It could easily be tackled without the stress and frustration on the part of the parent.

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A bestselling Theodore Boone

Theodore Boone: The Abduction

John Grisham

Theodore Boone is back in a new adventure, and the stakes are even higher. When his best friend, April Finnemore, disappears from her bedroom in the middle of the night, no one, not even Theo—who knows April better than anyone—has answers. As fear ripples through his small hometown and the police hit dead ends, it’s up to Theo to use his legal knowledge and investigative skills to chase down the truth and save April. => http://bit.ly/NKdLjh

What do you call a mosquito in a tin suit?

What do you call a mosquito in a tin suit?
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A bite in shining armour

The Benefits of Playing Board Games

It is difficult to overstate the benefits of playing board games, especially playing games as a family. I hope a review of this list brings back memories for you. Your own joy in playing games will be evident to your children. If you have fun, they will have fun, too.
 
1. Play board games with your children because it builds family camaraderie. Whether learning a new game or playing an old one, your children will always remember these happy days of playing games with you. It is so easy to get too busy for family fun — and miss out on one of the greatest joys of living. Playing games together often requires that you actually talk to each other. And that is a big plus!

2. Play board games together because it’s fun. Stop being the family disciplinarian for a while and just enjoy the kids!

3. Playing games teaches children the joy of winning and the sorrow of losing in a safe environment. They learn how to be good winners and good losers. And they learn this by experiencing their siblings and parents winning and losing. Nobody enjoys are sore loser or a cocky winner. The kitchen table is a very level playing field indeed.

4. When learning a new game, children learn the value of reading the directions first. The rules are in black and white and they not only learn them, but can refer back to them later.
 
5. Playing board games with the family leads to playing board games with other children, an excellent pastime.

6. Games are educational –they help keep our minds alert. Old and young alike will improve concentration and thinking skills. 

7. Remember, too, the importance of playing board games as a couple. Turn off the television and play Scrabble together! You will be pleasantly surprised at the improvement in your communication and your relationship. 

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By Joan Adams
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Bingo for Children

NurtureShock: New Thinking about Children

NurtureShock: New Thinking about Children 
 
By Po Bronson and, Ashley Merryman 
 
 
The central premise of this book by Bronson (What Should I Do with My Life?) and Merryman, a Washington Post journalist, is that many of modern society’s most popular strategies for raising children are in fact backfiring because key points in the science of child development and behavior have been overlooked. => http://bit.ly/OvIjUb

Yummy Mummies

There comes a time when a woman needs to stop thinking about her looks and focus her energies on raising her children. This time comes at the moment of conception. A child needs a role model, not a supermodel.

~Astrid Alauda, on the “hot mom” trend

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 “Only as high as I reach can I grow, Only as far as I seek can I go, 
Only as deep as I look can I see, Only as much as I dream can I be.”

— Karen Raven