[Thought for Thursday] What kids remember

[Kids] don’t remember what you try to teach them. They remember what you are”

Jim Henson


A new challenge for Serafina

Serafina’s defeat of the Man in the Black Cloak has brought her out of the shadows and into the daylight realm of her home, Biltmore Estate. Every night she visits her mother in the forest, eager to learn the ways of the catamount. But Serafina finds herself caught between her two worlds: she’s too wild for Biltmore’s beautifully dressed ladies and formal customs, and too human to fully join her kin.

Late one night, Serafina encounters a strange and terrifying figure in the forest, and is attacked by the vicious wolfhounds that seem to be under his control. Even worse, she’s convinced that the stranger was not alone, that he has sent his accomplice into Biltmore in disguise.

Someone is wreaking havoc at the estate. A mysterious series of attacks test Serafina’s role as Biltmore’s protector, culminating in a tragedy that tears Serafina’s best friend and only ally, Braeden Vanderbilt, from her side. Heartbroken, she flees.

Deep in the forest, Serafina comes face-to-face with the evil infecting Biltmore—and discovers its reach is far greater than she’d ever imagined. All the humans and creatures of the Blue Ridge Mountains are in terrible danger. For Serafina to defeat this new evil before it engulfs her beloved home, she must search deep inside herself and embrace the destiny that has always awaited her.

Ages: 9-12

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Other Books in the Serafina Series


Common core lesson plan templates

Swiftform have created a lesson plan template, that educators can use to create and fill out lesson plans with a professional design for their math, science and english courses, and then download them in PDF or MS Word format with a single click.



David Walliams – Global Writing Competition

worlds-worst-childrenThe World’s Worst Children,a wickedly funny and wonderfully surreal collection of ten stories about ten delightfully dreadful children, David Walliams’ unique take on the classic cautionary tale. This momentous new addition to the David Walliams canon is illustrated in spectacular technicolour by the inimitable Tony Ross and published in a glorious hardback gift edition.

Are you ready to meet the World’s Worst Children?

From Dribbling Drew – a boy whose drool gets him into terrible trouble – to Sofia Sofa – a TV super-fan so stuck to the sofa that she’s turning into one! – the uproariously funny cast of characters will delight David Walliams’ readers. As an extra special treat, fan favourite Raj even makes a hilarious appearance!

Well, now it’s your turn!

Welcome to the 11th World’s Worst Child Story Competition!

This competition is being launched to celebrate the release of David’s new book ‘The World’s Worst Children’.

This competition is open to all Stage 2-3 children • We would like children to write a story about the 11th World’s Worst Child, using the book ‘The World’s Worst Children’ for inspiration. •

Children in Year 3 or 4 should write a maximum of 250 words; children in Year 5 or 6 should write a maximum of 500 words.

HarperCollinsChildren’s Books have provided a pack of fun classroom resources based on the stories in The World’s Worst Children to help children explore the characters and themes. We have also provided a lesson plan with suggestions of how you can support your students to plan and develop their own World’s Worst Child character in preparation for writing their story.

Enter now!

Terms & Conditions apply, click here to read them in full.

The opening date for entries is 24th May 2016.The closing date for entries is 31st July 2016. No entries received after this date will be accepted.

Homework help in maths – heaps of worksheets here


This site has math fact worksheets, place value problems, addition without carrying, subtraction without borrowing, suites of multiplication tests using various methodologies, fractions and more. It’s done wonders for my kids. I hope it does the same for yours.

Reinforce numeral recognition with this game

“Matching” develops fundamental grouping and numeral recognition skills as your child connects numerals with groups of objects.


Virginia Hamilton Conference offers two outreach grants of $1,000 each


Each year, two grants up to $1000 each are available for projects to develop new classroom or library programs that raise awareness of multicultural literature among young people particularly, but not exclusively, through the works of Virginia Hamilton.

Each year we will award one grant to a K-12 teacher, and one will be awarded to a school library or youth services librarian in a public library.

Eligible applicants must currently work with or plan to work with children or adolescents in any grade from preschool through high school or in a public or school library.

Applicants must submit an application form, a professional reference and a proposal detailing the development of a new classroom or library program that:

* Promotes awareness of multicultural themes and issues through outstanding literature

* Illustrates the use of exemplary multicultural literature, particularly but not exclusively the works of Virginia Hamilton

* Demonstrates effective organization, methods and/or library service

* Includes a plan for documenting the development of the program throughout the grant period

* Cover sheet with your name, postal and e-mail address, telephone number and project title

* Detailed description of the proposed program that includes:

o Setting (classroom and/or library)

o Population (grade level and/or age range)

o Program goals

o Dates of the program and a detailed timeline of events

o Program procedures, methods and organization

* Evidence that the program will promote awareness of multicultural themes and issues

* A program budget

* Evidence of the use of exemplary multicultural literature; particularly, but not exclusively, the works of Virginia Hamilton

* Plan for documenting the program’s development throughout the grant period

* Program evaluation procedure

Award application deadline is February 28.

Grant recipients will be announced at the annual Virginia Hamilton Conference on Multicultural Literature for Youth at Kent State University, scheduled for April 9 and 10, 2015. For further information about the conference, please visit www.kent.edu/virginiahamiltonconference.

The Virginia Hamilton and Arnold Adoff Creative Outreach Grant is sponsored by the College and Graduate School of Education, Health, and Human Services and the School of Library and Information Science in conjunction with the Kent State University Foundation and the Office of Continuing and Distance Education, with generous support from private donors and Scholastic Press.