Read, Kids, Read

Saw that another ZA posted this on her page earlier and wanted to share with everyone. It really is a great article.

Columnist Frank Bruni offers some sad new research on children’s reading habits and makes the case for improving these numbers.

As he points out from scientific research, “reading and intelligence have a relationship so close as to be symbiotic.”

Any ideas on how we can get our children reading more?


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Learningz, September 13

September 13, 2013:

Today would be the 97th anniversary of writer Roald Dahl!

For anyone that’s a fan of his amazing stories (or not), here’s a compilation of some lessons he taught:

those who don’t believe in magic will never find it

The Origins of Winnie the Pooh

En route to a training camp in Quebec during World War I, Canadian army lieutenant Harry Colebourn bought a bear cub for $20 from a hunter in White River, Ontario.

He named her Winnipeg, after his hometown, and smuggled her to England, where “Winnie” became the mascot of his militia regiment.

Eventually he donated her to the London Zoo, where she became a great favorite of Christopher Robin Milne, the son of a local playwright.

You know the rest.

Zirtual LearningZ, May 13

Today is the first day of Children’s Book Week!

And, as such, I thought I’d share a quote or two from my favorite children’s book.

Here’s one: 

What makes the desert beautiful,’ said the little prince, ‘is that somewhere it hides a well

Anyone else a fan of Antoine St. Exupery’s wonderful story The Little Prince?

What’s your favorite children’s book? Or, what is your son or daughter’s favorite?