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Math Help

Posted by bronwynr on February 28, 2009

Need help on your math homework? Need to study for a math test? Find hundreds of practice problems with step-by-step explanations for the math topics you are learning in school.

Math Help


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An Orderly Home Affects Early Literacy Skills, Study Says

Posted by bronwynr on February 27, 2009

 Grab your Swiffers and start spending more time organizing your home—it could make your child a better reader, says a new study by researchers at Columbia University’s Teachers College and Ohio State University.

Yes, beyond reading to young children, there are other things parents and caregivers can do to help early literacy skills. “Order in the House!”  examines the relationship between household chaos, the home literacy environment, maternal reading ability, and children’s early reading—and it concludes that there’s a link between the reading abilities of five- and six-year-olds and the orderliness of their homes. more » » » 

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Grandparenting and Adolescent Adjustment in Two-Parent Biological, Lone-Parent, and Step-Families

Posted by bronwynr on February 25, 2009

Spending time with a grandparent is linked with better social skills and fewer behavior problems among adolescents, especially those living in single-parent or stepfamily households, according to a new study.  http://adjix.com/e955

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Game to play – Perilous river crossing

Posted by bronwynr on February 24, 2009


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The Digital divide and school success

Posted by bronwynr on February 23, 2009

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 …

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A Digital library for the world’s children

Posted by bronwynr on February 22, 2009

From New Zealand to Mongolia: Co-Designing and Deploying a Digital Library for the World’s Children

From the Abstract:

The Internet has led to an explosion of users throughout the world. Low-cost computing options are now emerging for developing countries that are changing the world’s educational landscape. Given these conditions, there is a critical need to understand the obstacles and opportunities in designing and deploying technologies for children worldwide. This paper discusses seven years of strategies and methods learned in co-designing and deploying the International Children’s Digital Library (www.childrenslibrary.org) with children in multiple countries.


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Children’s Laureate to champion reading

Posted by bronwynr on February 21, 2009

From the Australian: The U.K. has one. So does the U.S. And now it’s Australia’s turn: a children’s laureate to champion reading among kids will be appointed under a new alliance of authors, teachers, librarians, publishers, booksellers and arts administrators.

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Kids Heart Authors Day a Success

Posted by bronwynr on February 20, 2009

Authors mingle with customers
for Kids Heart Authors Day at
Eight Cousins in Falmouth, Mass.


This past February 14, 172 children’s book authors and illustrators drove as much as two hours each way to read and sign books as part of Kids Heart Authors Day, a literary Valentine to 43 independent booksellers in New England.

Thanks to Mitali Perkins, author of Secret Keeper (Delacorte), who first suggested the idea on Twitter in early December, and publicity guru Deborah Sloan of Deborah Sloan and Company, the day was a big success. One bookseller, Ellen Richmond of Children’s Book Cellar in Waterville, Me., was so eager to participate that despite being forced by illness to close her store for most of the week leading up to it, she persuaded family and friends to re-open the store for Kids Heart Authors Day.

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See baby touch a screen, but does baby get it?

Posted by bronwynr on February 16, 2009

New media products for babies, toddlers and preschoolers began flooding the market in the late 1990’s, starting with video series like “Baby Einstein” and “Brainy Baby.” But now, the young children’s market has exploded into a host of new and more elaborate electronics for pre-schoolers, including video game consoles like the V.Smile and handheld game systems like the Leapster, all marketed as educational.

Despite the commercial success, though, a report released yesterday by the Kaiser Family Foundation, “A Teacher in the Living Room? Educational Media for Babies, Toddlers and Pre-schoolers,” indicates there is little understanding of how the new media affect young children – and almost no research to support the idea that they are educational.

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Book – Strong fathers, strong daughters

Posted by bronwynr on February 14, 2009


Strong Fathers, Strong daughters


:10 Secrets Every Father Should Know  by Meg Meeker


The most important person in a young girl’s life? Her father. That’s right—and teen health expert Dr. Meg Meeker has the data and clinical experience to prove it. After more than twenty years of counseling girls, she knows that fathers, more than anyone else, set the course for their daughters’ lives.


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