April is Poetry Month: Time to Rhyme (Not Really)

Posted by on April 4, 2019.

I have noticed that if you go into any bookstores that sell children’s books, the poetry section is quite thin. In some stores, children’s poetry books occupy one shelf. You will usually find something by Robert Louis Stevenson (commonly in an anthology) or something by Shel Silverstein.

Discovering the Stories Around Us – CLiF’s Community Literacy Conference

Posted by on March 28, 2019.

Q. What do you get when you bring 150 educators, librarians, and principals together for a day jam-packed with literacy?

A. Inspiration, excitement for learning, and a whole lot of creative ideas!

Yesterday, elementary educators from all over New Hampshire and Vermont joined us at the scenic Lake Morey Resort in Fairlee, VT for our 7th annual Community Literacy Conference.

If You’re A Parent and…You Hope to Raise a Global Citizen

Posted by on March 21, 2019.

Middle school – how the pendulum swings between wanting independence and needing guidance and tenderness, even in terms of school work. Recently, my daughter invited me to read her fifth grade persuasive writing assignment for Humanities. Every child picked a borrower from kiva.org and argued why that person should receive a loan from the class.

“Living Documents”: Drawing a 3-Panel Comic from Primary Sources

Posted by on March 12, 2019.

NH cartoonist Marek Bennett explores history in the stick-figure adventures of teacher-turned-soldier Freeman Colby:

 

My new graphic novel, The Civil War Diary of Freeman Colby, Vol. 2, depicts the historic events of 1863 from the point of view of a young NH school teacher (Freeman Colby) who enlists in the Union Army.

3 Ways to Help Your Child Improve His Focus via Horse Riding

Posted by on February 20, 2019.

*This is a guest post.*

Research shows that interacting with animals can help promote healthy emotional development in children and adolescents, reduce stress and anxiety, and help develop strong emotional bonds. Nicky Ellis of Horses & Foals shares how riding horses can help kids improve focus and problem-solving abilities while providing good physical exercise.