The family … empowers a child to venture with confidence

The family is both the fundamental unit of society as well as the root of culture. It … is a perpetual source of encouragement, advocacy, assurance, and emotional refueling that empowers a child to venture with confidence into the greater world and to become all that he can be.

~ Marianne E. Neifert. Dr. Mom’s Parenting Guide

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Most deadly of all possible sins …

Someday, maybe there will exist a well-informed, well considered and yet fervent public conviction that the most deadly of all possible sins is the mutilation of a child’s spirit.

Eric Erickson

Children …

Children possess a remarkable amount of passion. They throw themselves completely, heart and soul, into everything.
~ Mary Lou Retton

Some Ideas For Teaching Autistic Children

Teaching children is a difficult enough endeavor on its own. Throw in an autistic child with learning disabilities, and the task can seem overwhelming. However, the task is not impossible. By following some simple guidelines, you may be able to see a marked improvement. Whether you’re a parent home schooling your child or a teacher with an autistic student in your class, these tips should prove helpful. (from this week’s Kids Ezine – read the whole article here (until 9th June) =>

Zuckerberg: Kids under 13 should be allowed on Facebook

Facebook’s founder sees the social networking site as a tool with educational potential. That of course means getting kids Facebooking at an early age.

FORTUNE — Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg may be a college drop-out, but the billionaire 27-year-old is passionate about education reform. That’s why he took time out of his busy schedule to discuss the heated topic (and why he thinks young people can benefit from social networking sites) at a recent summit on innovation in education. =>

What children can do …

If you want to see what children can do, you must stop giving them things.
Norman Douglas

What Makes a Good Fourth-Grade Reader? Knowledge.

Boy reading; credit: lewiselementaryWhat makes for effective reading instruction? A new study indicates that an important contributor is integrating material from other subjects into reading instruction.
An important international comparison test for reading is the PIRLS, administered to ten-year-olds. Hong Kong ranked 14th among 35 participating countries in the 2001 administration of the test. In 2006, Hong Kong students ranked second among 44 nations. This improvement coincided with significant changes to the reading curriculum instituted by the Curriculum Development Council of the Hong Kong government. These two changes spurred a group of researchers at the University of Hong Kong to analyze the data from the 2006 PIRLS to determine which instructional factors were associated with student reading achievement. >>>