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Choosing the Right After-school Activities – an Evaluation Checklist

A handy checklist to help you pick the right after-school programs. more

10 Reasons Your Child Will Love Astronomy

Space is infinite (well, not precisely). That pretty much guarantees there's something for your kid to love! more

Overcoming reading difficulties with Orton-Gillingham

Elementary school teacher Adria Karlsson writes about teaching children with language-based learning disabilities how to read. more

You know you’re a remarkable reader if…

… you have no need for bookends. (Who has the space?) … you measure brunch and lunch breaks in pages. … you think it’s normal to re-read books you’ve read before. …... more

Jeff Kinney talks about authoring ‘Wimpy Kid’

Video (After-school Enrichment) — As you wait with bated breath for "Dog Days" - the 4th installment in the hugely entertaining "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" series watch this video of author Jeff Kinney talking about his writing. more

“I Am What I Learn” Student Video Contest (Deadline: Nov. 02, 2009)

Video (21st Century Skills) — The US Department of Education (ED) has announced a student video contest called "I Am What I Learn," that is open to students ages 13 and up. more

Reading Recommendations for Early Readers (4-8 year olds)

SmartBean's list of 100 popular classic and multicultural titles, award-winning authors, and well-loved book series that are sure to delight all 4 to 8 year olds. more

I Lego NY – Simplicity, Inspiration and Constructionism

Construction toys have occupied a durable place in every child’s toy closet for several decades. Of all the construction kits that have seen some measure of parental endorsement over... more

Recommended Fiction for Tweens (9-12 year olds)

Parents & teachers, you’ll love these recommendations for good, wholesome tween fiction for avid and reluctant 9-12 year old readers alike. more

For Indian Kids, ‘a World Beyond Harry Potter’

washingtonpost.com — For better or worse, over the decades, Indian children have been more familiar with English books written by non-Indian authors. Enid Blyton, Nancy Drew, and the Hardy Boys may have given way to Harry Potter these days, but ask an Indian kid who they like to read and you would be hard-pressed to get the name of an Indian author. Some of this is changing though. more

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