Julie Levy's blog
In keeping up with educational news, two articles about educational TV caught my attention and I wanted to share them with you.
Almost everybody is feeling the negative effects of the economy, but children and schools are getting hit exceptionally hard. While schools have somewhat braced themselves for the reduction in federal, state and local funding as well as an increase in free lunch applications, most children are not able to understand the complexity of why their parents may be unemployed or why they no longer have a place to live.
March 1-March 7 is World Folk Tales and Fables Week. Most educators could tell you that a child's school career will encounter folk tales, fables and fairy tales continuously. These stories vary from culture to culture but often have similar morals, themes and characters which makes them prime for classroom use, particularly in reading and writing. Children who are familiar with folk and fairy tales as well as folk tales possess an important background knowledge of classic stories, their basic elements and story structure.
You can create a new friend for Arthur!
The Arthur "All Kids Can" Character Search started on February 1st and runs through March 31st, 2009. Children between the ages of 6-12 are invited to send in their idea for a character for the Arthur show, a new friend to join the gang in Elwood City! Producers will be looking for a new character who shows that children come in all shapes, sizes and with different abilities.
8 babies. Conceived through in-vitro fertilization. 6 older siblings. 1 mom. No job. No father.
If you have children, work with children or work in retail, you have probably heard quite a bit about the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission's (CPSC) new Children's Product Safety Law that will take effect on February 10, 2009. This law is designed to monitor and drastically reduce the lead, or phthalates, in any children's products. Eliminating lead is a good thing, so why is this new law causing such controversy and concern?
Are you a teacher or parent looking for an interesting writing/research project for your 4th-12th grader? Do you have a child or class that enjoys writing and illustrating stories? If you answered yes to either of these questions, then WXXI has the contest for you!