Picture Books Supporting the Girl Scout Daisy Global Action Award

C has been working on earning the Global Action Award for Girl Scout Daisies, which uses the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) “to…

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Free to Learn by Peter Gray

That blurb makes the book sound far, far more “anti-school” than it actually feels. Even though Free to Learn presents very unconventional ideas about education, it…

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The Republic of Imagination by Azar Nafisi

In The Republic of Imagination, Nafisi is bold about asking and tackling some tough questions. Are the humanities important to us? If so, is that…

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How to Teach Your Children Shakespeare by Ken Ludwig

Thank you, Ken Ludwig, for writing How to Teach Your Children Shakespeare. Confession: I am a very reluctant Shakespeare reader. I don’t remember being…

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The Year of Learning Dangerously by Quinn Cummings

In The Year of Learning Dangerously, Quinn Cummings chronicles her family’s decision to take her daughter out of public school and homeschool for a…

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Children’s Poetry: Over the River and Through the Wood

   Title: Over the River and Through the WoodEditors: Karen L. Kilcup and Angela SorbyPublisher: Johns Hopkins University Press Expected Release:January 5, 2014 Source:I…

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Non-Fiction November Week 2: Be the Expert

This week’s topic for Non-Fiction November is “Be the Expert.” I’m a musician, so I guess you could say I’m an expert in classical music,…

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Dr. Seuss and the Art of Musicality

My local music teachers association had its first meeting of the year last Saturday. Our guest speaker was violist Hillary Herndon (pictured right) from…

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Strings Attached by Joanne Lipman & Melanie Kupchynsky

Title: Strings Attached: One Tough Teacher and the Gift of Great ExpectationsAuthor: Joanne Lipman & Melanie KupchynskyPublisher: HyperionExpected Release: October 1, 2013Source: publisher (NetGalley)…

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Hungry by Darlene Barnes

Synopsis of Hungry by Darlene Barnes: Newly arrived in Seattle, Darlene Barnes stumbles on a job ad for a cook at the Alpha Sigma…

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