Wednesday, March 10, 2010


We all love to get our hands dirty in finger paints. But have you ever make your own?

What You Will Need:

Adult Help

1 cup and 3 tbsp water

3 tbsp cornstarch

Liquid detergent

Tempera paints


1. With adult supervision mix cornstarch with 3tbsp of water. You should get a smooth paste.

2. Have adult helper bring 1cup of water to a boil.

3. Add boiled water to cornstarch paste. Stir.

4. Add 3 drops liquid detergent. (This makes clean up easier)

5. Add 2 drops of tempera paint. (The smaller the better)

You’ll want to store your home-made paints in a closed jar in the refrigerator. It will keep for days. When you are ready to paint, just set out for about 5 minutes. Now let those fingers get to painting!

Stanley Bookman Monthly Tips for March

I'm so excited to share . . . Read Across America Day on March 2!

This is one of my most favorite times of the year. I bet you can guess why! Read Across America Day is when children, parents, teachers, and librarians all around America sit down and read.
Reading is very important, not only because you can escape into a book for hours of adventure, but reading also helps you understand the world around you.

Come join me and the many others who love to read and enjoy a great adventure between the pages of a good book on March 2.

Here are two great places to help get you started:

Read Across America Day is just around the corner. Don’t forget to send your Save the Date letters, invite celebrity readers, and put up your posters. You may get more information from this site.

SchoolTube created a Read Across America channel designed to showcase student and educator videos from around the country. To sign up and share your videos, go to

Parenting Tip:

The National Education Association is building a nation of readers through its signature program, NEA's Read Across America. Now in its fourteenth year, this year-round program focuses on
motivating children and teens to read.

NEA's Read Across America Day, the NEA's national reading celebration, takes place each year on or near March 2, the birthday of Dr. Seuss. Across the country, thousands of schools, libraries, and community centers participate by bringing together kids, teens, and books!

You may learn about different programs in your area by visiting your local library, school district
office, and community center. This is great time to teach your children the importance and fun behind reading.


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