Friday, April 30, 2010

Teacher Appreciation Week‏

Currently used in half nearly half the districts in the US/Canada and 155+ countries

worldwide, <> provides anytime, anywhere
Web access to resources serving a wide range of PreK-6 student need, including general
education, ELL/ESL, RtI, and Special Education.

Each year during Teacher Appreciation Week, holds a special Open House
where they open up all six of our websites for free! This event has been very popular
and teachers around the world have thanked them for acknowledging educator efforts in
this way.

As such, we’re reaching out to our wide education network to spread the word.
After all, the more teachers we can help, the better! If you could post the blurb
below on your site/blog or simply share it with YOUR education network, your efforts
would be much appreciated. Thanks in advance for your help!

To thank the world’s teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week from May 3-7, is opening up all six of their PreK-6 Learning A-Z websites
— for free!

Sites include Reading A-Z, Raz-Kids, Writing A-Z, Science A-Z, Vocabulary A-Z, and

Nearly 50,000 teachers took advantage of this Open House last year and
pre-registration for this year is now open.
Just go to — and then pass it on to your
friends and colleagues!

Monday, April 26, 2010


What makes you terrifying to a dog?
First you will need to understand how dogs view people. You will have to think like a dog.

A dog out in the wild lives in a pack. They are no different than a wolf. There is a leader who lets each dog know their place in the pack. Some will be hunters and others will take care of puppies.

This will be the same for a dog or puppy in your family. Your dog sees you as his pack family. It is your family’s job to let the puppy know his place.

What can you do to help your dog be a good pack member?
Skyler Staats a dog trainer says, “Go with your parents to the dog obedience class. This way you learn how to handle your new puppy.”

Dogs don’t like to be grabbed or hit. They have bad days, too. Remember sometimes you just want to be left alone. If your dog is sick or is sleeping, leave him alone. When he is ready to play, he’ll let you know.

Never go near a dog while they are eating or chewing a bone. Your dog may think you’re trying to take away his tasty treat.

Should you walk up to a dog you don’t know?

No! Never walk up to a strange dog. The dog may think you’re going to hurt him and bite you.

What should you do if a strange dog is alone?

Don’t run! The dog may chase and bite you. Don’t scream! Dogs see this as a threat and may attack. Never stare a dog in the eye. Just slowly walk away and find a safe place. Tell an adult about the lost dog. They will get the dog help.

Always ask the owner of a dog if it’s ok for you to pet their dog.

Skyler suggests, “Let the dog come to you. Never walk up to him. Make a fist and hold it out for him to sniff.”

Dogs like to smell people before letting you pet them. It is their way of getting to know you and saying hi. By making a fist a dog won’t have any fingers to nip if they are startled.

Skyler also says, “Never pet a dog on his head. They will think you are play biting. Pet the dog under their chin and move your way to their back. Some dogs will let you pet their bellies. This is a sign of trust.”

Remember dogs have feelings. They don’t like their ears and tails pulled, to be poked anywhere, or hit. Think of your puppy as a brother or sister. Would you want them to hit, poke, or grab you?

Skyler Staats, dog trainer at Pawsitive Pooch
14 years experience
Phone number: (435)674-7269

Dogs and Kids, by: Karen Peak, dog trainer at West Wind Training
Dog Breed Info Center

Kids And Dogs: Safety First, by: Norma Bennett Woolf Dog Owner’s Guide-The online magazine for all pets and showdog owners

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

April Book Reviews

By: Shari Lyle-Soffe

This cute little book with Rooter and Snuffle starts off with a short story about how sometimes going to school with your bothers and sisters isn’t all bad. In the second short story, Rooter and Snuffle learn that sometimes answers to prayers come in funny little ways. The third and final short story shows children how it’s better to share and trust in others.

What I love about the Rooter and Snuffle stories is that you don’t get one story; you get multiple stories about two brothers learning to get along not only with each other, but others in the world around them.


By: Cynthia Reeg and Illustrated by: Marina Movshina.

Kitty Kerpluking is not only a fun picture book for early readers, but a fun way for them to begin to understand grammar. In the story you follow Preppy the kitty through the house as she shows you how prepositions are used in front of a noun in a sentence. At the end of the book there are puzzles and games to help reinforce finding prepositions and the proper use in grammar. Kids will delight in reading this book over and over again so they can help Preppy the kitty find prepositions in the world around them.

Friday, April 16, 2010


One thing we all worry about as parents is how to keep our kids safe from walking to school to shopping in the mall with friends. We already know as parents that we cannot follow our children everywhere they go, unless they are under the age of 14. But even then if you have more than one child can you really keep your eyes on them at all times. So what is a parent to do? Well here are some basic tips to help keep your kid(s) safe.

A great thing about kids is their natural trust in people, especially in adults. This, of course, can be a good and bad thing. It’s sometimes hard for parents to teach children to balance this trust with caution. However, kids today need to know common-sense rules that can help keep them safe and build the self-confidence they need to handle emergencies.

One thing you also need to keep in mind is most children who are taken are mostly likely going to be kidnapped by someone they know vs. someone they do not. So knowing what to do and how to get help is very important.


1. How to call 9-1-1 or "0" in emergencies. Unbelievably, most children under the age of 6 don’t know how to use a phone. In my house, it is a bit easier for my children to learn how to actually call 9-1-1. I’m lucky enough to have a husband who works for our 911 center. But don’t let not having a family member or friend working for your local 911 center stop you from showing your child how to dial 9-1-1. Just unplug the phone before they push those keys.

2. How to use a public phone. Help them practice making emergency phone calls. Be sure emergency numbers–police, fire, poison control and emergency medical–are by all phones in the house, too.

3. Their full name, address, and phone number (including the area code), plus your work phone number. And from what I understand, most kids need to know this before they start kindergarten or will learn it that year if they do not. Also, if you have cell phones, teach your children these numbers as well.

4. How to walk confidently and stay alert to what is going on around them will help your child not become a target. Or less likely to be.

5. Always to walk and play with friends. A child should never be alone in public.

6. Have a secret word to identify someone you might have sent in an emergency to pick them up. Don’t make this word something someone close to the family can guess. Remember most children are taken by someone they know vs. someone they do not.

7. To refuse rides or gifts from anyone, unless it is someone both you and your child know and trust.

8. To tell a trusted adult immediately if anyone, no matter whom, touches them in a way that makes them feel uncomfortable.

Here are two sites that have more information on how to keep kids safe:

Keeping Kids Safe Today

We've traveled the globe and talked to caring parents like you and know what your concerns are about your child's safety. We have the tips, tools, skills and resources for you, a busy parent, for complete safety for your child. More importantly, we can teach you how to teach them to keep themselves safe without fear, paranoia or media hype tactics.

The Internet Keep Safe Coalition (iKeepSafe®)

The Internet Keep Safe Coalition is a broad partnership of governors and/or first spouses, attorneys general, public health and educational professionals, law enforcement, and industry leaders working together for the health and safety of youth online. iKeepSafe® uses these unique partnerships to disseminate safety resources to families worldwide.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Meet Shari Lyle-Soffe, author of “The Misadventures of Rooter & Snuffle”

Shari Lyle-Soffe lives in Southern Oregon with her husband Bob, a Shih tzu named Dallas, and a tortoise-shell cat named Amber. Her work has been published in Babybug, Ladybug, Hopscotch, Wild Animal Baby, Highlights for Children, Children's Playmate, Schooldays, Holidays & Seasonal Celebrations, Fandangle, Wee Ones, Dragonfly Spirit, Bread for God's Children, The Friend, and Story Friends. Her picture/storybook, "The Misadventures of Rooter and Snuffle" has been published by Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc.

How long have you been writing?

I have been writing, off and on, my whole life but I only started to take it seriously nine years ago.

How did you get started?
At first, I wasn’t sure where I wanted to go with it. I tried writing little items for Reader’s Digest departments…they were rejected. I took a local writing course and it was encouraging to me. Then I thought about what genre of writing had most touched my life…it was children’s stories and poems. I was able to recite all manner of poems, silly rhymes, etc. as a child, and I remember how I loved being read to.

What makes a person a real writer?
A love of writing that won’t let you quit. A real writer may not be published, but a real writer will write, and write, and write because it nourishes their spirit.

What type of stories have you written?
I have written magazine stories, poems, crafts, and puzzles that have been published in many children’s magazines and articles for adults on writing for children. The stories were about my problems and feelings as a child. I have a picture/storybook called “The Misadventures of Rooter and Snuffle” that is based on nightly visits to our back porch by two raccoons when I was a child living in the Redwoods of Northern California. My book is made up of three stories based on issues that I had to deal with as a child. It is illustrated by Kevin Scott Collier and published by Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc.

Where do your ideas come from?
In addition to my own life experiences, they come from my imagination, and things I have observed in the life of others.

How do you know an idea is worth following?
That’s tough. I guess if a story comes together for you, if it hooks you, the writer, and makes you unwilling to let it go without a fight. If the story makes you care enough to keep working on it to get it right.

How do you create your characters?
I think your characters come out of the story and the events. It develops as the character acts or reacts to events in the story.

Can you tell us a funny story about your experiences?
I am a major crybaby. When my first article in a writer’s magazine was accepted, relatives were visiting our home. My husband handed me the mail and I opened it in front of our guests thinking it was another rejection. Our visitors were quite taken aback when I burst into tears while laughing hysterically at my silliness. The rejection was a glowing acceptance. I was blubbering so badly I could hardly tell them of my success.

What are some of your favorite books/stories?
If you are talking about other people’s writing there are many: “Saving Sweetness” by Diane Stanley, “Christmas Mousling” by Dori Chaconas, “Turk and Runt” by Lisa Wheeler, “Murmel Murmel Murmel” by Robert Munsch, “The Birthday Fish” Dan Yaccarino….Oh dear there are too many to list.

What are you working on right now?
Three stories for “On the Go With Rooter and Snuffle,” also for Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc., and illustrated by Kevin Scott Collier. It is the second book in the Rooter and Snuffle series.

Are there places kids can submit their writing?
Yes, I believe Wee Ones Magazine, Fandangle Magazine, and Highlights for Children, among others, accept the work of young writers. I think Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. will accept the work of young writers as well.

If you could give one piece of advice to every new writer -- what would it be?
Learn all you can about writing. Hang in there!

Shari Lyle-Soffe’s Books:

Shari Lyle-Soffe author of "The Misadventures of Rooter and Snuffle"
"A Free Holiday Recipe for the New Year"

and Shari Lyle-Soffe’s newest book, “On the Go With Rooter & Snuffles”

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Fortune Cookies

Fortune Cookies
(Makes About 2 Dozen)
Shared by VS Grenier

Kids remember an adult must help you bake these!

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Cut slips of paper and write different fortunes with a sharpie.
Fold each slip in half and mix them up in a bowl.

Combine and mix well the following ingredients:
¾ cup unbeaten egg whites
1 2/3 cup sugar
¼ teaspoon salt

Stir in separately and beat until blended the following ingredients:
1 cup melted butter
1 cup all purpose flour
¾ cup pulverized blanched almonds
½ teaspoon vanilla

Drop teaspoonfuls of dough about four inches apart on lightly greased cookie sheet.
Bake for 10 minutes or until edges are golden brown.
Remove from cookie sheets before cooling hardens the dough.
Lay fortune slip on cookie disc.
Fold cookie over while still warm and let cool.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Stanley Bookman Monthly Tips for April

Hi this is Stanley Bookman and my brother Tyke. Can you help us spread the word on about National Dark Sky Week this month!

You did not know the week of April 4-10 is National Dark Sky week. It is and I need your help. But first let me tell you what National Dark Sky week is.

National Dark Sky week started because people could not see the stars at night any more. This happened because of all the lights in towns and cities. The more streetlights, neon signs for business and cars on the road block out the night sky making it hard for everyone to see the stars above.

What I need you to do is tell everyone you know to turn off his or her outdoor lights during April 4-10. You might even want to have a party where everyone brings a blanket and snacks and see how many stars you can count from your own front or back yard.

To learn more about National Dark Sky week visit:

Reading Tip:

A great way to let your child explore more books that are difficult is to use Audio books. Have them choose a couple from your local library to listen to in the car or right before bedtime. Make sure you check out the book version so they can read along, too!


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