Hogwarts, Bear Hunts and Dolly Parton


Gaspard and the Quiet Day

Children’s author, Zeb Zoanes, has created a delightful story about social distancing, the Corona Virus and helping others in difficult times,  He’s also a wonderful storyteller.   Check out his video on YouTube:

Gaspard and the Quiet Day



Hogwarts Virtual Escape Room

A librarian in Pennsylvania has created a virtual Hogwarts Escape Room.  I tried it out. It’s going to be challenging for most children. I would recommend it for 9 and up.  I think it’s a great group activity because there are lots of problem-solving skills involved and different children have different strengths. It was fun!



Bear Hunts have caught on in my area.   There were 82 bear sightings in one subdivision. If you haven’t already,  put a teddy bear in the window for the children in your neighborhood.

While “Going on a Bear Hunt” has been around for years, Michael Rosen’s book made it more popular.  Nobody can lead the bear hunt quite like him.

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt with Michael Rosen

Finally, Dolly Parton has launched a new online series, Good night with Dolly, Check it out here.  https://imaginationlibrary.com/goodnight-with-dolly/


Those Pesky Computer Screens

How have children changed in the last ten years?  Anyone who has addressed or observed groups of children lately notice that our youth are less attentive.    It’s harder to make eye contact. They have more trouble falling directions. They fidget. They want to lie on the floor instead of sitting up straight.   Could constant exposure to screens be causing this problem?ScreenSchooled

Joe Clement and Matt Miles have teamed up to produce an important wake-up call for parents. Their book,  “Screen Schooled:  Two Veteran Teachers Expose How Technology Use is Making Our Kids Dumber” is a must read for anyone concerned about our children’s future.

Clement and Miles believe that most of our children are technology addicts. While they are adept at locating facts, they lack  creative thinking, problem solving, and social skills.  They include lots of research and practical teaching experience to back up their claims.

Clement and Miles also offer practical advice for parents.   They recommend limiting screen time in the home and encouraging parents to advocate for the best education for their children.

While other books* are tackling this topic, “Screen Schooled” gives the perspective of two public school insiders.  They allow us to see firsthand how screens are impacting the students in their lives. They have inside information on the school system that can help parents advocate for the best education for their children.

“Screen Schooled” makes for an enjoyable read.  At times, it feels like a chat with your child’s favorite teacher.  Clement and Miles have a heart for their students. They offer practical advice for the classroom as well as the home.
*”Glow Kids,” Nicholas Kardaras,” IGen”,-Jean Twinge, “Disconnected,” Tom Kersling are other books about children and screens.