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International Women’s Day is Today!

Why do women need their own day? Historically, women have had fewer advantages than men. When you learn about history, what names usually pop up more frequently? Quick, name an inventor—did a man’s name or a woman’s name come to mind?

 

Girls in Science: Lego NASA Scientists!

Interested in space? Love Legos? Aware of the gender gap in STEM fields? You're going to love the fact that Lego is soon releasing a set of five minifigures representing women who have made great strides in the field of astronomy.

History Books for Kids—But Whose History?

It’s an interesting time to be publishing history books for the educational market. One of our forthcoming books is about the Oregon Trail. Intrepid settlers braving the wilds of uncharted territory in hopes of forging a new, better life out west—middle grade books about westward expansion have all the ingredients for a sweeping, epic experience!

Science Activity Time: Atoms and Molecules

Explaining matter to young kids can seem like a daunting prospect, but with a little perspective and lots of hands-on fun, children can gain a solid foundation on which to build the fundamentals of chemistry!

Best Practices for Screen Time for Kids

Parents and educators have been trying to decide on best practices in terms of kids and screens for decades. With the onslaught of new technology and mobile devices during the past several years, these concerns have only increased. How is the Internet changing the way kids think and behave?

Music in the Classroom, Music at Home

Last night, despite the six inches of wet snow on the roads, I made my way to my oldest son’s high school band concert. It was a regional concert, which meant the middle school band was there, too. You know, one of the best ways to feel good about the world is to watch a group of kids ranging in age from 11 to 18 belt out the "Star-Spangled Banner" with their trumpets, oboes, flutes, snare drums, bells, and other implements of enlightenment.

 

Having Fun Figuring Out Human Movement!

"The head bone’s connected to the…" Even if you can’t remember the words to the old song, it’s a good idea to develop a basic understanding of how your body moves and works.

The Underground Railroad: Separating Myth from Fact

I grew up in a house built in 1812, and there was one room in the basement that my grandmother believed had been a stop on the Underground Railroad.

The Role of High-Speed Internet Access in Education

High-speed Internet access in schools is becoming more and more of a necessity. The wealth of educational resources found online is staggering, and students who don't have access to these resources could find themselves at a disadvantage as they continue with their academic career and beyond.

How to Get Kids to Read Shakespeare!

Mention the name “Shakespeare” to a bunch of middle schoolers and you’ll get a variety of reactions. Groans are sure to be included. How do you get students to move past the idea that Shakespeare is boring  so they can open up to the idea of discovering the wealth of pure entertainment in his plays?

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