How time flies…

So as I gaze at this blog, I am surprised to see that so much time has passed by. I suppose I should explain.

Beginning June of 2013, we as a family decided to get rid of the cable television connection at our home. I have to admit that the decision was extremely painful for someone like myself who intentionally sought out news, cooking shows, and HGTV.

Our kids being 6 and 2 didn’t have much of an opinion but the older one did express concern about losing his Nick Jr. shows. It was then that I realized just how much, though unintentionally, we used the television to pacify them; to buy ourselves quiet moments of reprieve.

I found myself that next day, after pulling the plug, on the floor coloring lines across paper at the direction of our youngest while our older worked intently with glue, Popsicle sticks, and pipe cleaners. Dinner time was different as well. It was quieter…attention was focused on each other instead of the entertainment on the screen.

We started reading more. The bicycles in the garage started getting used. And best of all, when the holiday season rolled around and I asked the older what he wanted for Christmas, he had no answer! Which meant that whatever he received was going to be a wonderful surprise. And it was.

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Is Background TV Killing Kids’ Concentration?

http://www.education.com/magazine/article/background-tv/

You’re proud of yourself for limiting your child to just 20 minutes of television a day, and rightfully so. But did you ever think about the television that she might be exposed to when she’s not actively watching? According to a 2012 study published in Pediatrics, this type of television exposure, called background television, may be more common—and more harmful—than you think.

Caring and Courageous Kids

http://www.caringandcourageouskids.com/mission/

The purpose and mission of Caring and Courageous Kids is to educate the hearts and minds of young children through adults to inspire a culture of compassionate thinkers who have the courage to break the cycle of bullying and abuse with choices which will contribute to a more compassionate and peaceful world beginning in our homes, schools, and communities.

Kalamazoo Promise analysis: Focus on literacy paying off in higher reading scores

http://www.mlive.com/news/kalamazoo/index.ssf/2013/03/tracking_academic_progress_in.html

KALAMAZOO, MI — In fall 2008, 29 percent of fourth-graders in Kalamazoo Public Schools scored in the bottom tier on the Michigan Educational Assessment Program reading test.

Promoting Visual Literacy with Haiku Deck

http://www.kristenswanson.org/2013/03/promoting-visual-literacy-with-haiku.html

As access to the creation and consumption of digital media increases, educators must embrace an expanded view of literacy. Teaching the skills of reading and writing is no longer enough. Students need to be able to use images as a currency for exchanging feelings, stories, and opinions with the world at large.