Fat and Stupid is No Way to Go Through Life

Okay, I paraphrased a quote from animal house for the title of this blog. But Dean Wormer had a point.  I think we need to ask, ” Are video games harmful to kids?”  If our kids play them, will they become addicted, obese, violent, and grow old in seclusion?  While I’m hearing less and lessContinue reading “Fat and Stupid is No Way to Go Through Life”

A Graduation

In my very first blog post, I mentioned the kid who told me that I was “torturing” another kid by badgering him to “sound out” words.  I have a follow up on this story.  Last week I got a graduation invite that read: “Marty & Kathy, Not sure you remember Dean from ____________ Elementary, butContinue reading “A Graduation”

Reading Leads to Thinking Skills and Thinking Skills Lead to Reading

I have never met a child who did not want to learn to read and write.   I remember being about 4 years old and trying to draw my mother’s cursive writing.  I drew what looked a child’s drawing of the ocean–pointy triangular waves connected across the page.  Georgia, Carter, and Brady have favorite books thatContinue reading “Reading Leads to Thinking Skills and Thinking Skills Lead to Reading”