Diet and Hyperactivity

As shared in Exchange Every Day, from Child Care Information Exchange, a new study reports a link between consuming food dyes and sodium benzoate, and hyperactivity in children. A UK study reported in Work & Family Life (November 2007; www.workandfamilylife.com) demonstrates the impact of food additives on children’s behavior. Researchers …

TRUCE Toy Guide Now Available

TRUCE (Teachers Resisting Unhealthy Children’s Entertainment) has released its 2008 Toy Action Guide, just in time for the holidays. In their own words, This guide is intended to help adults promote children’s creative and constructive play by making informed choices about toys, and by working with others at home, school, …

Meet Peter Reynolds… again!

I keep coming across one of my favorite children’s authors & illustrators Peter Reynolds again and again. I first found him at the TRLD conference in San Francisco, in 2000. He was there to promote his software, but I convinced him (it wasn’t hard) to sign a copy of The …

ASL Pro

ASL Pro is a web site that offers a free American Sign Language video dictionary and quiz tool for teachers and others who want to teach or learn sign language. Words and phrases are organized into a Main Dictionary, Religious Dictionary, Conversational Dictionary (including idioms), and ASL for Babies Dictionary. …

The Color Bug: Radio-Controlled Art

The RC Color Bug is one cool idea (and one we used to rig up ourselves with remote controlled cars, markers and rubber bands). This lady-bug shaped toy holds markers point down so kids can draw by steering the bug with a button-operated remote. With a little work, we could …

What Will $1,000,000 Buy?

Reprinted from Exchange Every Day by Child Care Information Exchange: What Will $1 Million Buy? April 26, 2007 The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.Helen Keller Did you ever play the game, “What would you …

By-pass Pizza Hut’s BOOK-IT Program

The Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood writes: As part of our ongoing effort to counter commercialism in schools, CCFC is encouraging parents and educators to stop schools from using Pizza Hut BOOK IT! programs.  BOOK IT! is one of corporate America’s most insidious school-based brand promotions. It reaches 22 million …

FossWeb Science for K-2 Students

Interactive science activities from FossWeb.  Topics include insects, animals 2 by 2, wood and paper, fabric, trees, balance and motion, pebbles and sand, new plants, air and weather, and solids and liquids.  Choices are presented in a graphical menu. powered by performancing firefox

Art 2 Heart – global connections through art

Art 2 Heart is an ‘art sharing program’ that crosses borders, ages, genders, religions and socio-economic lines. Its sole purpose is to connect underprivileged children with someone else in the world who cares. Through Art 2 Heart, you can give these children something of their own, made just for them, …