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Plug in now and then, researchers say, but not for too long

I am an advocate of the unplugged imagination. What do I mean when I say that? The unplugged imagination is daydreaming and play that doesn’t depend on toys or games requiring cords or charged batteries. Promoting unplugged play encourages role … Continue reading

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Disney and Pixar, please stop killing parents

Last night, the hubby and I watched Disney and Pixar’s latest collaboration, “The Good Dinosaur.” When I first saw previews for the film, I wasn’t overly eager to see it. But last night was a humdrum evening and we decided … Continue reading

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Kids can win cash for reading a book and writing to the author

If you live in Illinois and have a child between fourth grade and high school senior, there’s an opportunity to win cash in exchange for reading — and then writing about it. The 2016 Letters About Literature contest is a … Continue reading

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How you can change the world with a good deed and a bow tie

One year ago, I learned the story of 11-year-old Colin, an unlikely hero who is asking us to make the world a kinder place with good deeds and bow ties. The story goes like this: Last February, Colin’s mother Jennifer … Continue reading

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3 building blocks of writing for young beginners

On Sunday, I had the opportunity to speak about the writing process to local third- and fourth-grade girls during the Zonta Club of Ottawa’s good citizenship tea. When I received the offer to be the guest speaker, I was asked … Continue reading

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Texas fourth-grader suspended for having an imagination and book

Kermit Elementary School fourth-grader Aiden Steward was suspended recently after he brought a ring to school and pretended it was the “one ring to rule them all” from J.R.R. Tolkien’s legendary Middle Earth. I wish this news was as fictional … Continue reading

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Fun (and free!) children’s activity resources for parents, teachers

The F-word comes to mind when I brainstorm activities for kids that relate to SARAH & KATY AND THE IMAGINATION BLANKETS. If you’re thinking of a four-letter F-word that is inappropriate at school, you’re on the wrong blog. The one … Continue reading

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