Sunday, May 31, 2015

Everyday Reading - Fun Modern Motherhood with a Practical Spin: 100 Picture Books to Read This Summer

This excellent blog share from Everyday Reading will save parents and teachers time and energy in their search for excellent children's literature.

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Everyday Reading

Thursday, May 14, 2015

What About Breeze Revisited

This Kindle book was published in 2012.  Author: Robin B. Ziger  Illustrator: Dena Ackerman
My granddaughter recently read this book and enjoyed it so much, I decided to share information about this excellent book once again. If interested in obtaining more information about this book, the Amazon "click" is available to the left.

Author Summary:

Daniela Schwartz, a city girl, has moved to the country. She is expecting a very boring summer until she meets Tamika Rogers, a confident young girl, and Hodari, her mischievous horse. The two girls discover Breeze, a very sick Quarter horse, and her poor and troubled elderly owner, Mrs. Casey. Can the girls, who are very different from one another, become friends? Will they be able to convince Daniela’s parents that Daniela is responsible enough to own a horse? Most importantly, can they save poor Breeze from “horse heaven?”

Jacquie's Review:

What About Breeze? grabs the reader's attention in the first paragraph by introducing Daniela, the main character, as angry, frustrated, and lonely. Daniela finds herself far away from anything familiar after her family moved from the city to the country. Daniela soon finds a new friend, Tamika, and together they begin their adventures.

This middle school novel weaves Daniela's positive problem solving into a very interesting multi-cultural story line. Robin Zeiger's background as a clinical psychologist, horse owner, as well as her knowledge of many cultures draws the reader in a believable experience.

Congratulations to Robin Zeiger for adding this book to our middle school libraries.

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Sunday, May 10, 2015

Sharing Resources: NARIC Rehabilitation Information at your Fingertips

I found this site to be a valuable resource. Information is consolidated on one search engine. In addition, a newsletter is available for those interested in current updates. 

The National Rehabilitation Information Center (NARIC) is the library of the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR.). We collect, catalog, and disseminate the articles, reports, curricula, guides, and other publications and products of the research projects funded by NIDILRR. NIDILRR funds more than 250 projects each year that conduct research on a wide range of issues including technology, health and function, independent living, and capacity building.

Organization Resources:

    Council for Exceptional Children

 Learning Disability Association

United Cerebral Palsy Association

National Autism Association  Special Olympics 

National Federation for the Blind

National Organization of and for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing People

Macular Degeneration Foundation

Print & Media Resources:

Target: Playing, Laughing and Learning...Autism 

Target: Adolescents on the Autism Spectrum   ebay: Signing Time DVD Set for Kids (ASL)

ABE Books: Using Ed Technology for Children with Special Needs 

ABE Books: Mental Illness and its Effecton School and Work Environments