Thursday, 31 January 2013

A Tale of Two Daddies

5 Stars

TITLE:  A Tale of Two Daddies
AUTHOR: Vanita Oelschlager
LENGTH: 42 Pages
LANGUAGE:  English
RATING:  Ages 4 and Up
GENRE:  Educational


In an affectionate story of adoption in a gay family, a small girl answers a friend's questions about what it is like to have two fathers. The boy asks: “Which dad would build your home in a tree? And which dad helps when you skin your knee?” And the girl answers: “Poppa's the one who builds in a tree. / Daddy's the one who fixes my knee.” The simple, immediate rhymes are illustrated with digitally touched linoleum prints in bright colors and thick black lines that show the friends at play, as well as cozy scenarios of the girl in her nurturing home; in one particularly warm scene, Poppa serves a plate of eggs and bacon that looks like a smiley face. Strangely, the adults' faces are never shown, just distant views of their legs and arms: one daddy is formally dressed, the other is in jeans and sneakers. The story's message is clear in her answer to the question, “Who is your dad when you're sad and need some love?” Both, of course. 


In this delightful story of a young girl who was adopted by two men, we see that having two daddies isn't any different than having a mommy and a daddy. We get to see this in such an entertaining and beautifully rythmic way that even the very young could understand that two loving parents are the same no matter if they are two men, two women or a man and a woman. 

The illustrations are wonderfully done. The large illustrations made the story clear and consise and easily understood by even the youngest child. 

The author covered a broad range of topics by answering the sometimes awkward questions about same-sex parents through a child's eyes.

I highly recommend this story to anyone struggling with this issue. Or simply anyone who wishes to enlighten their children to the realities that some children have different families. 

My Rating

Monday, 21 January 2013

Just a bit of help for a bored home schooler

If you're looking for some ways to spice up some lesson plans or assist an unmotivated student, here are a few fun freebies to help you out.

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Hope these help you to make learning fun for your children.

Tuesday, 8 January 2013



Today I'm doing something a little special and giving away one ebook copy of the book 

How Children Succeed by Paul Tough

Why do some children succeed while others fail?

The story we usually tell about childhood and success is the one about intelligence: Success comes to those who score highest on tests, from preschool admissions to SATs.

But in "How Children Succeed," Paul Tough argues for a very different understanding of what makes a successful child. Drawing on groundbreaking research in neuroscience, economics, and psychology, Tough shows that the qualities that matter most have less to do with IQ and more to do with character: skills like grit, curiosity, conscientiousness, and optimism.

"How Children Succeed" introduces us to a new generation of scientists and educators who are radically changing our understanding of how children develop character, how they learn to think, and how they overcome adversity. It tells the personal stories of young people struggling to say on the right side of the line between success and failure. And it argues for a new way of thinking about how best to steer an individual child – or a whole generation of children – toward a successful future.

This provocative and profoundly hopeful book will not only inspire and engage readers; it will also change our understanding of childhood itself.

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Monday, 7 January 2013

Children are Special!!!

Sometimes life is tough. Children are at times a trial. Special needs children are even more so. Dealing with the daily struggles of teaching a child with special needs can be more than a lot of parents are prepared to do, yet every single parent of a special needs child seems to do just that. They are miracle workers with their children. They are the staunchest supporters of their children  They fight battles that would make most people curl up in the fetal position and start crying. And why do they do that? I'll tell you why, they do it for their CHILDREN!

They are the Mother Warriors!!! 
And in my book unsung heroes...


 Homeschooling the Child with Aspergers

This is Asperger Syndrome

And ALL children CAN SUCCEED! They may learn differently or they may learn slower, however every child can succeed. And for those Children who are showing signs of being lazy or trouble makers perhaps your child isn't troubled at all and is only too smart for his own good... Gifted as it were... So read on and perhaps you can find out what it is that makes every child a successful child!

How Children Succeed