Wednesday, August 4, 2010

KIDS SAY THE DARNEDEST THINGS. And Monday's "Metropolitan Diary" feature in The New York Times featured a couple of cute items involving four- and five-year-old girls expressing their opinions. Find the feature.

THE $320,000 KINDERGARTEN TEACHER. If you followed the link in our post of July 30th to read about the impact of a good kindergarten teacher, you might be interested in the follow-up letters the article generated. Find them.

THE INTERNET AND DEPRESSION. Here's something else to worry about regarding media. A new study indicates that "normal" young people who use the Internet excessively could have a greater risk of depression later in life -- or at least, nine months after their classification as pathological users of the Internet. Find a write-up of the study.

NO FLASH IN THE PAN. Sports Illustrated did a follow-up story on the autistic young basketball enthusiast and high school team manager who after being inserted into a varsity game for the first time scored six three-pointers in four minutes. The young man, now 21, serves as assistant basketball coach at several schools and programs, has appeared on Oprah, has a memoir out (The Game of My Life: A True Story of Challenge, Triumph, and Growing Up Autistic), and has served as inspiration to parents and athletes alike. Read the article.

PBS KIDS WRITING CONTEST. The "Kids Go" writing contest sponsored by PBS has announced the 2010 winners. The contest was for children in grades K-3. If you have a bright young writer in your home, check out the winners.

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