The Courage And Influence Of Children

The Courage And Influence Of Children

Art therapy, or utilizing art and materials to express one’s thoughts, feelings and emotions through creative processes, can be especially beneficial for children and adolescents. Anyone can use art therapy to explore and manage emotional states, and it is helpful to children who may not yet be able to, or might not prefer to, communicate about issues that may be more readily expressed through various mediums. There is no right or wrong answer in art therapy, and it can be used in conjunction with or without other therapies to address a range of conditions, emotions and everyday concerns. One great example of how… read more

Back To School Cost Savers

Back to School

Every year across the world when campuses and classrooms start to fill up at the beginning of semesters, the costs for students and/or their parents mount up. And not just the financial cost, but the environmental cost of producing all those plastic items in immense. Here is a list of my top 5 eco-friendly solutions that will help your wallet and our world. Recycle What You Can The amount of paper students use every year is overwhelming.  There are notes, written papers, newspapers, graphs, instruction sheets and syllabi.  But, no matter how much of this paper we use, it will all end… read more

Books Designed For The Senses

Books Designed For The Senses

Books captivate the senses in a way that is original to any other material. The written word, illustrations and emitted feelings provided by pages that are crafted with creative intent and skilled work can be like no other resource for developing knowledge and furthering the imagination. Several visually and aromatically stimulating circulations have been produced that heighten the page-turner’s experience by truly embarking the senses to go along for the journey. Dating back to 1692, Traité des Couleurs Servant à la Peinture à L’eau from artist A. Boogert is an unbelievingly detailed illustrative guide to colors and painting techniques. It… read more

Paddle-to-the-Sea Lessons

paddle-to-the-sea

  The children’s book turned film, Paddle-to-the-Sea was written in 1941 by Holling Clancy Holling. In 1966 it was turned into an educational adventure film by award-winning Canadian director and photographer Bill Mason. Presented for the National Film Board of Canada, it is a narrative tale of a handmade traveling canoe and its passenger voyaging through the waterways of Lake Superior, the Great Lakes and the Atlantic Ocean. The story highlights the wonder of the sun and water systems, and how the environment is affected by them. The seasons and their changing cycles are played out on page and on screen in… read more

You’ll Want To Check Out The Library Home

You’ll Want To Check Out The Library Home

Remember libraries? This home from Khosla Associates – Architecture + Interiors certainly does. It brings back a fondness for libraries to the front of the line with all the fervor of a book hungry individual, several decades ago before the endless supply of digital words were available with just the click of a button. Called the Library Home, this family house located in Bangalore, India was a client-centered project, meeting specific needs and requests. The residents reportedly wanted a blend of an old city feel along with modern touches. According to the architects, the family of readers had an expanding… read more

This Vest Can Sense Your Mood While Reading

This Vest Can Sense Your Mood While Reading

Reading enthusiasts can be drawn into books and become engrossed with their characters. However, this curious design from a team of students from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology takes this idea and puts it into action. The project, called Sensory Fiction, is designed to take the reader through the emotional experiences of becoming completely engaged in a novel. Felix Heibeck, Alexis Hope and Julie Legault are the creators of the conceptual design. The slightly uncomfortable looking harness is a fully functioning prototype developed for a course project at the university called Science Fiction to Science Fabrication. The reader wears the vest… read more

Have Fun Being Green

Have Fun Being Green

Adopting a green way of life often has its challenges. At times it can be harder being responsible than just not thinking about consequences, and sometimes we forget that revelry is a necessary human component. It’s important to remember that there is a fun side to being socially responsible. Adults and kids alike can have some good, green fun with these ideas. Did you know you can make homemade marbled paper, stationary and cards using shaving cream and food coloring? Use biodegradable shaving cream or make your own organic formula. In addition to using it for the project, whip up some extra and store in… read more

Free eBook Apps for Readers

Free Apps And Material for Digital Readers

It’s easy to get lost in the swarm of free reading material available for digital readers and smartphones. Some apps and websites can make it easier to sift through the selections and find what you want to read, but not necessarily pay for. In addition to the more widely known choices here are a few more to check out to find eBooks. Goodreads has an app for the iPhone and iPad that allows users to connect with other readers and share reviews and information. The app has a barcode scanner so you can create a cataloged library of your books…. read more

Open Their Eyes

multicultural children

Children love to learn about other cultures and experience new concepts. When they learn about other parts of the globe, it expands their mental palette and invites learning and awareness about the world around them. Multicultural literature is a great way to enhance children’s knowledge about the earth and those that inhabit it. A 2008 study noted the significance of international education in a globally linked society (Crawford & Kirby). The need for global awareness is necessary for fostering a consciousness of worldwide citizenship. Kids often naturally identify with others and when they learn about them, empathy and world appreciation further… read more

Gifts For Literary Lovers That Aren’t Books

Gifts For Literary Lovers That Aren’t Books

Buying for book lovers can go both ways, it can are either be easy or difficult. If you know their book collection, both actual books and digital reads by heart and know what they would like to add to it, then it is as simple as finding that item. However, if you aren’t certain what they would really like consider a gift that relates to their favorite genre or beloved novel. This eBook jacket featured on Out of Print Clothing is made from the oldest U.S. bookbindery and is a realistic replica of the cover of the classic novel from… read more