JonBenet Ramsey brother Burke Ramsey horrified folks in Dr. Phil murder tell-all

Burke Ramsey, brother of murdered 6-year-old JonBenet Ramsey, horrified people in his first-ever murder tell-all to Dr. Phil McGraw. Ramsey, who was 9 at the time of his sister's killing in 1996, has long been suspected. When he opened up for the first time in 20 years, Burke shocked and angered a lot of people. Dr. Phil promised answers to the unsolved murder of the Boulder, Colorado child beauty queen but so far, the first two parts in this 3-part series have only served to further polarize. Did Burke Ramsey, mom Patsy Ramsey, dad John Ramsey or an intruder bludgeon, sexually assault and strangle little JonBenet?     JonBenet Ramsey brother Burke Ramsey horrified folks in Dr. Phil murder tell-all

Chance the Rapper gets chance at VMA, Magnificent Coloring Day singer nominated

All we are saying is give Chance a chance! Even if you hate rap, as do I except for one Eminem song, this is some kind of wonderful and different rapper! "Sunday Candy" like buttah, baby. Chance the Rapper gets chance at VMA, Magnificent Coloring Day singer nominated

Trash crafts for kids: Flower pens, feather pens, decorated vases, gift crafts

Valentine's Day requires writing of cards, notes or letters, so why not write with a flourish? Use this guide to design a lovely flower pens, feather pens and decorated vases for gift crafts. Give gift crafts for Mothers Day, Fathers Day, Teacher Appreciation or holiday gifts. You can make these flower pens and decorated vases from recycled materials, purchasing only pens or pencils.   Trash crafts for kids: Flower pens, feather pens, decorated vases, gift crafts | Examiner.com

Summer enrichment activities: Nature poetry party, creative writing prompts

Summer vacation is almost here and parents, you may be wondering just what in the world you're going to do with your kids for three month. So, here are summer enrichment activities for kids. Host a writers workshop for nature poetry using these creative writing prompts. Or better still, call it a nature poetry party! That way, kids will be enthused about summer enrichment activities and not dread them like summer school (it's all in the wording!) Use these creative writing prompts for National Poetry Month.  Summer enrichment activities: Nature poetry party, creative writing prompts | Examiner.com

Mothers Day, Fathers Day parent gifts for kids to make: Love coupons teach 3 Rs | Examiner.com

Looking for inexpensive Mothers Day or Fathers Day or any-holiday parent gifts for kids to make? Why not have children make homemade love coupons. Make homemade parent gifts and crafts do double duty as learning activities. Creating love coupons and teaches the 3 Rs, reading, writing, arithmetic even spelling and punctuation. Love coupons are the perfect parent gifts for kids to make independently. Use these love coupons for Mothers Day, Fathers Day or Grandparents Day, parent birthdays.   Mothers Day, Fathers Day parent gifts for kids to make: Love coupons teach 3 Rs | Examiner.com

Multicultural teen fiction: Middle school books, literature around the world

Homeschool parents and middle school teachers, want to take a free world tour? March is National Reading Month, so why not read around the world of middle school books. Here is a list of multicultural teen fiction and children's literature around the world, from 20 countries and seven continents. These stories best reflect the flavor of each culture--its people, traditions, religion, region, customs, celebrations and values. These children's literature around the world books include teen fiction, historical fiction, poetry, fairy tales, folklore and mythology. Teachers, be sure to note on a map, the places you visit in this literature unit. Multicultural middle school books are coded for age and grade appropriate level--



4 (grades 4 and up)



6 (grades 6 and up)



8 (grades 8 and up, some of these middle school books are PG-13 and may have some mature situations or language)



NB means this children's literature is a Newbery Award book. Newbery Awards are given to literature around the world that describes culture and history through the eyes of a young person.  Read on for Multicultural teen fiction: Middle school books, literature around the world

Shakespeare lesson plans: Middle English, how to read and understand Shakespearean plays and poems

Beware the Ides of March! And students, beware of teachers quoting Shakespeare, or Julius Caesar in March! Teachers adore Shakespeare and the Ides of March (March 15) is their feast day! But students--meh, not so much. Are you struggling with Shakespeare? Do you despise your literature teacher for making you read Middle English? Do you fail to see the appeal of the Bard of Avon? That is perfectly understandable, but don't despair. Here are tips to vanquish that Shakespearean tragedy, parse his sonnets and laugh in the face of the Bard's comedy. Teachers and homeschool parents, use these lesson plans to make Shakespeare more approachable for students.  Shakespeare lesson plans: Middle English, Shakespearean plays for Ides of March | Examiner.com

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