Christmas around the world children's literature countdown: holiday kids books

Christmas around the world is celebrated different ways. Each culture observes Christmas with unique traditions. What better way to explore Christmas around the world than with a children's literature countdown? Read down to Christmas and around the world with this holiday stories and kids' books. that with books? Advent--the four week season of preparation before Christmas--is a good time for an around the world children's literature journey. Here are thirty kids books on Christmas around the world.   Christmas around the world children's literature countdown: holiday kids books




Frugal holiday shopping tips: Save money on budget Christmas presents

The holiday season celebrates the best in mankind, whatever holiday you celebrate. But gift-giving holidays also brings out the worst in people: greed, lack of self-control, over-indulgence, burnout. If you overspend in December, plan on heartache in January. Here are 25 frugal holiday shopping tips and ways to save money on budget Christmas presents. The original fru-gal shares penny-pinching tricks and money-management skills to keep you from feeling the pinch come New Year's Day!   Frugal holiday shopping tips: Save money on budget Christmas presents | Examiner.com

3 Muslim students murdered in Chapel Hill honored by My Deah's Goodwill Store

This is an except from memorial tribute piece. Use this to practice writing tributes. Click one of the links to read the rest. Craig Hicks may have ended the lives of three young Muslim students in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, but he did not silence their legacy. His name has already been forgotten, but the names of the three people he killed: Deah Barakat, his wife Yusor Abu-Salha and her sister Razan Abu-Salha live on. The three Muslim students murdered in Chapel Hill were honored by My Deah's Goodwill Store reported ABC 11 on Nov. 11. The store in Raleigh will serve as a tribute to "Our Three Winners" as their Facebook memorial is called. But it is also a way further their work, through the My Project USA program.  (click to read on)3 Muslim students murdered in Chapel Hill honored by My Deah's Goodwill Store | Examiner.com

Rachel Dolezal is 'black' born white: Is transracial the same as transgender?

 So Rachel Dolezal is "black" but born white? The Hollywood Reporter said Nov. 2 that the discredited NAACP leader who posed as black admitted her race as white on the all-black show "The Real." That made a lot of people real uncomfortable. But could Dolezal be transracial and if so, is transracial any different than transgender? Think about it: people who were born one gender but identify as the other are accepted, nay applauded, when they "come out" in what they believe to be their true selves. So why is no one cheering for Rachel Dolezal? When Bruce Jenner become Caitlyn Jenner, the majority accepted it (or were too politically correct to say they didn't). People call him Caitlyn because he asked them to. He says he is now a she. Yet somehow it's wrong and anathema for Rachel Dolezal to be white but ask people to call her black. Maybe there is more to gender and race than meets the eye?Rachel Dolezal is 'black' born white: Is transracial the same as transgender?

Feel good story: Astros bullpen catcher Javier Bracamonte won Royals fans hearts after ALDS loss | Examiner.com

Call him a baseball player and a gentleman: Astros bullpen catcher Javier Bracamonte, that is. Big League Stew reported Oct. 15 that instead of being a sore loser after the Houston Astros' ALDS loss, Bracamonte won Royals fans hearts. Here's the touching story, but you'd better have your tissues ready because it's a sweet one. So it was a long, grueling last game of the American League Division Series. The Kansas City Royals, playing on their own field, sent the Houston Astros packing, in the taut Game 5. So you would think that the Astros would be all gloom and doom, right?Astros bullpen catcher Javier Bracamonte won Royals fans hearts after ALDS loss | Examiner.com

 

NJ 'nuisance' house falls in bay now 'negligent' owner Stuart Tait crowdfunds for money to help clean up

Neighbors in the ritzy bayfront area of

Grassy Sound, New Jersey are glad to be rid of an ill-kept 'nuisance' house that fell into the channel and washed into the bay. NJ.com reported Oct. 7, that locals say they've watched the home fall to "wreck" and ruin for years. They complained to the owner that his house was structurally unsound and he ignored them. Now to add insult to injury, the 'negligent' owner Stuart Tait is crowdfunding to raise money to repair damages. Tait is persona non grata with some of his Cape May neighbors. It wasn't just his rickety house that was damaged when it decided to topple off its pilings and swim out to sea. It took out several decks and a boat in the hasty exit. Some of Tait's neighbors aren't feeling too neighborly toward him, that's for sure. They say it was an accident waiting to happen.  NJ 'nuisance' house falls in bay, 'negligent' owner Stuart Tait crowdfunds | Examiner.com

This kid's got class! Dellarontay Readus gets in to all Ivy Leagues, uses college money to bury mom

You can't listen to Dellarontay Readus talk about his mother's death without crying. WREG told the story of the teen who got in to all 8 ivy league colleges who now needs his college money to bury his mom, on August 12. Actually WREG has been following Readus's star ascendant and he's touched a lot of people. Readus's mother Lynn Readus, who struggled with heart and stomach problems, got to see her boy graduate. She was able to witness him get a 31 on his college placement exams. But she won't get to see her boy go to Stanford, the school he selected after offers from Princeton, Yale, Harvard and others. Read on   Dellarontay Readus gets in to all Ivy Leagues, needs college money to bury mom

Persuasive essay: Guy jumps zoo fence, pets cougar, then blames zoo security for failing to protect him

Call Josh Newell the Columbus Zoo Cougar Whisperer. This guy jumps the zoo fence, calls "here kitty" pets the cougar, then blames zoo security for failing to protect him! The Associated Press reported July 29 that after getting himself some "Cougar Love" Newell criticized the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium for minimalist zoo cages that allowed him to pet the cougars! Talk about having your cat and petting it too!  Guy jumps zoo fence, calls 'here kitty', pets cougar, then blames zoo security 

Free printable Memorial Day greeting cards, Remembrance Day cards and crafts - Grand Rapids Holidays | Examiner.com

For a special Memorial Day activity, why not make cards for veterans, active military and senior citizens? Memorial Day is a bittersweet holiday for them. Seniors love patriotic holidays like the 4th of July and Memorial Day. They recall with nostalgia military personnel coming home from overseas, the parades, those loved and lost. Plus older folks love getting cards. Memorial Day is also called Decoration Day or Remembrance Day.   Free printable Memorial Day greeting cards, Remembrance Day cards and crafts - Grand Rapids Holidays | Examiner.com

How to write an awesome graduation speech: Valedictorian speech-writing tips - Grand Rapids Holidays | Examiner.com

It's graduation time: time for cap and gown, pomp and circumstance. Do you have to write a salutatorian or valedictorian graduation speech? It's a great honor, but it can be intimidating, too. Here are tips to write a graduation speech that will leave them speechless (with admiration).   How to write an awesome graduation speech: Valedictorian speech-writing tips - Grand Rapids Holidays | Examiner.com

Poetry slam activities, Japanese wabi-sabi poems, writing prompts for NaPoWriMo

April is National Poetry Month. Some writers celebrate NaPoWriMo, or National Poetry Writer Month (an online poetry slam lollapalooza) . And what better month to celebrate poems than April with spring awakening, nature busting out all over and Earth Day nestled in? Want to join the poem-penning but don't know where to begin? Here are poetry writing prompts, story starters and word games I invented, to call forth your inner bard! Perfect for homeschooler parents, English and creative writing teachers.  Poetry slam activities, Japanese wabi-sabi poems, writing prompts for NaPoWriMo 

Reading response journal rubric: literature activities, book lesson plans

Looking for creative ways to teach reading? Use literature response journals. Here's a template to make student reading response journal. Use for English, ELA (English language arts), literature, reading and writing classes. Use for Readers Workshop (a popular interactive reading group method used in elementary and middle school). Here's the book journal format.  Reading response journal rubric: literature activities, book lesson plans



Here's a link with optional reading response journal activities and ELA lessons to accompany the literature response journal.

Words writers need to quit using, overused phrases that should be banned - Grand Rapids News | Examiner.com

 India's censorship board pulled plans to ban certain abusive words in broadcasting. Public outcry was loud, but not in opposition to banning words. Critics felt the banned words list wasn't long enough, reported Rediff Feb. 25. That's spot-on. There's a plethora of words that should be banned and not just crude ones. These are irritating words journalists overuse, misuse and abuse. They use these phrases to lure readers and trigger search engines. And they need to stop. Here are annoying phrases that need censoring now.Words writers need to quit using, overused phrases that should be banned - Grand Rapids News | Examiner.com

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