Friday, March 25, 2011

TTWB-- inspires an IPAD App

As we know, little boys tend to have more fine motor difficulties that girls. And man, they can catch a lot of crap for it at school.

TTWB-- and an article I wrote for the New York Times explores this issue pretty thorough.

Note to second grade teachers: those boys aren't writing in a messy way just to annoy you.

Anyhoo... a genius at Binary Labs has come up with an IPAD app that will help your child develop fine motor skills. And he sent me a letter today to SAY I INSPIRED IT!

So, here's what I think about it. I'm flattered. I know that playing in the sand, play-doh and with pipe cleaners helps little boys strengthen their hands and get better at writing. But when they are playing with the IPAD they can play with this app. Strengthens their little hands. Makes them better at holding a crayon. Check it out

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Thursday, March 24, 2011

A Program that WORKS!

This is a wonderful article about the program in Ardsley, NY, inspired by TTWB, which is successfully getting boys to read and write more. It is run by fantastic teacher named Lisa McKeon!

Mothers of school aged boys -- you want this program in your child's elementary school. Contact me here if you want to know how to set one up. (Low cost, sustainable, progressive!)

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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Whew! Just Finished My New Book!

Ok. Here it is. The project I have been working on like a madwoman lo these last 12 months. My new book.....(sounds of trumpets)...The Good School!

What is it about you say? Well, it is a guerrilla guide for parents on what the education research says makes a good school. Basically, a quick and dirty guide to all the studies that you will never get around to reading boiled down into a readable, understandable format.

Right now, the fine editors at Henry Holt are knitting together those pages and gluing on the covers for the late August unveiling. But if you leave me your address in the comments box I will email you when it goes on sale.

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Thursday, March 17, 2011

A Radio Interview About TTWB

Here's a link to a podcast of an interview I did with a nice lady who hosts a show called Thirty Minute Mom.

Great concept. Wish I'd thought of it. Enjoy!

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