Forget No Child Left Behind. In 2020, Michigan will join 15 states pushing a Third Grade Retention Reading Law, which states that children who can't read at grade level will be held back in third grade rather than progressing to the next grade level. While there are definitely pros and cons to the program, those against it are worried that it will put up to 70% of ELL students behind due to its restrictions.
Do you follow the Best Books lists published by Publishers Weekly? They have some amazing suggestions every year that are definitely worth looking into, and like many other listmakers, they also share a children's list. This year's major front runners for the adult list included the book about the untouchable caste of India, Ants Among Elephants, and book about spirit photography, The Apparitionists.
Whether you're looking for a way to slow down and savor each season or just a method to connect to yourself a bit more in general, Sarah Ban Breathnach's Romancing the Ordinary is the book you need. It's organized by month and offers quotes, recipes, soulful introspection and activities to do to stay in touch with yourself throughout all twelve months of the year.
Most people can think of at least one book that really changed their way of thinking or their life somehow. Maybe it was an entirely new perspective, or a new school of philosophy. Some people say The Alchemist changed them forever; others say Harry Potter did! Plenty of people cite religious texts like The Bible and others might just say a good book they re-read over and over again. A friend of mine swears by The Little Prince.