March 1-March 7 is World Folk Tales and Fables Week. Most educators could tell you that a child's school career will encounter folk tales, fables and fairy tales continuously. These stories vary from culture to culture but often have similar morals, themes and characters which makes them prime for classroom use, particularly in reading and writing. Children who are familiar with folk and fairy tales as well as folk tales possess an important background knowledge of classic stories, their basic elements and story structure.
If you have children, work with children or work in retail, you have probably heard quite a bit about the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission's (CPSC) new Children's Product Safety Law that will take effect on February 10, 2009. This law is designed to monitor and drastically reduce the lead, or phthalates, in any children's products. Eliminating lead is a good thing, so why is this new law causing such controversy and concern?
Are you a teacher or parent looking for an interesting writing/research project for your 4th-12th grader? Do you have a child or class that enjoys writing and illustrating stories? If you answered yes to either of these questions, then WXXI has the contest for you!