An Illiterate Life – What does it look like?

Reading. For many of us it is like breathing – we’re sitting here doing both, thinking about neither one. What would life be like if I didn’t know how to read? I have been giving that question a lot of thought, lately. I don’t mean picking up a book for pleasure, I am talking about everyday reading. An Experiment For several days I tried go about my day, consciously working not to read. It was hard, very hard. My default is to read, in part, because it is a natural part of who I am. Here is what I discovered when I tried “not reading” for a couple of days. I had no idea how many ibuprofen pills to take … Read more

Holiday Shopping: Time to Unplug

I have been thinking a lot about the impact of screens on children lately. From sleep and screen-addiction issues to motor skills and the ability to recognize emotions in others. It started when Carol Rasco shared an Education News story about a bedtime math story app. Most recently, it was the new Common Sense Media study about media use by tweens and teens. These aren’t the only ones, though. Here is a sampling of what I’ve been reading. [Image Source: The Guardian, 2013, ONOKY/Photononstop/Alamy] Lots to think about, a lot rattling around in my brain … especially now, as many of us are gearing up for holiday shopping. This year, rather than opting for an iTunes gift card, a new video … Read more