6-10-2009 News for Parents

Best Teen Book Awards:

Recognizing the greatest in youth leadership and teen development products with the most prestigious award in Teen and Young Adult Titles. The Teen Development Awards are dedicated to identifying the best young adult title published each year for the North American market. The Teen Development  Awards are one of the fastest growing U.S.-based award contests focused on young adult’s books. Winner, Finalists, and Honorable Mentions appear for an entire year on the Teen Development Awards Website. Winners will also be featured on Motivational Minds Radio and highlighted prominently in our monthly newsletter, which goes out to more than 5,000 subscribers worldwide.

To nominate your title visit http://vanpetten.TeenDevelopmentAwards.com

Vanessa’s Favs

Melissa Bugaj from Night Light Stories: Night Light Stories is a podcast featuring original stories for children of all ages. The compendium blog includes vocabulary words and comprehension activities for each story to continue to illuminate the child’s imagination after the story has been heard. Night Light Stories was created by a husband and wife team, Chris and Melissa Bugaj, who both have a combined 20 years in the field of education.

Article on Adolescent Behavior: From Norman Rockwell to Jon & Kate, American pop culture has celebrated the ritual of the family dinner. New research into adolescent behavior suggests these multigenerational meals are a tradition worth preserving: Here


Microsoft’s Get Game Smart campaign is taking a first-of-its-kind approach to helping parents and kids establish healthy habits for playing video games, watching TV and browsing the Web by utilizing the Get Game Smart Ambassadors – 10 parent-teen teams from eight cities across the country who, through the use of an interactive Web site, blog and online social community, are demonstrating their commitment to safer video gaming and inspiring their peers to tackle this issue.   The hub of the campaign is at http://www.GetGameSmart.com, a Web site designed for busy parents that provides quick guides and short videos on parental controls, expert tips on Internet and video game safety, and an online community where families can share ideas, advice and fun family activities related to balanced media use.

Book of the Week

The Ultimate SAT Tutorial contains every technique you need to dramatically raise your SAT score. The methods taught in this book are easy-to-learn, clearly presented, and proven to work. After literally thousands of hours tutoring hundreds of students, we have tested and perfected every technique. We know they work because we have been watching them work for years. You will have opportunities to master the techniques on over 650 practice problems covering all levels of Writing, Critical Reading, and Math topics. To practice on real SATs (not ones made up by a test-prep company), you should also purchase The Official SAT Study Guide by the College Board (sold separately)—we reference every test question in the book. We are so certain you will be satisfied with our unique approach to SAT tutoring that we offer the industry’s best guarantee.

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