50 Books Your Child Should Read before Turning 8, Part Three – Kindness

This is Part Three of a Six Part Series on the 50 Books Every Child Should Read Before they Turn 8. All of these books teach valuable life lessons on: Part One: Responsibility Part Two: Perseverance Part Three: Kindness Part Four: Family & Friends Part Five: Courage Part Six: Exploration & Discovery *You can click on … Continue reading 50 Books Your Child Should Read before Turning 8, Part Three – Kindness

50 Books Your Child Should Read before Turning 8, Part Two – Responsibility

This is Part Two of a Six Part Series on the 50 Books Every Child Should Read Before they Turn 8. All of these books teach valuable life lessons on: Responsibility Perseverance Family & Friends Courage Kindness Exploration & Discovery *You can click on the book titles below to go to Amazon to purchase the … Continue reading 50 Books Your Child Should Read before Turning 8, Part Two – Responsibility

50 Books Your Child Should Read before Turning 8, Part One – Perseverance

This is Part One of a Six-Part Series on the 50 Books Every Child Should Read Before they Turn 8. All of these books teach valuable life lessons on: Perseverance Family & Friends Courage Kindness Exploration & Discovery Responsibility *You can click on the links below to go to Amazon to purchase the book. Please … Continue reading 50 Books Your Child Should Read before Turning 8, Part One – Perseverance

10 Ways to Get Involved with your School’s Parent Organization

Hello! Welcome to the Kindness Clubhouse from Project Stella Resources The post you are looking for is now part of our Kindness Clubhouse membership site where we help parents and educators teach student leaders valuable life skills through acts of kindness and service. – You can find more information about the Kindness Clubhouse membership here.

Plan a program with 3 Children’s Books about Never Giving Up

My daughter, Stella, never runs out of big ideas.  But she often gets upset because the ideas she has do not always turn out like she wants them to.  We have discussions often about her feelings of frustration because friends or family don’t understand what she really likes to do. I try to be extra … Continue reading Plan a program with 3 Children’s Books about Never Giving Up

Activity for Young Adults – How well do you know your Fantasy novels?

Do you love YA Fantasy novels? How well do you know some of the most popular books? Try out this fun word search activity with a twist. I provide you with the name of the book but do you know who the main character is?  It is the main character's name you are searching for … Continue reading Activity for Young Adults – How well do you know your Fantasy novels?

Guide to Planning Service Projects

The purpose of this workbook is to guide students in creating a service program that will meet a community need and provide meaningful opportunities to a volunteer team. By breaking the process down into very simple steps, students can take practical steps to make their vision a reality. The questions in this workbook help prepare … Continue reading Guide to Planning Service Projects

Book Review: Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library

If you are looking for a really great time and fun read, both Stella and I highly recommend Chris Grabenstein's Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library.   While working on Stella's Detective Badge for Girl Scouts, we revisited this book.  It is an award winning children's mystery that perfectly supported her Girl Scouts Badge work because  … Continue reading Book Review: Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library

Ways to Support the Classroom through Scholastic.

Yes, that is right. I have been called a Scholastic-aholic several times throughout my life. In grade school, the highlight of my month was bringing home the Reading Club Flier and seeing what new books were now available.  As a teacher, Scholastic provided me with a means to build my classroom library and offer additional resources to my students.  Then, working with community agencies, Scholastic provided a ways to help other nonprofits and afterschool programs.

I am a huge supported and want to highlight three ways parents can support their child and their child's school through Scholastic.

Project Stella Book Talk: The Warden’s Daughter

One of my favorite books that I read as a teacher to my fifth grade students was Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli. I am  excited to have come across his new book published last year, The Warden’s Daughter.

This is a historical fiction novel that tells the story of Cammie O’Reilly – a twelve-almost thirteen year old girl who lives in an apartment above the cell blocks of the Hancock County Prison. She interacts every day with the prisoners that live there and she has authority – they listen to her because she is the Warden’s daughter. The one thing she doesn’t have is a mother.