now been writing Teacher Talk for three yours. This is the 150th column. Most
rewarding have been the people who have told me that they have cut out,
posted, copied, and sent my column to other people. I have lost track of the
times I have heard people say something like, "I saw your column on my
motherís refrigerator" or "I mailed your column to my
Almost a year ago, with 100 columns under my belt, I announced the publication
of Teach Your Children Well. It was printed in a small edition, which
allowed me to distribute copies to teachers and parents for their perusal, so
they could get back to me with suggestions for ways to improve the content.
During the last year, I have been revising the first edition. Now the second
edition is available, with 36 pages more than in the first, as well as new and
expanded references for families to use with their children.
183-page book has twelve chapters and is divided into two parts. Part one
emphasizes skills and includes the curriculum areas of oral language, reading,
writing, math, science, social studies, and creative expression. Part two
focuses on values that are important for parents to teach to their young
people, including shaping attitudes, responsibility, cooperation with others,
physical wellbeing, and, finally, parent involvement in education.
There are several features of the book that have garnered compliments from
readers of the first edition:
The ideas are easy to implement, with no need for families to make expensive
There are many wonderful lists for parents to use, including books about
specific topics, weather words, geography words, words that kindergarteners
and first-graders should be able to learn how to spell, and resources for
One can open to almost any page, get an idea, and start using it right away.
final benefit has been the result of my thoughts about how I can be of service
to society. It has led me to make the public statement in the second edition
that half of all profits earned from sales will be donated to organizations
that benefit children and their families.