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Hello my friends!! We are students of the second level of Childhood Education. We study the cognitive, emotional, social and sexual development of children. Also, the autonomy, the habits and the routines. We organise activities for children, such as songs, stories, games,... in English and Spanish. In this blog, we offer interactive resources in English to use with children. Furthermore, we will prepare some group dynamics and we will also deal with some interesting English speaking countries festivities and customs, such as Halloween, Christmas Holiday, Valentines Day, Easter and Father´s Day and Mother´s Day. Thank you very much for visiting our blog.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

A Time of Overwhelming Grief

Our hearts are broken

President Obama statement on the shooting in Newtown, CT

The Best Resources On Talking With Children About Tragedies is a  collection of resources compiled by Larry Ferlazzo, an English  and Social Studies teacher at Luther Burbank High School in Sacramento. 

We wonder if school massacre will lead to new gun control laws in US

A Predictable Cycle? an excerpt from the NYT (July 20, 2012)
In the 24 hours following the shooting, many wrote about how Americans have become used to these all-too-frequent tragedies and the cycle of debate and blame that will follow. “Nothing changes,” writesAdam Gopnik in The New Yorker. “It will happen again.” (The satirical newspaper The Onion also echoed this idea.)
In a Times Op-Ed piece, “We’ve Seen This Movie Before,”Roger Ebert writes:
Should this young man  have been able to buy guns, ammunition and explosives? The gun lobby will say yes. And the endless gun control debate will begin again, and the lobbyists of the National Rifle Association will go to work, and the op-ed thinkers will have their usual thoughts, and the right wing will issue alarms, and nothing will change. And there will be another mass murder.
Do you agree? Will “nothing change?” Have we “seen this movie before”? What, in your opinion, could change this cycle? What do you think of Op-Ed columnist Gail Collins’s statement that, as with women’s suffrage in the early 1900’s and civil rights activism in the 1950’s, “nothing will change unless the people decide to do the leading”? How do you think that could happen?

Care or Fear is a very interesting blog post that reflects upon the tragedy in Newtown.

Angela Maiers also writes in this post about the shooting and how to help children deal with the shootings, tragedy, loss and death.

How to express opinions

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