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Shaping Youth

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on April 8, 2014 | Filed under Citizenship & Community, Consumerism, Education, Health, Media & Culture, Media Literacy, Parenting, Resources, Websites

The Shaping Youth blog focuses on the influence of media and marketing on kids. With categories like “Body Image,” “Damaging Drek,” “Misogyny & Racism” and “Vapid Values,” Shaping Youth’s founder, Amy Jussel, keeps on top… More

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14 Picture Books for Exploring Eco-Friendly Actions

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on April 3, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

(Our Thursday blog posts are now reflecting monthly themes. For April, in honor of National Environmental Education Week (April 13-19), we’re posting about environmental protection issues and resources. Let us know what you think by… More

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Clothes, Class and Consequences: Humane Education in Language Arts

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on March 24, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

We start receiving messages about consumerism, class and appearance early on, but rarely do we offer young people an opportunity to examine how some of those cultural messages influence our self-image and choices. Look at… More

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The Dumpster Diver

by Janet S. Wong

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on March 19, 2014 | Filed under Books, Children's Books, Citizenship & Community, Consumerism, Early Childhood, Elementary, Environmental Protection, Resources

Steve the electrician dives for buried treasure right smack here in our backstreet alley.” The neighborhood kids help Steve with his dumpster diving and transform junk into wonderful, often useful treasures. A useful conversation starter… More

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Stuff! Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

by Steven Kroll

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on March 18, 2014 | Filed under Books, Business & Social Entrepreneurship, Children's Books, Citizenship & Community, Consumerism, Early Childhood, Elementary, Environmental Protection, Resources

When the neighborhood has a tag sale, Pinch the pack rat doesn’t want to give up any of his stuff. But when he sees how much money he can make from selling his stuff (and… More

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Solutionary Spotlight: SHINEing a Humane Education Light in India

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on March 10, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

For the past four years, through her SHINE (Salem Humane Institute for Nature and Ethics) program in Salem, Tamil Nadu, in southern India, Shanthalakshmi Duarisamy has been offering humane education programs and workshops for students… More

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“Thinking Snack Time”: Help Kids Tackle Trash

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on February 17, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

How to integrate humane education into the curriculum may not always be immediately obvious, but as teachers, you have other, countless opportunities throughout the day to bring the humane lens to your students. Teacher and… More

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Are Picture Books Cultivating Consumerism in Kids? This Study Says Yes

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on February 3, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

If you’re a teacher, parent or picture-book aficionado, you know the powerful messages and values (both positive and otherwise) that can be embedded in children’s literature. As a babysitter, Rachel Franz started noticing a trend…. More

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You’re Judging People By That Bag They’re Carrying

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on December 2, 2013 | Filed under Humane Connection

Every day we make split-second assumptions about others, often without being aware we’re doing it. We may make assumptions about the person driving a gas-guzzling SUV; the woman wearing a fur coat; the parent with… More

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Where in the World is Away?

by Michael Franti

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on November 17, 2013 | Filed under Books, Children's Books, Citizenship & Community, Elementary, Environmental Protection, Language Arts, Resources, Science

Created by musician Michael Franti, this story, in rhyming text, follows Little Lee and Little Lou as they contemplate the best place to throw their juice bottle “away.” When they encounter Mo the Crow, he… More