German Term for the Day: die Hundstage

From 23 July to 23 August, we will get to experience the Hundstage (the dog days of summer), which are supposed to be the hottest and most uncomfortable part of summer in the Northern Hemisphere.

In Greek and Roman astrology,  this period was associated with heat, drought, sudden thunderstorms, lethargy, fever, mad dogs, and bad luck.

The Dog Days of Summer

Resources for Grade 5 Parents

The other day I talked to a longtime friend in Texas, whose 6th grade daughter, showing signs of anxiety and missing school, gave us a common ground for a small discussion. Last fall, my own 6th grade daughter showed signs of anxiety by having an overall body itch just before her oral presentation was due. I took her to the doctor to be told there was nothing wrong with her. Reading some of these recommended books and websites (see below) might prepare us for those situations.

This list of suggested reading material, compiled by the 5th grade team of educators at Frankfurt International School,  had been given to us a while back, and I find it useful to be shared with other parents in similar situations.

Resources for Grade 5 Parents – for Growing Up Unit of Inquiry

Some books you might find helpful:

My Body, My Self for Boys, Revised Third Edition (What’s Happening to My Body?) by Lynda Madaras

Girl Stuff: A Survival Guide to Growing Up by Margaret Blackstone

My Body, My Self for Girls, Revised 2nd Edition (What’s Happening to My Body?) Workbook by Lynda Madaras

Changes in You and Me: A Book About Puberty Mostly for Boys by Paulette Bourgeois

What’s Going on Down There?: Answers to Questions Boys Find Hard to Ask by Chava Castro

The Feelings Book: The Care & Keeping of Your Emotions (American Girl) by Norm Bendell and Lynda Madison

It’s Perfectly Normal: Changing Bodies, Growing Up, Sex, and Sexual Health (The Family Library) by Robie H. Harris

Let’s Talk: About Girls, Boys, Babies, Bodies, Families & Friends (Lets Talk) by Robie H. Harris

The Care & Keeping of You: The Body Book for Girls (American Girl Library) by Valorie Schaefer

Asking About Sex and Growing Up: A Question-and-Answer Book for Boys and Girls by Joanna Cole

Girls Are Girls and Boys Are Boys: So What’s the Difference? by Sol Gordon

The Period Book, Updated Edition: Everything You Don’t Want to Ask (But Need to Know) by Karen Gravelle

How to Talk to Your Child About Sex: It’s Best to Start Early, but It’s Never Too Late — A Step-by-Step Guide for Parents by Linda Eyre, Richard M. Eyre

American Medical Association Girl’s Guide to Becoming a Teen by Amy B. Middleman

Below are some websites that you might find helpful as well (most have both parent and kids sections):

Growing Kids
KidsHealth
Scholastic
KidsGrowth
Nick