Monthly Archives: November 2014

Book Review- Think Confident, Be Confident for Teens by Marci Fox and Leslie Sokol

This book is a self-help book for teens. It branches from the book Think Confident, Be Confident: A Four-Step Program to Eliminate Doubt and Achieve Lifelong Self-Esteem. The aim of this book is for teenagers to recognize and overcome self-doubt, learn to build confidence, work on positive thinking and actions, to learn to follow dreams and to find ways to increase social life and do better in school. The book allows teenagers to attain this by giving them various life situations to effectively face and build their confidence in their social and family life, performances at school, sports, extracurricular activities and work, and difficult life events.This book is great for teenagers who need to work on confidence building activities, parents and facilitators.



The Marshmallow Challenge

Here is a challenge you and your family must try this weekend.




What you will need:

  • 20 sticks of uncooked spaghetti
  • 1 yard of tape
  • 1 yard of string
  • 1 marshmallow
  •  scissors (if the string is thick and cannot be broken by hand)



To build the tallest freestanding structure in 18 minutes.



1.Build the tallest freestanding structure. The structure cannot be suspended from a higher structure, like a chair, ceiling or chandelier, or held to stay in place when the time runs out.
2. The entire marshmallow must be on top.
3. You are able to use as much or as little of the items.
4. You can break up the spaghetti, string or tape.
5. The challenge only lasts 18 minutes.
6. Have fun thinking outside the box!


Can you solve this?

Here is a fun brain teaser to do this weekend with your family.



Objective: Everybody has to cross the river


The following rules apply:

  • Only 2 people on the raft at a time.
  • The Father cannot stay with any of the daughters, without their Mother’s presence.
  • The Mother cannot stay with any of the sons, without their Father’s presence.
  • The thief (striped shirt) cannot stay with any family member, if the Policeman is not there.
  • Only the Father, the Mother and the Policeman know how to operate the raft.


Note: The solution is possible! THIS IS NOT A TRICK!


Please use the pictures below to solve this brain teaser.

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Try it online:


Encouraging the Reluctant Reader

Picture books can help encourage reluctant readers. The picture book Warning: Do Not Open This Book! by Adam Lehrhaupt is a wonderful book that captures the interest of reluctant readers and encourages them to turn the page. This is because children won’t be able to resist the urge to turn the page as they wade through caution tape, warning signs, and scenes of chaos. Here is a sneak peek…

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