Melissa Rooney Blogging

Melissa Rooney Blogging

"There is more to life than increasing its speed." – Mahatma Gandhi

The Power to Change

Click on the link below to see my recent post in the Durham News (News and Observer). I do believe it’s time for a change. But meaningful change can only come from within. http://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/community/durham-news/dn-opinion/article115243688.html

*Eddie Moves Out*, Picture-Book Sequel to *Eddie the Electron*

Just got a sampling of the illustrations for the sequel to Eddie the Electron (Eddie Moves Out), with a tentative release date of June, 2017. Check ’em out below. I love the playfulness of Harry Pulver’s illustrations and their absolute synergy with the story. If you’re looking for an educational stocking stuffer this Christmas, please… (read more)

3 Days Before Election, Adams Persists

With 3 days before the election, these quotes from Founding Father John Adams (one of my favorite persons ever to have roamed the planet) are more pertinent than ever: . . . “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” *There is… (read more)

Thought for the Day

This photo is my son’s elementary school principal, Arrica Dubose, directing carpool traffic in the RAIN yesterday. It’s finally raining! Plus, I get this display of loving leadership. I call that a good day. It’s easy to forget to thank these special people in our lives. I’m making a conscious effort to improve in that… (read more)

Fun Science: Easy Hands-on Chemistry Lesson

  This is a picture of my 6YO son’s back-to-school Magic Crystals, obtained after immersing dolostones in vinegar (with a little orange food coloring) for 5 days . I’ve never made mushroom crystals before, so we were both truly enthralled. Click HERE to get my six-year-old’s take on the experience. Dolostones (which can be purchased… (read more)

Your Village

In organizing children’s events this summer, I’ve talked to several science museum directors and staff, mostly about how to ensure that people actually attend the events. It’s not a matter of young people wanting to be there. It’s a matter of their parents getting them there. Whether they are in preschool or middle school, nine… (read more)

The Danville Science Center – A Unique Experience for Kids of All Ages

I spent last Saturday bonding with young people, pre-school through high-school, via my hands-on children’s book readings at the Danville Science Center (DSC). While driving to Virginia from my home in Durham, NC, I worried that my kids, who accompanied me, would get bored in one place all day and would consequently interfere with my… (read more)

Middle- and High-School Strings Students Amaze at Animazement in Raleigh, NC, this Weekend

My 14-year-old  daughter plays viola in the Duke University String School’s Youth Symphony Orchestra, which yesterday performed an Anime Symphony (entitled Space Brothers) at the 2016 Animazement Convention in Raleigh, NC (http://wncn.com/…/hundreds-get-into-character-for-animazem…/). The symphony was written, designed and conducted by renowned Japanese movie composer and record producer Toshiyuki Watanabe, who flew in from Japan just for the event… (read more)

Welcome to my blog …

  … where you will find articles pertaining to education, including suggestions for parents, caretakers, and teachers (traditional and home-school) regarding engaging and practical hands-on books, curricula, events, and opportunities. I also write about my experiences with parenting, marriage, writing, and life in general and, sometimes, local (Durham/Raleigh/Chapel-Hill), regional (Southeastern United States), and national issues, concerns and opinions. To read… (read more)