Censorship makes me angry (but many things do) and it tends to make me go on the offensive. Instead of my diatribe, I found some words of wisdom by authors on how to handle censorship. Censorship is the child of fear and the father of ignorance. Most of the censorship I see is fear-driven. I […]
I was confused on the nomenclature of Hispanic American versus Latino American so I looked it up: Hispanic: a person of Latin American or Iberian ancestry, fluent in Spanish. It is primarily used along the Eastern seaboard, and favored by those of Caribbean and South American ancestry or origin. English or Spanish can be their […]
Please welcome my guest poster today, author Elsa Marston who is my resident Middle Eastern Children’s literature go to! She has a list of recommended books for kids and teens at the bottom of the post. ———— Lately we’ve been reading about terrorist actions by Muslims in Europe and other places, events that have again […]
My book list of Top 10 Books to Teach Kids to Be More Responsible made me start to think about life skills that kids need before going off to college. That and the fact that my oldest, Grasshopper and Sensei, will be starting high school next fall so we have only 4 years to tackle this […]
I searched five years of digital photographs looking for photos of my kids reading and I only came up with the handful here. Why? It’s not easy getting kids reading, especially to love reading enough that they choose it over more exciting things like screens, playdates or sports! I started my blog after my oldest […]
I had the great fortune to meet The Nerdy Book Club founders at a dinner for Anne Ursu hosted by Walden Pond Press to celebrate her latest chapter book, The Real Boy. (It’s wonderful. I put it on my Newbery 2014 Contenders list! And it just won a Middle Grade Fiction Nerdie). Colby Sharp, one of […]
Best books for beginning readers from my library. This list is perfect for 2nd grade and 3rd grade.
Some ideas on how to set up a book club for your child with examples of successful book club meetings.
I am starting to buy into this idea of teaching and really connecting material through games and apps. I was sort of on board with this concept, but since playing around with The Elements (a Harry Potter version of the Periodic Table) that my brother-in-law turned me on to, I am now a believer as I saw, with my own eyes, how captivated my kids were with the Periodic Table, an otherwise dull chart.
Thank you to Hubpages for this information. There are additional book suggestions by grade if click here to see their post. I have added an asterisk to the books that I’ve read and loved (and two astericks for must reads!).
Did you know? Domestic violence affects a quarter of American families and accounts for more than a third of visits to emergency rooms by women. From The Second Step
Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) evolved from the “Day of Unity” held in October 1981 and conceived by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. The intent was to connect advocates across the nation who were working to end violence against women and their children.
- Each year, an estimated 3.3 million children witness their mothers or female caretakers being abused (American Psychological Association, 1996).
- Nearly 1 in 3 adult women experience at least one physical assault by a partner during adulthood. (American Psychological Association, 1996).
- Approximately 1.5 million women and 835,000 men are raped and/or physically assaulted by an intimate partner annually in the United States (Tjaden and Thoennes, 2000).
- Between 12% and 35% of teenagers have experienced some form of violence- from pushing and shoving to hitting- in a dating relationship (Simon and Golden, 1997).
In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, I am doing a round-up of resources for kids. Last year, I created this list: Domestic Violence Books for Kids.
My son saw this video on The Kid Should See It and wanted to build a 3D Hologram Projector.
It looks simple enough and it certainly caught my 10-year-old son’s attention. The materials are easy to come by too. You just need:
- CD Case that you can cut up
- X-Acto Blade
- A cutting board or something to cut on
- clear tape
I have two teen girls and have seen first-hand how they cope with beauty anxiety. My oldest, Grasshopper and Sensei, refuses to play the beauty game. It took me years to get her to willingly shop for clothes so that she wouldn’t look like a slob. She still is not one for make up or personal grooming beyond running a brush through her long hair.
Are you like me in that you get in a habit of buying certain products like toilet paper and paper towels that you just stick with? Would you be willing to try something else? What would it take?
Would you consider trying a new paper towel? What would it take? Read more…
My son and I have been enjoying The Kid Should See This curated videos. We picked out four of our favorites after watching several dozen.
What do we have today?
- Bach played like you’ve never heard it — by whacking plastic tubes
- The Guinness World Record for the largest popsicle stick chain reaction
- Freeline skate tricks on the streets of Taipei
- A car built of legos that runs on air? Is that possible? Yes!
We hope you enjoy them too!
Whacking plastic tubes has never sounded better! Read more…
Are you an Amazon Prime member? If so, you might not realize that you have access to something new at Amazon called Amazon Cloud Drive with Prime Photos. Amazon Cloud Drive provides unlimited photo storage plus 5 GB of additional storage space for videos, movies, music, and files.
Grasshopper and Sensei is the libero for her high school JV volleyball team.
If you are like me, you are running out of storage space on your hard disk and your iPhone and yet, you want and need to save your videos and photos which make up the majority of your data. Amazon Cloud Drive is a great solution for storing your digital memories because …
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My girls and I went to Italy and San Marino last summer on a whirlwind tour of Como, Milan, Rimini, Florence, Venice, Pisa and Montecantini over ten days so that PickyKidPix could play soccer against Italian girls’ teams. It was an interesting cultural experience as soccer is very popular for boys in Italy but not as much for girls. The Italian girls tended to be very technical players but they didn’t have the same fitness regime that we seem to do in the United States.
Leaning Tower of Pisa with PickyKidPix’s soccer team on the 4th of July. Read more…