What we are thankful for on Thanksgiving and 21 days of gratitude! Also Thanksgiving books for kids that transport kids back to the time when the Pilgrims came over on the Mayflower and landed in the New World.
Best blocks and play structures for open ended creative play.
Gift guide for artistic kids (and adults). I’ve steered away from arty kits towards more open ended high quality materials and interesting toys with an artistic twist.
Best educational math, science, STEM toy gift guide.
Toys to keep kids active this winter and all during the year. This gift guide includes tricycles, pogos, sleds, luge sleds and more.
These toys, books, games and devices help make reading fun. They make great birthday gifts too!
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.
My brother-in-law turned me on to the Golden Apple Toy Awards, from GreatSchools, which are really great educational but fun toys vetted by kids, parents and teachers. I added a few more time-tested toys that we’ve used over and over for the last decade at my house.
Dragons and aliens and dinosaurs, oh my! And for girls, there are interesting slightly mischieveous girls to meet as well as cousins who are really sweet. Short chapter book series can often have repetitive plot lines about nothing or language that is neither rich nor interesting. There is something special about each of these book series for the child AND the adult reading along.
Every summer I stress out about what books to get for my kids that they will like but are also exposing them — as only books can do — to the wide world all around them both past, present and future. This summer, we are going to take a trip around the world by reading these multi-cultural books. What is great about this list is that it covers all the ages of my kids: from preschool through elementary school. I will be sneaky and check out these books for them and leave them strewn about the house for them to examine when they are bored. I will keep you posted on what books my kids actually liked because that is a whole ‘nother list! See you at the library!
Can you believe that Tinkertoys is turning 100 this year?! To celebrate this great milestone, I am doing a Tinkertoy Giveaway of a special 100 piece essential set before it hits the stores next month. K’NEX is also launching Tinkertoy’s very own Facebook page!
If you played with Tinkertoys as a child, you’ll notice that it has morphed from wood to plastic.
My son, a rising 2nd grader, saw the box and balked at first at playing with the toy. He saw the little girl on the box and the ages 3+ and thought it was for babies.
Please welcome my guest blogger Faigie Kobre with a topic that I had started a few months ago — 50 Ways to Develop Your Child’s Self Esteem — but with no ideas in it. I don’t think I even had a single way written yet. Her post is on developing kids self esteem, a gift that gives back that we, as parents, can bestow upon our children.
Four ways to help your child develop amazing self esteem
Everyone wants their children to have good self esteem. Most parents however, seem clueless as to how to help their children acquire this most precious commodity. There are reams of information written about this topic. I can’t claim to be an expert or to have even read a fraction of what is available. A number of years ago though, I did read an amazing book called Your Child’s Self-Esteem by Dorothy Briggs. She goes through many, many points about self esteem in her wonderful treatise and I am going to share some salient steps to helping your child develop good self esteem.
What is good self esteem
Before we begin, we first need to understand what is good self esteem.
Most people seem to think that it is supreme confidence. Some think it’s when kids think they are great. Often cocky, braggarts come across as having good self esteem.The problem is that kids that seem to think they are great, don’t really think so and inside probably don’t think very well of themselves at all.
Someone with good self esteem doesn’t think they are great. They don’t need to.
When you have self esteem there is no need to impress others, you just feel glad that you are you. Self esteem means that you know that you are lovable no matter what, just because you exist. It’s a feeling of knowing that you have something to offer to others without having to prove yourself.
While self confidence can be broken up into different areas, self esteem is the overall self judgement. It comes across as quiet confidence and the willingness to try anything because if you fail, who cares? … you’re still OK. Read more…
This is the last installment of my school’s Summer Reading 2013 list: A Collaboration of the Newton Public School Library Teachers & the Newton Free Children’s Librarians. I wanted to share my list with you since it’s likely on your library shelves. And I’ll use your list for the same reason.
The rest of the lists are here:
Rising Kindergarten Summer Reading List
Out on the Prairie by Donna Bateman
A 1 through 10 counting book featuring prairie animals of the Badlands National Park.
Building Our House by Jonathan Bean
A young girl narrates her family’s move from the city to the country, where they have bought a piece of land and live in a new trailer while they build a house from the ground up.
Sophie’s Fish by A. E. Cannon
Jake starts to worry about everything that could go wrong when he agrees to take care of his friend Sophie’s fish for the weekend.
My husband just got back from a trip to the U.K. It was golfing trip with buddies to celebrate his friend’s 60th birthday. When he got back, I asked him if we should go as a family. I had spent time in London and Cambridge, before kids, and I wanted take the kids on more international trips. Bonus points for England, too, since we wouldn’t have the language barrier.
From Boston, where we live in a suburb, it’s the exact same flying time (actually a half hour less) and approximate flight costs to go to California where our relatives are as to go to England. That’s tempting.
My biggest concern is what will the kids do all day? They are ages 8, 11 and 13 and finding activities that they all agree upon is practically impossible. I was thrilled to learn about Butlins because here is a change to get out and about with the family this summer at English seaside resorts!
They have three locations, all beach front: Bogner Regis, Minehead and Skegness. These seaside resorts in UK (United Kingdom) all look amazing for kids and adults! Read more…
The lack of diversity in children’s literature is a problem that affects all children, especially children from low-income families, who rarely see themselves, their families or their communities in the stories they read. First Book
The lack of diversity in children’s books is alarming and I am pledging to promote more multicultural books for kids. So today for Picture Book of the Day, I am giving away three diversity picture books for children to three winners! Read more…
Please welcome Erica from What Do We Do All Day?, a blog that always inspires me. There’s a big push now for non-fiction in the Common Core Curriculum and I am afraid that if we, as parents, don’t introduce non-fiction books to our kids that enchant them, they could be turned off by the onslaught of “boring” non-fiction they will be forced to read at school.
Non-fiction, however, when matched up to a child’s interest can be a great motivator in getting them to read. Erica offers up great science books for kids! I hope you find some ideas here for your child’s summer reading list.
Do your kids love science and learning about facts? Science picture books are a lovely way for kids to explore their favorite subjects and to discover something new.
At What Do We Do All Day? I share a book list (almost) every Monday, and even though my older son loves non-fiction books, I have made very few lists featuring fact-based books. That is probably a reflection of my own interests, so I am extra excited to be able to share with Pragmatic Mom’s followers this list of science picture books my boys have really enjoyed!
This book list is a hodgepodge and mishmash of all different science topics, so I hope you will find something that is a good fit for your child’s interests. If you have any favorite science picture books, please leave a comment here on this post. We love to get recommendations!
A Seed Is Sleepy. Author/illustrator team Dianna Hutts Aston and Slyvia Long have created a series of gorgeous books about natural wonders which turn kids’ attentions to the beauty of the small miracles of nature. Also discover: A Rock Is Lively, An Egg Is Quiet and A Butterfly Is Patient.
All the Water in the World. Poetry in motion, just like rushing, trickling, dripping water, this book about the cycle of water will fascinate your kids. Lots of facts about where water comes from, where it goes and why we need it are eloquently communicated through gorgeous watercolors and poetry.
Do you have a child going into 2nd grade? Try using this great summer reading list created by the Newton Public School Library Teachers & the Newton Free Children’s Librarians because my list is likely on your library shelves. The list includes the best newly published books across all genres including picture books, easy readers, non-fiction, poetry and graphic novels. I hope this helps to keep your kids reading!
What are you reading with your child this summer? Please share!
Rising First Grade Summer Reading List
The Other Side of Town by Jon Agee A taxi cab driver in New York City gets very confused when he picks up a guy in a goofy suit. Aston, Dianne Hutts. A Rock is Lively
Introduces readers to rocks and minerals, describing how they are created, what they can be used for, and their different forms and types.
Use this great Summer Reading 2013 book list which is a collaboration of the Newton Public School Library Teachers & the Newton Free Children’s Librarians to find books for your kids this summer. Why use my list? Because these books will (hopefully) be on your shelves. They won’t be at my library shelves so I’ll be either going to a library one town over or using your library’s list!
I learned this trick a few years ago when I was frustrated trying to find great picture books and Every Single Book on the list was not there! I also offer you my daughter, PickyKidPix’s, very popular post on the chapter books she read as a 3rd grader. Her post outranks me on Google which is a source of endless checking and amusement for her.
What are your reading with your kids? Any favorites from this list? Please share!
The rest of the lists are here:
Rising 2nd Grade Summer Reading List
The Crazy Case of Missing Thunder by Tony Abbott
Long-time friends and fellow sleuths Jeff Bunter, Brian Rooney, Mara Lubin, and Kelly Smitts, collectively known as the Goofballs, investigate the disappearance of Thunder the pony in their town of Badger Point.
I’m excited to learn about The BoomWriter Storytellers Camp which provides aspiring middle school-aged writers the chance to be published. Bestselling author and cartoonist Jeff Kinney, author of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, will help get kids started!
I’ll be giving away one scholarship to camp! See my rafflecopter at the bottom.
Everything You Wanted to Know about The BoomWriter Storytellers Camp
- WHO? Aspiring writers entering grades 6-8
- WHAT? A one-week online writing camp consisting of instruction, writing, feedback, and peer review
- WHEN? July and August 2013
- WHERE? Online at www.BoomWriter.com
- WHY? Awesome opportunity for campers to write and be published!
Each morning (anytime between 7:00 am – 11:00 am EST), campers will view an online writing lesson and then read, write, and submit their entry. All submissions will be reviewed by BoomWriter instructors.
Later in the day (anytime between 3:00 pm – 10:00 pm EST), campers will read the submissions of some of the other participants and be able to vote for the pieces they like the best. Campers will be notified of the winning submission the following morning prior to that day’s lesson.The process will continue throughout the week until the story is completed and a book is published! Read more…