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caught in the act of reading

Caught in the Act … of READING returns!

I’m celebrating kids caught in the act of reading again this summer. As always, I will send you a children’s book for every photo you send me of your child caught reading. I hope this sparks a love of reading for kids!

You can email me at pragmaticmomblog (at) gmail (dot) com.

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Hi Lo books for boys

Writing Hi Lo Fiction and Books for Boys

Please welcome my guest blogger, Jim Westcott, an author who writes Hi Lo fiction books for boys.

 

My fifteen years as a Special Education Teacher influenced what I write and for what audience. I write these kinds of books for these two audiences:

  • Hi Interest-Low Vocabulary Books for struggling readers, especially books for boys between 8 and 12
  • High Interest Books for Boys that don’t struggle, but fall into what is known as the Reluctant category

I try my best to have a style that is fast and funny and contains some male-introspection. I should probably mention that my writing doesn’t contain much farting and burping. Read more…

summer reading ideas, what counts as reading

Summer Reading Ideas: What Counts as “Reading”

Please welcome my guest author today, Donna Lasinski of ThinkStretch Summer Learning Program. 

summer reading, caught in the act of reading

What is Reading?

Summer reading is a time honored tradition for adults and children alike.  But what really counts as summer reading?  With my three boys, we can often haggle over what “counts” for their daily reading time.  So, with the benefit of insights from other parents, teachers and researchers, here is what my family has decided “counts”: Read more…

Mr Avila Miss Nelson is Back video

Mr. Avila’s Kindergarteners Act Out Miss Nelson is Back!

Last year, Mr. Avina’s kindergarte class from Los Angles United School District acted out Miss Nelson is Missing. It was adorable!

Do you know about the Miss Nelson picture book series? I had a copy but didn’t really read it until my babysitter, Kate, said that it was her favorite book of all time as a child. Read more…

reading and imagining exercises for kids

Reading and Imagining Writing Exercise For Kids

My guest blogger today is Jeffrey Pfaum, an inner-city schoolteacher, who is sharing his creative ideas for reading, writing, imaginning and drawing exercises.

 

Reading-and-Imagining Writing Exercise

You can develop the imagination with simple exercises, where the mind changes words into pictures. Ask your child to close her eyes and picture—or visualize—words in her mind. For example, have her read the word dog, and say:

  • “Picture the word ‘dog’ in your mind.”
  • “What are you looking at?”
  • What picture(s) do you imagine?”
  • “Describe the mind-picture(s).”
  • Draw or pencil-sketch what you imagine.”
  • “What thoughts, feelings, and experiences are triggered by the mind-picture(s)?”

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Rick Riordan Mega Awesome author event

Meet Rick Riordan with Me

The main event! Rick Riordan at the Mega Awesome Author Event with Eoin Colfer, Jonathan Stroud and Ridley Pearson. It was an awesome group! Eoin Colfer should be a stand up comedian; that guy really is that funny! Jonathan Stroud has that lovely Brit sense of humor. He’s humble and charming. Ridley Pearson is the kind of author you’d want as a mentor. He’s kind, thoughtful and generous with his time and knowledge.

Rick Riordan and Mega Awesome book event

But were we really here for Rick Riordan? Yes, yes we were. My son has read EVERY SINGLE WORD THAT MAN HAS EVER WRITTEN including the short story in Guys Read: Other Worlds and Son of Sobek in which we had to rent his sister’s Paperwhite at $1 per day!

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Georges Seurat Pointillism Art Project for Kids

Seurat Art Project Using Chapter Book Liar and Spy

PickyKidPix and I love Liar and Spy by Rebecca Stead. She said it was a read aloud this past year for 6th grade English.

Since she was read to at school, I have a treat for you, my dear readers. I have Rebecca Stead reading from Liar and Spy! (If you haven’t read her excellent chapter book, this clip will set up the story). Read more…

summer reading lists and resources

Summer Reading Lists and Programs for Kids

Summer is starting soon and I need to get a summer reading plan for my kids! Usually, my kids are assigned an extensive summer reading project by the teachers in the next grade. One year it was five books AND a book review project!

When my girls started middle school, the summer reading assignments ceased and it was hard to get my girls to read, especially as they were away part of the summer for sleepaway camp. This year, I am going to start strong: a trip to the book store and a summer reading incentive plan. I’ve give my kids their choice since different reading programs have different prizes. (I’ve listed some at the bottom).

I might even try to sneak in a summer book club meeting for my son and middle daughter. It can be tricky to schedule with everyone away at different times, but the kids get excited to see their friends by the end the summer so one right before school starts usually works

What will you do to get your kids reading this summer? Please share! Read more…

Meeting Eoin Colfer

Meet Eoin Colfer with Me (he’s hysterically funny!)

My son and I attended the Mega Awesome Book Event which starred Rick Riordan, but Eoin Colfer emerged as the star of the day. (Ridley Pearson was a rockstar too!)

Eoin Colfer and Rick Riordan

Boy is that guy funny and charming! If I could invite just one author to dinner, I would pick him. He’d have you in stitches all night! Read more…