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100 Fun & Easy Learning Games for Kids GIVEAWAY

100 Fun & Easy Learning Games for Kids GIVEAWAY

Have you met Kim Vij and Amanda Boyarshinov of The Educators’ Spin On It? They are teachers, moms, bloggers (a duo in fact!), and also co-hosts for Multicultural Children’s Book Day.

im Vij and Amanda Boyarshinov of The Educators' Spin On It

I’m proud to know them. They are both wonderfully generous with their time and knowledge. I learned how to improve my Pinterest account from Kim when she did a Google+ Hangout for Multicultural Kid Blogs meet up. I still have my notes from her session.

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Learn About London for Kids

A Fun Way to Learn About London!

This cut paper animation video of the history of London amazed me … and prompted this list. I’ve been to London for a short trip before I had kids, but it’s on my list to visit again! How about you? Have your kids been to London? If so, would they like these books?

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Summer Learning Ideas to Halt Summer Slide

Summer Learning Ideas to Halt Summer Slide

Our school year won’t end until June 23rd which makes my kids and I think that we are the last to finish school this year. Hence, my summer learning plans are a little late in the making this year.

My two teen girls are away most of the summer. Grasshopper and Sensei will do a six-week Pre-College summer session at Rhode Island School of Design. She has some assigned books to read for AP English next fall where she will be a Junior in high school, and she will enter some art competitions.

PickyKidPix did not read enough this past school year while in 8th grade. She’s going to try to read five books this summer. Read more…

How to Play PokemonGo with Kids

How to Play #PokémonGO with Your Kids

My son was obsessed with Pokémon when he was four years old. For two years, I read nothing but Pokémon books to him. The books he liked were Find and Seek or Pokémon directories. Neither types of books have much plot. I also bought him tiny Pokémon plastic figures off eBay that I would carry around in a plastic baggy and whip out at restaurants for him to play with. They had to be ordered from Hong Kong. This is serving me well now, when my kids catch Pokémon because I actually can describe them.

PokémonGO

Jigglypuff? The pinkish one?

Jigglypuff Pokémon

Poliwhirl? Doesn’t that have a swirly thing for eye? Oh, it’s on the stomach.

Poliwhirl Pokémon, Polywhirl Pokémon

Ghastly? Ghost Pokémon!

Ghastly Pokémon

I love Pokémon. I love how kids can wander in this safe world where nothing really bad ever happens. When PokémonGo came out, I knew it would motivate my son to finish his summer math workbook in order to get a cell phone. As a rising 6th grader taking the school bus for the first time, he needs a phone. Read more…

Teaching Kids About Money: Summer Curriculum

Teaching Kids About Money: Summer Curriculum

Forbes has a great article on money lessons you should be teaching your kids, with milestones for ages 5, 10, and 15. Let’s see how I’m doing with my kids:

Money Lesson Goals for 5 Year Olds

  • Savings Goal – a savings goal has three elements: (1) what you want to buy, (2) when you want to buy it and (3) how much it will cost at that time.
  • Bank – a place that helps us safely store, organize and manage our money
  • Check – a way to pay for items where we write a note asking our bank to send our money to someone to pay for our purchases
  • Bills – notes letting us know how much we owe for our purchases
  • Trade Off  – A decision we have to make when we are considering whether to save for something or spend our money

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Art Activity Books for Kids Huge GIVEAWAY

Art Activity Books for Kids Huge GIVEAWAY

Nature is often a theme of Japanese art. Today, I am giving away two Japanese art coloring books and sharing some Japanese art by Hokusai from the Museum of Fine Arts Boston. I hope this helps to entertain your kids this summer.

Let’s learn about Ukiyo-e!

The ukiyo-e genre of art flourished in Japan from the 17th through 19th centuries The term ukiyo-e translates as ‘pictures of the floating world’.

Some ukiyo-e artists specialized in making paintings, but most works were prints. Artists rarely carved their own woodblocks for printing; rather, production was divided between the artist, who designed the prints; the carver, who cut the woodblocks; the printer, who inked and pressed the woodblocks onto hand-made paper; and the publisher, who financed, promoted, and distributed the works.

Hokusai The Great Wave

Great Wave off Kanagawa by Hokusai
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DIY STEM Paper Circuits: Light Up Cards & GIVEAWAY

DIY STEM Paper Circuits: Light Up Cards & GIVEAWAYS

This STEM project teaches kids about circuits and electricity. Because there are tiny parts, I recommend it for ages 10 and older. This coincides nicely with 5th grade Core Curriculum circuits as well.

There are a few hurdles for doing this project. To make it easier for my readers to do this science project, I’m giving away some kits of the harder to procure parts. See the Rafflecopter below to win.

This Paper Circuit STEM project is also in Make: Start Making! A Guide to Engaging Young People in Maker Activities by Danielle Martin and Alisha Panjwani. I’m also giving away a copy of this book. To win this book, please leave a comment.

Step 1: The Materials

Some of the materials you’ll probably have around the house: clear tape, scissors, paper/card stock/construction paper (card stock is best), and binder clip (nice to have but not necessary).

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3D Printing: Teen Makes His Own Invisalign

3D Printing: Teen Makes His Own Invisalign

Two of my kids are taking a 3D printing class this summer through Id Tech camp. My daughter’s orthodontist does not recommend making your own Invisalign as there might be issues with jaw alignment that requires more than moving your teeth.

3D Printing: Teen Makes His Own Invisalign

Images from CNN Money

Still, this college student, Amos Dudley, used a 3D printer to make his own Invisalign and successfully moved his teeth. My husband was impressed enough to send me this article from CNN Money.

College student makes own invisalign

Images from CNN Money

He usedNew Jersey Institute of Technology’s equipment to scan and print models of his teeth, and mold non-toxic plastic around them to form the set of 12 clear braces.

Here’s the video.

Summer Reading Programs & Free Books for Kids

Summer Reading Programs & Free Books for Kids

I’ve rounded up FREE literacy resources for parents to get their kids reading. First, I found summer reading programs that your kids can enter to win prizes including free books. Next, I searched for free books — the good kind — and weeded out the weird sites with books that I’ve never heard of. Finally, I found fun literacy activities like book trailers, a site to make your own story book, and a contest to shoot your own 90 second Newbery book movie.

Happy reading this summer! What else do you need to get your kids reading?

p.s. Photos featured are from my Caught in the Act of Reading program. Parents sent me their photos of kids caught reading and I sent them a book. I will continue this program until I run out of books. Just email me your photos at PragmaticMomBlog gmail and I’ll send you a book (1 per family).

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Summer Reading Programs

Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge for kids, educator and parents. Kids:

  • Read & log minutes all summer
  • Unlock stories & earn rewards
  • Enter for a chance to win Klutz books!

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Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Triathlon. The Barnes and Noble summer reading program for kids gives kids a free book when they read 8 books over the summer. The choices of books are: Read more…