Gordon Parks: Black History Month

Gordon Parks: Black History Month

Parks at the Civil Rights March on Washington, 1963

Parks at the Civil Rights March on Washington, 1963 from Wikipedia

I had seen a photography exhibit at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts last year and had taken a few photos of Gordon Parks photos because they seemed really important somehow. I knew nothing about Gordon Parks then. In researching female pioneering musicians, I came across Gordon Parks: How the Photographer Captured Black and White America and I remembered his photographs. What I didn’t realize at that time was that Gordon Parks’ exhibit was for a Life magazine story about segregation in the schools but it never ran in the magazine. He’s a fascinating person. I hope you enjoy learning about him if he’s new to you too. Read more…

Lunch Box Love, free lunch box notes printable

Lunch Box Love: FREE Lunch Box Note Printable

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Horizon Organic. The opinions and text are all mine.

I’m not the mom who makes beautiful bento box lunches for her kids though I fantasize about that. I am usually the one scrambling in the morning to pack lunch for my son who is the last to go to school. My teen girls are up and out of the house before I am awake (thanks hubby!), and they pack their own lunch.

Show Love in the Lunch Box

It’s not surprising then that Valentine’s Day has passed and even Chinese New Year and I didn’t do anything special for my kids. I’ve decided that 1) it’s never too late and 2) baby steps. Read more…

Pattern Block Creativity & Kid Lit Blog Hop

Pattern Block Creativity & Kid Lit Blog Hop

I have to say that I got my money’s worth out of the pattern blocks toy manipulative that I’ve had for ages. All my kids loved playing with them. I kept them in an old diaper wipes box, decorated with stickers and I found that my son, now 11 years old, will still occasionally pull them out!

pattern block picture book

Pattern blocks are a great math toy; math is the science of finding patterns! There are also patterns in language too! You could say that finding and understanding patterns is the secret to unlocking the world around us. Read more…

Naruto, Guko drawings by 5th grade boy

Naruto Inspired Learning for my 5th Grade Son

NarutoMy son has always had his obsessions:

  • Age 3: Dinosaurs and Angry Birds
  • Age 4 and 5: Pokémon
  • Age 6: Bakugan, Ninjago
  • Age 7: Magic Cards, Minecraft, Mario Brothers Video Games
  • Age 9, 10: Minecraft, Dragonballz, Injustice Video Game
  • Age 1o and 11: Dragonballz, Naruto

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International Book Giving Day

Today is International Book Giving Day!

Today is International Book Giving Day! The aim? To get books into the hands of as many children as possible.

Today I will be giving away a diversity book bundle on my Instagram @PragmaticMom. Follow me and tag two people to win my giveaway!

14th February is about sharing the love of books! #bookgivingday

International Book Giving Day is a 100% volunteer initiative aimed at increasing children’s access to and enthusiasm for books because:

  • Most children in developing countries do not own books.
  • In the United Kingdom, one-third of children do not own books.
  • In the United States, two-thirds of children living in poverty do not own books.

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My 5th Grade Son Blogs on Books!

My 5th Grade Son Blogs on Books!

My son’s 5th grade class has a class blog. It’s private but he showed me his posts and I copied and pasted his two book reviews here.

I love the idea of a classroom blog. His teacher says it’s a sneaky way to get kids writing. They love blogging, apparently, and don’t realize that they are writing!

These two books, Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick and Holes by Louis Sachar were assigned reading group books.


Soap, Vinegar, and Curry Powder

Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick

“That’s when Freak squeezes the trigger and sprays him right in the eyes.”th

In my book group we read Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick.  The book is about two friends with disabilities and their adventures.  One is big and named Max and the other is short and named Kevin.  Max has dyslexia and Kevin has Morquio Syndrome.  It’s a disease when your organs grow but your body doesn’t.  Max is mighty and Kevin is freak.

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Multicultural Children's Book Day 2016 Stats

96 Million Impressions for Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2016!

96 Million Social Media Impressions

for Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2016!

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how not to get your wordpress blog hacked

How Not To Get Hacked: My Advice after 2 of My Blogs Were Hacked

Two of my blogs got hacked recently. I think the hacker used the same means for illegal blog entry: an old theme that I had tried out years ago and rejected. That particular theme was probably not updated over time, and it became a Trojan Horse for hackers to enter my blog.

It turns out that WordPress users are more vulnerable to hackers since it’s a big community. Don’t worry! Here are some FREE tips and action items to lockdown your security.

Trojan Horse

How about you? Have your blogs ever been hacked? What else did you do? Thanks for sharing! Read more…

Homopolar Motor: Clean Energy Science Project for 5th Grade

Homopolar Motor: Clean Energy Science Project for 5th Grade

This video that we saw on The Kid Should See This prompted me to buy the supplies to try this at home with my son:

Supply List for Homopolar Motor

I bought the wrong magnets so I would suggest you buy this smaller one instead. It’s less expensive too! Read more…