Archive for June, 2010

How To: Help People of Afghanistan with just a photo

Help People of Afghanistan

Who:  Riverhead Trade Paperbacks, a division of Penguin Group (USA) is sponsoring.  You must be 18 years of age to participate.

What:  Campaign to aid people of Afghanistan through The Khaled Hosseini Foundation, a non-profit started by author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns. Read more…

Best Non-Fiction for Kids: Fangs!

Great Non-Fiction for Boys

The cover of the book alone is appealing because it is a hologram that morphs into four different animals.  You have to tilt it just right to get all four images but this was really fun for my preschooler-soon-to-be-Kindergartener son.  I don’t want to spoil the surprise so I won’t tell you which four animals appear, but hint:  they all have fangs!! Read more…

Top 10: Picture Books That Teach Life Lessons

Best Picture Books That Teach Life Lessons

I read the loveliest Top 10 Picture Books that Teach Life Lessons on the Simple Mom blog. She’s out on maternity leave so this post was from Simple Homeschool editor, Jamie Martin of Steady Mom.  Click here for the link. Read more…

Chapter Book for Lacrosse Players: The Warriors (ages 8-14)

 Best Chapter Book for Boys Who Play Lacrosse

For anyone who loves the game of lacrosse, this is a must-read book.  To the Iroquois nation, lacrosse is a game that is spiritual and helps to connect their community through the act of playing.  In this novel by gifted Native Indian author Joseph Bruchac, Jake Forrest leaves his reservation for a posh boarding school in Washington D.C.  The two worlds could not be more different, and the only thing in common in the game of lacrosse.  But at boarding school, lacrosse is played with a very different attitude than at home. Read more…

Teach Gratitude with A Small Child’s Book of Prayers

Book of Prayers for Kids

I wish we went to church more often.  My husband worships at the church of 18 holes.  I do think it is a place of spirituality for him and it certainly does reveal man’s true nature.  My husband says that after a round of golf, you see the person for who his or she is … cheaters, lies to self, lies to others, poorly mannered, can’t-control-your-temper, etc.  It’s enough spirituality for him. Read more…

Picture Book Teaches Perseverance Through Karate (ages 4-8)

Karate Picture Book Sends Message of Perseverance

My kids started karate about three years ago.  More than a decade ago, I had been robbed at gunpoint when I lived in West Los Angeles and I have been doing martial arts off and on for about the same amount of time.  I gravitate towards kick boxing which has fallen out of favor as a trendy exercise but it’s both a great workout and helpful for self-defense.  I let my oldest watch my kick boxing training session which helped to convince her to try karate.  She was halfway to black belt — where the rubber meets the road —  when the additional time commitment was more than she wanted to sign on for.  She opted for soccer instead. Read more…

Learn Alphabet in Spanish: Fun for Preschoolers!

Spanish Alphabet for Preschool Kids

Spanish Flashcards has a great post from the CleverLittlePeas.  It’s a uTube video of the alphabet in Spanish.  It’s fun for kids and best of all, it’s free. Read more…

Percy Jackson + King Arthur = The Dark is Rising

Fantasy Adventure Award Winning Chapter Book Series

A reader commented earlier to check out The Dark is Rising Series by Susan Cooper for my Reluctant Boy Reader list, and it’s taken me a while to track it down, but she was right! I just finished the second book, The Dark is Rising and think that this is a fantastic series, with two Newbury awards; The Dark is Rising is a Newbury Honor book and The Grey King is a Newbury Medal Winner. Read more…

KidsMathFun Math Worksheet App

Math Worksheet App for Kids

I tested 1st, 2nd and 4th grade KidsMathFun on my  4th grader, 2nd grader and preschooler.  They were not a big hit.  These apps are very straightforward online math worksheets with problems and 4 choices for answers.  There are variations of this with Minute Math (timed), Double Dare (you have the sum and one of the numbers.  Find the missing number), and  Try Again (you can do your incorrect problems over again). Read more…