I had my youngest try out Flip Phonics; his conclusion was swift and final, “I hate it!” It’s tough to compete with Angry birds. My middle child who reads nicely flipped around the app and made up words. It’s not a bad app, just don’t let your children know about Angry Birds and you will be all set.
If you don’t live in Newton, MA, use my list. It’s a great list. It also comes with great resources of websites to keep you learning, reading and having fun. Please see Capability Mom’s post on that! I have to hightail it to the library the next town over to get books for my kids!
So, today I used the iReward Chart (the free one is only good for 1 kid and I have 3 so I used the one you have to buy) to program in my goals, and next week we shall see how it goes. I was impressed by how easy it was to use and how the tasks and rewards are laid out in abundance yet there is the option also to add your own. I guess not everyone is making their kids do math this summer; it was not a menu item!
This book is a gem in that it speaks to kids but also to tweens. And strangely, it’s perfect for adults in a mid-life crisis. In short, it’s a story that gets better and better and you read it while growing long in tooth.
These Native American children’s books help to depict a portion of their story and I would urge you to share these stories with your children so that their stories are not lost and their rich history becomes mainstreamed. It was both an education and a great pleasure for me to find and read these stories include Abernaki, Iroquis, Mohawk, Lakota, Navajo, Cheyenne, Creek, Cherokee, Potowatami, and Sioux Native Americans.
When I think of picture books for toddlers and preschoolers that evoke summer, I think of the beach and the zoo because we always make a point to make at least one trip to each of these and more, if possible. But the power of books is the ability to transport readers to new experiences they would not necessarily including go back in time. These are some of my very favorite books. I hope you enjoy them.
At the school district I live in, I am told that the coolest kids in Middle School are the ones who are perceived as the smartest. Not the athletes. Not the beautiful crowd. This was not the Middle School that I attended. Now Bill and Melinda Gates are betting that, through the magic and $ of the Gates Foundation, they can teach kids that learning is cool! More power to them! This is how they are doing it:
This list is from the Young Adult Library Services Association. They took their 101 YA Books and narrowed it down to 10. This list is alphabetical order and includes fiction and non-fiction.
My preschooler had this experiment set up in his classroom but when my kids were visiting for Pancake Breakfast Day, they would not stop playing with this. It’s a great way to demonstrate the science of tornadoes AND use up some recyclables. And this would be a fun and stress-free activity for the the summer.