Archive for October, 2010

Emotional Intelligence, Daniel Coleman, predictor for success,, Pragmatic Mom

Illinois Schools Teach Social and Emotional Skills

Importance of Teaching Social Emotional Skills at School

It makes sense to me that schools should teach social and emotional skills since research shows that emotional intelligence is the most accurate predictor for future success NOT IQ.  (For more on that, read Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Coleman).   The question is:  why aren’t more schools teaching it?  Oh yeah, I remember now.   It’s not on the test.  But I think this article makes a great case for why it should be on the curriculum! Read more…

Jumpstart’s Read for the Record

Read The Snowy Day to Set Record

Help set a record for Jumpstart and Pearson’s Read for the Record campaign by reading a favorite of mine, The Snowy Day, by Ezra Jack Keats on October 7.  If you pledge to read and register on their site, you are also eligible to win a gift card from American Eagle for $77 (plus they are able to count you in their campaign). Read more…

popmath, iPhone iPad iPod math app for kids, math facts fun game,, Pragmatic Mom

Top 6 Math Apps for Kids

Best Math Apps for Kids

I found this list of math apps from and I was surprised that I didn’t recognize any of these math apps!  You know me, I love math apps and I thought I hunted them all down but them seem to be coming out of the woodwork in great droves.  Perhaps this is the tip of the iceberg?  No matter!  Math apps, if your children will play them, are a match made in heaven by combining “fun” with “math.”  How great is that? When I feel like I know enough great math apps, I promise to create a Top 10:  Best Math Apps list of my own.  For now, I’m still searching. Read more…

best parenting books for raising boys

Top 10: Books for Parents of Boys

I will confess that I’ve never read a gender specific parenting book.  My older two are girls and my husband and I are dreading the pre-teen (now!) and teenage years.  The warnings abound of what is to come from parents of older girls and this might drive me to pick up a book on parenting pre-teen or teenager girls.

My little boy, on the other hand, is at the stage where he loves his mommy the most and is as sweet as can be.  I wish this phase could last forever.  Parenting a boy compared to girls seems relatively straightforward — a straight line of screen time limits and outdoor play versus the wiggly line for girls of pissy attitudes and struggles over what to wear.  Or could this just be that my son is still little?! Read more…

Favorite Books for Reluctant Readers Grades 3-8

Best Books for Kids Who Don’t Like to Read

At our school’s curriculum night, I always tell parents that my number one goal is to help their child love to read so that he or she will become a life-long reader.  For some students, this goal has already been met — the children come to me with a love of literature.  For others, it is more difficult.  This can be for a multitude of reasons.  Maybe the child is still learning to read and has not built up the reading skill or endurance needed to focus on the content of the book versus the process of reading.  Maybe the child has not found the right kind of books for him or her – maybe they are trying to read books that are too long or that they don’t have the necessary background knowledge for.  Whatever the reason, it is my job to push, challenge and empower those children to become book lovers. Read more…

MathABC, free online math practice, grades 1-6,, Pragmaticmom, Pragmatic Mom, best math blog for elementary school students, best education blog

Free Website for Math Facts Grades 1-6

Free Math Facts Website for Kids

Someone suggested this site to me,  MathABC:  Free Online Math Practice for Grades 1-6.  Mark Sanders, the founder, says that he is in the process of adding hundreds more exercises but I have to say that what is up now is pretty great!  And did I mention that it’s FREE?!!  Some of the problems are fill in the blank and some are multiple choice.  The layout is very simple and easy to use.  It’s great for children! Read more…

biofeedback effective treatment for adhd autism?, New York Times article on biofeedback,, Pragmatic Mom

Does Neurofeedback Work to Treat Autism, ADHD?

Neurofeedback as Treatment for Autism and ADHD

This is not a proven technique by any means.  Here is the full article by Katherine Ellison of the New York Times, Neurofeedback Gains Popularity and Lab Attention.  Has anyone tried this as a treatment for Autism or ADHD?  What do you think of this? Read more…

Josh Nakazawa, child cello prodigy, gifted children as likely to fail in life,, Pragmatic Mom

Gifted Children Just as Likely to Fail Life

Are Gifted Kids More Successful in Life? No!

I told a reader that I’d post this article and just happened upon it again after failing to locate through several Google searches. Are exceptionally talented kids more likely to succeed in life?  Are the cards dealt early?  This article says otherwise and it does make sense:  the first child to walk is not necessarily winning gold medals at the Olympics.  Early readers are not the highest scoring children in literacy at elementary school.  It turns out, according to this article at least, that the future  success of exceptionally talented kids is highly dependent on good parenting — not the pushy kind. Read more…

How To Set Up a Blog for Your Child

Kids and Blogging

My oldest has been begging me to blog on my blog which is funny because she normally finds my blogging to be annoying.  Today Mashable had this really great article on helping kids create their own blog.  Caveat:  if you do this, your kids will then be your technical support because we all realize that kids will be better at the tech stuff than we parents.  I am going to help her, but this will require us to get another computer! Read more…