Archive for November, 2010

Simple Ways to Make Reading Fun for Your Child

Make Reading Enjoyable for Kids

Reading is essential to the intellectual growth of a child. Study upon study has linked early reading habits with admittance to college and future success, and not only that, but reading is fun. A good story transports the reader to other times and places and stimulates thought and the creation of new perspectives. But it can be hard to instill a similar love of reading in your child for various reasons. Reading is hard at first, and it requires more work than watching TV or playing video games. Plus, it does not offer the instant gratification of time in front of a screen and is not always viewed as “cool” by your child or their peers. Read more…

SAT words vocabulary for Kindergarten Kindergarteners, http://PragmaticMom.com, Pragmatic Mom

SAT Words for Kindergarteners from Picture Book Dear Juno

Picture Books that Build Vocabulary in Kindergarten

Not everyone believes that Kindergarten should be an academic experience and hence the spate of articles that I have posted on lately (see Has Kindergarten Changed or Are Kids Smarter? and Recess Essential to Kindergartener Development).  This raging debate is never more apparent than at my own elementary school where we have 2.5 Kindergarten classrooms. ( The half you ask? We have a combined K/1st grade — a class combination born of shrinking school budgets rather than academic optimization. )  The two Kindergarten only teachers have been at the school for a long time and work beautifully together but they each represent the spectrum of Kindergarten philosophies:  Kindergarten as play/learning the norms of behavior for school versus Kindergarten preparing children for academics. Read more…

Ladybug Picture Book Award

Best Picture Books Voted by Kids

In November 2010, New Hampshire children from preschoolers to third grader will be invited to vote for the winner of the 2010 Ladybug Picture Book Award. Voting materials, including a picture ballot and tally sheets will be available on this website in June.  What an exciting way to teach very young children about great picture books AND that your opinion makes a difference.  I wish I lived in New Hampshire so my kids could vote!!! Read more…

Caught in the Act ... Of Reading, PragmaticMom, http://PragmaticMom.com

Kids Caught in the Act … Of READING!

Kids and Reading: How to Make It Fun

This is from Jill of MomsGoneGlobal.com:  “I will send you a recent photo I took of my six-year-old reading Magic Treehouse: Haunted Castle on Hallows Eve. He had just returned home from school wearing a cute Halloween hat which he had crafted in art class. When he saw that I had purchased the book for him, he grabbed it and dove onto the couch to devour it. He looked so cute in his hat, that I had to sneak a photo of him. To my surprise, the click of the camera did not disturb him. It must have been an excellent read because he stayed there and finished the entire book within the hour.” Read more…

lessons from the dog park applied to my blog, http://PragmaticMom.com, Pragmatic Mom

Lessons From the Dog Park Applied to My Blog … Changes A Comin’

Blogging is Just Like the Dog Park

It’s been nearly a year since I started my blog and as good a time as any to reflect and learn from this year of “drinking from a fire hydrant.”  I started my blog with a few goals in mind:

  • Learn about social media
  • Read a lot of children’s literature
  • Create a marketable brand Read more…
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Mad Libs-Like Poem: What’s a Noun?

What’s a Noun? Learn with Mad Libs Poem!

What’s A Noun?

A Person, Place or Thing.

Author:  not sure but I suspect it’s a teacher at my elementary school.  I found this poem hanging up in the school hallway! Read more…