Archive for December, 2010

Top 10 Posts of the Year Pragmatic Mom PragmaticMom #10

Countdown to 2011: My #10 Post, Teach Kids Months of the Year with Easy Rhyme

Countdown of My Top Posts

#10 Post of the Year:  Teach Kids Months of the Year with Easy Rhyme, 603 page views.

I found this in my 2nd grader’s classroom.  Everyone knows the days of the week song (There are 7 days, There are 7 days, there are seeveen days in a week … Sunday, Monday; Tuesday,  Wednesday; Thursday, Friday; Saturday), but I do remember that it was challenging for my kids to learn the months of year, particularly in a foreign language.  However, I never guessed that this post would be so popular. Read more…

Countdown to 2011: My Top 10 Posts of 2010

Countdown of My Top Posts

As the year winds down, I wanted to repost my Top 10: Posts of the Year which I have selected on the basis of number of page views.  I will resume my weekly features starting the first of the new year:

Monday:  Caught in the Act … of READING! (And thank you to everyone who has sent me photos.  Yes, I still need more photos! Always!!!) Read more…

Kids Caught in the Act … of READING

Getting Kids Reading

Thank you for sending in photos GeekMomMama and the Boys, and There’s a Book.  I can’t do this weekly Monday feature with your help, so please keep the photos coming.  My email address is pragmaticmom.com@gmail.com. Read more…

Swordbird, 12 year old author, pragmatic mom, https://pragmaticmom.com

12-year-old author of fantasy chapter book

Swordbird by Nancy Yi Fan

Are authors born or can that story telling gift be developed?  I’m starting to think more and more that authors are born.  I suspect that stories pour out of their minds in an endless gush;  that they have a physical craving to put pen to paper (or type on a keyboard, as it were); and that they spend every waking moment thinking about things like setting, plot and character.  As I meet children’s book authors and hear their story, one thing is clear:  they all wrote exceptionally well as children.  Their gifts were apparent young in life.  We’re talking, ages 8 or 9.  Maybe that is not so different from star athletes that shine at a young age??! Read more…

Weekly Books for Kids Giveaway

Free Books for Kids

I think it was JacketFlap that started the Second Hand Saturday Book Giveaway and now I am hopping on their bandwagon with a New Weekly Feature to give away some of the great books that I have received but no longer need.  The books may have been too girly to be passed down to my son.  Or all my kids might outgrew the books.  Or simply, the book didn’t click with my kids. Read more…

Great Gifts for Kids Around $20 for Holidays or Birthdays

$20 Gifts for Kids

One of my mom friends asked for this category.  We just had two birthday parties so I was able to ask my kids what they liked the most from their stack of gifts.  I also periodically check Marshalls and T. J. Maxx for birthday party gifts to stock up my supply– hidden from the kids, of course!.  A great gift for girls is a blank or lined diary or fancy notepad and the Marshalls near my house seems to almost always have great ones for half-off which I like to give with a book (you know me, I love books!). Read more…

The Joyful Organizer, kids art work and organizing,

12 Ways to Get Organized Before the Holidays!

Getting Organized for the Holidays!

Every year you say you are going to do it. Get prepared before the holiday rush. And every year, you find yourself running around the mall at the last minute when you could be home wrapping gifts or baking cookies. It’s the perfect time of year to make your holiday fantasies come true. This year you can be watching holiday movies while everyone else you know is at the mall.

p.s. More organization posts:

Top 10: Tips to Organize Your Kids 

How To: Organize a Yard Sale

How to Organize Your Children’s Artwork

Easy Playroom Organization

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