Archive for February, 2011

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90 Second Newbery Film Festival

Newbery Film Festival for Kids

I thought this would make for a fun book club for children or home school project. Or maybe just a fun project for a budding movie director. Your child can make a 90 second movie based on a Newbery book to enter this film festival. There’s plenty of time. The deadline is not until September 15, 2011. This would also be a fun summer project to do with friends! Read more…

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Top 5: Best Seek and Find Picture Books

Best Search and Find Books for Kids

Are Search and Find books the precursor to video/DSi/Wii/xBox/Nintendo games for little boys? Maybe … but I’ll take that any day over the screens! I have to say that I have never logged in so many hours searching for stuff in books until I had my third child and my only son. Coincidence? I think not. There is a gaming feature that never seems to bore my son from searching and finding stuff in books. This, however, does not seem to translate into searching and finding [lost] stuff in his room or in the house. Read more…

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Kids Caught in the Act … of READING

Ideas for Getting Kids to Read More

Thank you to everyone who sent in pictures! PLEASE keep them coming!!! You can email me at pragmaticmom.com (at) gmail (dot) com. This week I found some of these pictures on literacy sites that I read but my favorite one is from mom Sierra! This is just precious! Read more…

Sharon Creech Author Study

Mom and Daughter Author Study on Sharon Creech: We Agree to Disagree

My 5th grader is doing a Sharon Creech author study in class and she’s been reading and loving Ruby Holler and Heartbeat, and wants to read Chasing Redbird. We tend to agree on books that we like but it’s strange that we haven’t when it comes to Sharon Creech.  Don’t get me wrong; we both LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Sharon Creech, but we LOVE, LOVE, LOVE different chapter books. Read more…

ReadBoston Family Fundraiser

Boston Literacy Fundraiser

The Commonwealth Hotel in Boston is holding their second annual Bedtime Stories Pajama Party on February 25th, to help raise money for ReadBoston, a nonprofit children’s literacy organization founded by Mayor Thomas Menino back in 1995. Read more…

Top 15 Best Blogs for Moms

Great Blogs for Moms

I picked a handful blogs in different categories — interior design, children literature, and trans racial parenting — that I love and read regularly and then asked each blogger author to give me two of their favorite blogs and why they like them. Read more…

Top 10: Best Audio Books for Kids (Some are FREE!)

Great Free Audio Books for Kids

Ambling Books is a great site for audio books. If your child reads along with the audio playing, it’s a great way to improve his or her reading skills. Try this with a reluctant reader. This is their Top 10: Audio Books for Kids list. They also have free audio books. Read more…

The Navajo Code Talkers of WWII

Unsung Heroes of WWII: The Navajo Code Talkers

It wasn’t until I read Code Talker by Joseph Bruchac, a great author discovery I made last year, that I knew about the unsung Najavo heroes of WWII. I was only really cognizant of the 442nd Infantry Regiment made up of Japanese 2nd generation Americans because I’m half-Japanese; another group of unsung heroes of WWII with perhaps better P.R. Read more…

SAT Vocabulary for Kindergarten from Picture Book Cuddly Dudley

Picture Books that Build Vocabulary

I have all my posts on SAT Vocabulary Words for Kindergarteners here. Read more…