Archive for February, 2011

mythology chapter book series for girls, The Goddess Girls,

Easy Chapter Book Mythology Series for Girls

Easy Greek Mythology Chapter Books for Girls

My 5th grade daughter took great exception to this book series because the mythology is slightly inaccurate. She fumes that Athena didn’t live with humans, nor was she even a preteen. The “brainstorms” in which the gods’ ideas rained down on earth also bugged her. In fact, this book so annoyed her that she told me not to blog on it or to let her younger sister read it. “She’ll hate it,” she warned. Read more…

Adele Emerson Chris Chu AIA caught in the act of reading pragmatic mom

Kids Caught in the Act … of READING!

Getting Kids Reading More

Sent in by Chris Chu, the architect for This Old House’s Auburndale project. There are these gorgeous photos by Adele Enersen that have been going around through email. They are amazing and so creative.  Adele is a computer specialist from Finland. Read more…

chapter book video trailers, 11 birthdays video trailer, video previews on chapter books

Book Trailers … to entice kids to read

Chapter Book Trailers by School Librarians

This is  a really cool way to chose a chapter book for your child. Play the chapter book video trailer … yes, just like a movie trailer but on a quality children’s chapter book! The list is extensive! This is great for reluctant readers! Many of these videos were made by teachers. Read more…

How to Talk to an Autistic Kid

How to Talk to an Autistic Kid by Daniel Stafanski (an autistic kid)

Read more…

best chapter books for kids, best books for 4th grade, 4th grade reading list, 5th grade reading list

Best Books for Grades 3-5, Recommended by Kids

Best Books for Kids in Third Grade Through Fifth Grade (by kids)

My 4th grader helped to compile this list of favorite books she recommends for 3-5th graders. I have also vetted this list for content. I feel that some topics such as death, cruelty, poverty, when dealt with a heavy hand are best suited for when kids are a little older, say Middle School. These books, even though they cover these heavy topics, are still uplifting. Read more…

Award Winning Children’s Books 2011

Caldecott, Newbery Children’s Book Winners and More

What is great about these award winning books is that many are discounted at Amazon now. It was also fun to read posts by experts A Fuse #8 Production and Amanda Stuckmeyer, a former Newbery judge, predicting winners for many of these awards. And they were dead on. The Newbery winner was the biggest surprise for me as I’d never heard of the book or author nor did it pop up in any mock Newbery contests. I’m excited to chase down these books and read them. I love it when good books are screened for me, keeps the riff raff out of my house! What books have you read and what books from this list are on your list to read, either for yourself or your child? Read more…

best asian easy reader, grace lin, pragmaticmom.com Ling and Ting Not Exactly the Same Grace Lin Asian American voice pragmatic mom

Asian in America (Amy Chua, new Asian KidLit, dumpling recipe!)

Asian in America and Tiger Mom Amy Chua’s Influence

There is no doubt that Amy Chua’s “Tiger Mom” book sparked a reaction fanned, no doubt, by the incendiary article by the Wall Street Journal. I read somewhere that when people bother you, it’s because they reflect something inside yourself that you are trying to suppress. They are a foil into your own “dark side.” So it’s not surprising that an extreme parenting style that produces a child that appears to be obedient, talented, and smart is an end result we all to achieve. Read more…

math state test scores low compared to rest of world pragmatic mom pragmaticmom teaching math to the gifted

How is Your State Testing in Math?

USA Not Testing High in Math

How important is it to teach math to the gifted? I received this article from my husband who received it from our School Committee neighbor in Newton. The stats are alarming … for the U. S. with its emphasis on leaving no child behind is not doing a good job at the gifted in math and the result will be a loss of human capital which does not bode well. Read more…