Archive for March, 2011

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How To: Detect & Get Rid of Lice

How to Detect and Get Rid of Lice

I  have battled lice twice thus far.  Between my school’s PTO website, the summer camp nurse, and the web, I found a plethora of information both helpful and confusing.  Below is what I found to be successful in eradicating lice.  I hope this helps you in your battle against head lice. Read more…

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Buy Tulip Bulbs Discounted during Summer to Enjoy in Spring!

A little reminder:  now is when I hunt down cheap tulip bulbs and store them in my garage until November.  I get mine at The Christmas Tree Shop.  Buy them now.  Store until your garden dies down.  Then plant.  And enjoy tremendously next spring! Read more…

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Picture Book On Rescue Dog after Loss of Pet

Loss of Pet Books for Kids

I was at the library the other day trying to find books for a silly list of picture book featuring chickens (after my silly list of Top 10: Best Old Fashioned (or Not) Picture Books Featuring Spunky Ducks). I had a list of 6 books I was trying to find and struck out completely. That was a first for me and I was surprised to come up dry because my library who claims to have every book ever published. Read more…

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Why It’s Impossible to Predict Earthquakes

Earthquake Science for Kids

I am really enjoying this science (fiction-y at times) blog called io9: We Come From the Future. Given the massive quake in Japan, this might be a great time to talk about geological science including how earthquakes hapen and why we can’t predict them. I’ve excerpted it below but you can see the full post here. Read more…

Kids Caught in the Act … of READING!

Kids Caught Reading!

Yikes! I am almost out of pictures of kids reading! Can you please send me more?! Yes, you! The one reading at work! Yes, yes, yes, I am talking to you. You know, the one in the cute outfit! Thanks so much! Please send to pragmaticmom.com@gmail.com. Read more…

Best Picture Books That Teach Counting

Picture Books for Counting

I remember how much I enjoyed a counting book with a twist. I do completely believe in the power of picture books to teach math concepts but I do need a little something extra as I am reading the book for the tenth time. My own counting picture book library was not too robust so I trolled through a 4 foot stack of counting books to find these treasures.  I hope that you and your child enjoy them. What are your favorite counting books? Please leave a comment and I’ll keep adding to this list. Read more…

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Human Evolution Theories, Internet Safety & More

Stuff for Kids: Human Evolution, Internet Safety and More

Here are some interesting posts. The first is on new theories of Human Evolution based on new genetic evidence from science fiction-y blog io9: We Come From the Future. The second is on internet safety from on my favorite group author blogs on middle grade literature, From the Mixed Up Files of Middle Grade Authors. The third is research on how kids who write about their anxieties before taking a test actually do better. Read more…

How To: Teach Manners to Kids

Best Books for Kids on Good Manners

My husband grew up in a military family so good manners was a really big deal and he has beautiful manners. He’s not from the South, but he’s even got the Sir/Ma’am thing down. Manners are so important to him, or rather, bad manners are so offensive to him, that I refer to him as the Manners Nazi.

I, on the other hand, was raised by parents a generation older than my peer’s parents. My husband thinks I was raised by wolves. Naturally, responsibility for teaching our kids manners is all him. After he stayed home with our first, the outcome was so positive that I tried to emulate what he did. And, as our children have ventured off on independent play dates, sleepovers, and dinners at other people’s houses, it was clear to us how important instilling manners at a VERY YOUNG age is. It’s a gift that keeps on giving. Read more…

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RECALL: Dog Pig Ear Chews by Jones

Dog Pig Ear Recall: Salmonella Poses Risk to Humans and Dogs

Jones Natural Chews Co of Rockford, IL is recalling 2705 boxes of Pig Ears because it has the potential to be contaminated with SalmonellaSalmonella can affect animals and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products. Read more…