Archive for May, 2011

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Kids Caught in the Act … of READING!

Kids Caught Reading!

Thank you to everyone who sent in photos of their darlings reading! I really appreciate it and always need more photos (please email PragmaticMom.com@gmail.com)! This week’s photos struck me how much these parents use great reading strategies to get their children to read (and to really love reading). Notice reader Jessyca who uses the thrill of a new magazine to get her kids excited to read. Read more…

Exciting Science Ideas for Kids: Science Project Ideas!

Science Project Ideas for Kids: Atlantis, Mermaids, Outer Space Mysteries

Both of these ideas come from a cool sci-fi science-y blog that I read called io9: We Come From the Future. And then I read an article from Education Week on how effective “informal science education” is. You know, like taking your kids to the zoo, signing them up for legos or robotics class, or a mad science after school club where girls can make their own lip gloss. Because the thing is, science is about discovery and, in the real world, through a series of trial and error, mostly error. Science is much less about memorizing mind-numbing factoids or cranking out problem sets which is, sadly enough, what it seems to be in school. Read more…

best baseball chapter books for kids

Top 10: Best Baseball Chapter Books (ages 7-16)

Best Baseball Books for Kids

These books are from a Mom Blogger friend at CoffeeShopBloggers whose daughter is a sports fanatic and these were her favorite baseball books.  These books are appropriate for grades 3-5th.   The “…and Me” novels, also known as, the Baseball Card Adventures are fun because the child in the story travels back in time to meet a baseball legend.

I suspect that any little leaguer who might not love to read will enjoy these books! It might even inspire them to look at baseball equipment from Homerun Monkey and start playing baseball immediately. But I actually hope to get them reading! Read more…

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Sandals as Comfortable as Flip Flops

Best Sandals Based on Comfort for Moms

I grew up in a Southern California beach town, so you’d think that I’d have known about Sanuk for a while. Well … actually no. There are nary a surf shop near where I live but luckily my sister and her family came to visit last summer and she lives near the beach and a myriad of surf shops. She had a pair and she made me try them on (the pair above and now I own it too!). It was sooo much more cushiony than Reef flip-flops which I normally wear plus these were cuter. Sanuk is also ecologically friendly and are made of recycled yoga mats. Read more…

Good Night Gorilla, best picture books, books for kids, hidden things to find

Top 10: Secret Hidden Things in Picture Books

Goodnight Moon Secret Things to Spot

This list was challenging for me to put together. The first six were easy but then the digging got hard. Did you know that Goodnight Moon has a little white mouse hidden on the full page color illustrations? OK, it took me a while to learn about that. Read more…

Karen Day, A Million Miles from Boston, similar to Penderwicks

Top 10: Eerie Similarities of Newest Penderwicks and Karen Day Book

Penderwicks Series and Book Just Like It!

It might have been a sheer coincidence (cue Twilight Zone music below!), but I was reading the newest Penderwicks book(The Penderwicks at Point Mouette by Jeanne Birdsall) with my middle child and the newest book from Karen Day (A Million Miles from Boston) with my oldest simultaneously and I was struck by the myriad of similarities between both books AND YET the books are so different AND written at the same time. Coincidence? Maybe, or perhaps there is a more cosmic messages afoot?! Let’s investigate! Read more…

Top 10 Starting School Books: Kindergarten & Preschool

Starting Kindergarten and Preschool Books

A reader asked me to help her round out her list of books for incoming Preschoolers.  I searched, and there are not tons of them.  I decided to combine this with entering Kindergarten because in September, my youngest child will start Kindergarten. I feel that you can use the books somewhat interchangeably and that books that your child enjoys will be a more important factor than whether the book aligns exactly with his or her school entry point. Read more…

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Best Books for Kids that Introduce New Baby to Siblings

Now I have to give a disclaimer: I clearly have not gotten this right because my middle daughter still asks why we thought having a third child was a good idea. She thinks that we should have stopped while we were ahead. Read more…

Explode the Code, best phonics workbooks, teaching kids to read,

Best Phonics Workbooks and Reading Strategies

Best Phonics Workbooks to Help Your Child Read

There’s nothing like feeling like your child is falling behind to prompt a Pragmatic Mom to scramble for supplemental materials to catch her darling up.  Whether you feel your child is begging for phonics or that your child needs a little boost to be where they should be, these phonics materials really work and come recommended by three mom friends who were also teachers. Read more…