Archive for July, 2011

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Tween/Teen Parenting: 5 Things To Ask The Pediatrician

Parenting Teens: What to Ask the Pediatrician

I got an email from Dr. Trachtenberg’s publicist with this information.  At first I was skeptical … what are they sending me?!  But then I read it very carefully and it’s great information.  So, thank you Dr. Trachtenberg! Read more…

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Gadget to Keep Kids From Falling Out Windows

Window Safety Gadget

Thank goodness the heat wave has passed here in New England. With a heat index of over 110 degrees this past week, the heat was unbearable and the air stifling. It seems we New Englanders always have our windows closed between the bitter cold and the sweltering heat. Finally, some respite this week. I have kept the windows open throughout the house today to air it out and that reminded me of the nice people at Andersen Windows who offered to do a giveaway for a window gadget that keeps kids from falling out and hurting themselves. Read more…

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Top 10: Best South Asian American Children’s Books (ages 2-14)

I don’t know a lot about Southeast Asian American children’s literature so this was fun list to research and it was fun to hunt down books I had heard about but haven’t read in a while as well as discover a few really great authors that are new to me. I asked a Mom Friend at a birthday party — we were both waiting in the car for 2+ hours while our kids jumped on gigantic trampolines — since she’s East Asian what East Asian KidLit was in her bookshelves. She said there wasn’t a lot available and it’s true. These books are fantastic but under the radar. It turns out that she’s an expert on immigration particularly refugee immigration to the United States. I only knew her as my child’s friend’s mother/room parent for 3rd grade. Read more…

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Wonderful Comprehensive Pop Up Mythology Book: Encyclopedia Mythologica (for ages 5-15)

Mythology Pop Up Book for Kids

I knew my going-int0-5th grader would LOVE this book even though it is not a chapter book so when she complained about not having anything to read, I quickly ordered this online. When it came, she snatched it up, disappeared for a few hours and then thanked me for it. She did love it! Read more…

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New Picture Books Reviews

New Picture Book Reviews by Mom and 3 Kids

I’m been asking for and getting a small pile of books these days and haven’t been posting on them. I was at a loss about how to present them … individual book reviews? But there are lots of bloggers who do that. Do you readers really need or want more? I had been putting them on [wacky] themed lists but not all the books fit on an existing list and creating a new list per book is crazy time-consuming. But I like the idea of putting a new book in the context of other well-known and really great books. A review by itself is difficult to decipher into “my kid likes X so he or she will love Y.” Sorry, no more math. Read more…

5 Strategies to Motivate Your Struggling Reader

Strategies for Helping Struggling Readers to Read

This is from Imagine Learning who turned to Ann Lodgson, a school psychologist who specializes in helping parents and teachers help struggling students.   I especially like her idea of using your TV’s closed caption option; how easy yet brilliant is that?  I also noticed that even cartoons have decent vocabulary because I catch my 5-year-old using phrases or words that sound sophisticated.  Then I’d ask him how he knew the word or phrase and he’d name the cartoon.  Click here for entire article. Read more…

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The Lost Boys and Girls of Sudan: Book Club for Kids

Lost Boys of Sudan Book Club for Kids

Who Are The Lost Boys of Sudan?

“The Lost Boys of Sudan are more than 27,000 boys of the Nuer and Dinka ethnic groups who were displaced and/or orphaned during the Second Sudanese Civil War (1983–2005, about 2 million killed). The survivors, about 3800 Lost Boys arrived in the United States in 2001, where they are now scattered in about 38 cities. Read more…

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Best Easy Readers: Geisel Award (aka Dr. Seuss)

The Geisel Award is given annually to the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished American book for beginning readers published in English in the United States during the preceding year.  It was founded in 2004 and the first award year was 2006, so it’s a fairly new award. That’s great because it’s a list that is actually plausible to work through!

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How To: Hold a Successful Yard Sale

What You Need to Know Before Having a Yard Sale

I found a great snippet on This Old House Magazine and wanted to add their pearls of wisdom. They stress the importance of titling your event wisely. ESTATE SALE or MOVING SALE will draw a bigger crowd than Yard Sale. Of course! This is just good marketing! Read more…