Archive for July, 2011

Big Al, picture books that build vocabulary

SAT Vocabulary Words for Kindergarten in Big Al

Big Words for Little Kids in Picture Books

The words for Week 12 are from the picture book, Big Al by Andrew Clements, illustrated by Yoshi. Read more…

best picture books with math concepts, best books for kids with math concepts, math and picture books

Best Picture Books That Teach Math Concepts

Great Picture Books with Math Concepts

My oldest child is a visual learner so combining picture books with math concepts was a great way for her to get an intuitive feel for math. Here’s some books we’ve enjoyed for both the math and the picture book.

Here are two more math books that use drawing to teach math, a fun concept! Read more…

best easy chapter books, best beginning chapter books, 2nd books for kids, 3rd grade books for kids

Top 10: Best Beginning Chapter Book Series (ages 6-9)

Easy Chapter Book Series for 2nd Grade and 3rd Grade

Dragons and aliens and dinosaurs, oh my!  And for girls, there are interesting, mischievous girls to meet, as well as cousins who are really sweet. This is a category of early chapter books, beginning chapter book — more advanced than Henry and Mudge but not ready for Newbery Award winners — that is sorely lacking in quality series.  I sought out a bunch of new early chapter book series to f ind more options and I’m happy to say that there are some new good ones!  I also “test drove” out my recommendations on my own kids and their play dates … and the verdict was positive. Ivy and Bean was a hit – twice over.  Cobble Street Cousins were a hit in my 2nd grader’s entire class, and Clementine, though slightly more advanced is well worth the effort.  Read on for the rest! Read more…

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Safest Sunscreen for Kids and Adults

Best and Safest Sunscreen

The FDA is coming out with new guidelines on sunscreen but the big news is that many ingredients used in sunscreens are associated with adverse health effects in animal studies including increased risk of skin cancers. Ironic, no? I searched around and found a list of sunscreens from reputable sources including Consumer Reports, Dagmar’s Momsense, and the Environmental Working Group’s 2011 Sunscreen study which is widely quoted. All images are linked to Amazon if you want to check out prices (prices so tend to vary on Amazon which is why I don’t list them). Read more…