Archive for August, 2011

Jamaica Plain Library PJ Party Storytime!

Pajama Storytime for Kids Event near Boston

Come for a Pajama Storytime with Matilda and Maxwellat the Jamaica Plain Public Library! Dress in your pjs, eat some snacks, and hear the story of best friends Matilda and Maxwell, who have trouble falling asleep in their own beds. Meet the author, book signing, and question/answer period will follow. Read more…

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10 Tough Job Interview Questions

Questions for Job Interviews to Prepare For

I found this great article through a LinkedIn group but it’s actually from Forbes. I had been working on resumes lately for friends (I’m great at other people’s resumes from years of reading thousands of resumes from working in staffing but not so much for my own), and one of my mom friends who wants to return back to work after staying home for about a decade was grilled on question number 1. It seemed that her would be employer could not get over the fact that she was a stay-at-home mom who wanted to return back to work. Strange but true. Read more…

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Books for 4th Grade and 5th Grade

New Chapter Books for 4th and 5th Grade

This is a great list of chapter books from my library (Newton Free Library). If you are a member of the Minuteman Library System, you can click on the title of the book to reserve. Other lists include:

Great Reading List of New Books: Kindergarten and 1st Grade Read more…

U.S. lags world in math proficiency scores Pragmatic Mom PragmaticMom

How Smart are Americans?

How Do American Students Compare Worldwide?

The fears that the United States’ long term economic growth is endangered by its lack of highly educated populace is a well founded fear that Obama is sounding off. Yes, we stink at math. Here are relevant stats:

  • The 32 percent of U.S. students who achieved proficiency in math compares to 75 percent of students in Shanghai, 58 percent in Korea, and 56 percent in Finland.  Countries in which a majority – or near majority – of students performed at or above the proficiency level in math include Switzerland, Japan, Canada, and the Netherlands. Read more…
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Best Chapter Books from My 5th Grade Daughter

Best Chapter Books for 5th Grade Because They Are So Awesome

We lost power for 28 hours from Hurricane Irene yesterday even though by the time it reached Boston, Irene was just a tropical storm. 24+ hours without screens turns out to be a long time for me though my kids made out fine by taking the emergency lamp to the basement to pretend to camp out. By 10 p.m., I was pretty tired of the blackout was using my Color Nook as a light source while rereading David Senderis books. Read more…

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A Delightful Romantic Thriller for Moms

ChickLit Beach Read for Moms’ Book Club

Please meet my friend Karen Bergreen. She’s a multi-talented comedian, author, and ex-attorney (we won’t hold it against you). I met her in college. My freshman roommate Alicia roomed with her during the last two years of college. Because they were “quaded” which meant they lived in the Hinderlands only accessible by shuttle bus, bike, or very long walk (not recommended on a cold day), I felt like I never say Alicia as much as I wanted to. But because Alicia is good friends with Karen, by friendship proximity, I knew I would like Karen as well. And I did and I do. Read more…

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Just the Facts Ma’am: On Back-to-School, Education, and Salaries

Back to School Stats

This article is from The Washington Post (Back-to-school facts: $7 billion-plus in shopping and everything else) by . I just shortened it a tad. For those who are skimming, these are the facts that I found really interesting: Read more…

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Tea Party in a Book Teaches Inclusion

Alice in Wonderland as Anti-Bullying Tea Party Kit

My girls have always loved going to High Tea at a fancy hotel or restaurant. When we lived in California, we made a point to go with their grandmother. They never drank tea but usually lemonade was an option. Sometimes the finger sandwiches were too exotic for their taste, but they always loved the sweets:  scones slathered with clotted Devonshire cream and preserves, petit fours, and chocolate dipped strawberries. Afternoon tea is a charming outing that I wish was an American habit like the English. Read more…

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Learn to Multiply in 5 MINUTES!

Multiplication in an Easy Visual Way

My youngest is going into first grade and he loves math. I asked him if he wanted to learn to multiply in five minutes and he said, “Yes!” And so we started reading the Multiply and Divide with Sticks and Steps by Maureen Stearns which is a method of multiplication which is beautifully simple and visual. She also promises that this method takes just 5 minutes to learn! And it does too. In 5 minutes, your child will be multiplying! Read more…