I do love those old fashioned books; you know, the ones where no one fights at all EVER. Siblings get along beautifully, parents never get divorced, and there’s always a happy ending. In fact, there is so little conflict, there isn’t much plot. It’s more like a series of short vignettes of what life was like back then. Was life that simple and conflict free back then? I doubt it, but I do love reading about it with my kids.
What do you think is the reason why boys don’t read as much? Do you think YA (Young Adult) books skew overwhelmingly to girls? What YA books would you recommend for boys?
Thank you to Capability:Mom for sending me this video from The Wall Street Journal on Remedies for Getting Rid of Head Lice. I have my own take on lice after two stints and I have posted on it here.
For those interested in Ancient Greek Civilization, Greek Mythology or just plain old Percy Jackson fans, check out this post from ColourLovers that depicts ancient Greek sculpture and how they really looked based on scientific research…
This is what preschool teaches: “how to resolve conflicts, how to share, how to negotiate, how to talk things out. These are skills that they need to make it through a day of preschool now. And they are skills they will need to make it through a day of work when they’re 30.” And for children who don’t attend preschool, these skills become more difficult to learn as they grow older with alarming results. Preschool, it turns out, is the best job training program there is according to research by Nobel winning economist James Heckman.
I was asked to join a blog tour for Egypt: The Uprising, Battle for Ma’at by Amira Aly. When I learned the book was about ancient Egypt and was an adventure series, I was hooked. My going-int0-6th grader and I are huge Rick Riordan fans and love his Percy Jackson series and his Kane Chronicles series (The Red Pyramid, and The Throne of Fire). What is fascinating about Battle for Ma’at author Amira Aly is that she lives and writes in Egypt. An insider, so to speak. And her book does have nuances of Egyptian mythology that make Riordan’s Kane Chronicles seem like it just skims the surface. But I don’t mind. I love both these series. I would say that Aly’s series reads as slightly older — middle school and up, while Riordan’s books are wonderful in that they span a huge age range from 3rd grade through 8th grade. Let’s get started with the Top 10 Similarities!
The new school year is already upon us, and that means big changes to the family routine and lots of new things on your to-do list. Kati Chevaux, organizational expert and editor at Cozi.com, the No. 1 online and mobile family calendar, recommends breaking down back-to-school preparation into simple daily tasks to keep it manageable. To help, she’screated a one-a-day checklist for the crucial week before school begins.
Thank you to Capability:Mom for sending me this great article from the New York Times. It’s chock full of resources to take advantage of our U.S. Debt Crisis as a teachable moment for your children. Someone should be learning something valuable during this crisis and I’m not betting on our politicians!
NRF President and CEO, Matthew Shay, says “… families aren’t opposed to spending on what they need, but want their children to take a good look at what they already have… retailers understand consumers are extremely focused on value… “