Clementine by Sara Pennypacker is a hit with 2-4th graders. Clementine is a third grader with a big heart and and even bigger imagination.
This is a great reading list from the Newton Free Library system. If you are part of the Minutemen library system, just click on link of book title to reserve.
Dr. Michele Borba reached out to me and offered to be a guest author on How Families are Paying for College and gave some excellent advice on paying for college. One savings plan that she did not mention that I do for my kids is the 529B savings plan which allows the money that you save to grow in a tax advantaged way.
These are the book recommended by my library. It skews a little young so you can use this for Going into 3rd grade if your child loves to read. This list is from my public library (Newton Free Library) and the books are newly published this year. There is a nice mix of easy chapter books, chapter books, non-fiction, mysteries, folk tales, poetry, magazines and audio books. The range of topics also should appeal to even hard to please reluctant readers.
Why Andy Rooney values women over 40.
Seriously, I know that these books are on opposite ends of the spectrum, but hear me out please. They both ultimately seek the same thing; they just go at it (hard!) in very different ways. Amy ‘s parenting style is based on fear but the root of her happiness comes from her children’s accomplishments. Gretchen’s parenting style is based on harmony and her happiness is a choice that she consciously chooses for herself. She believes that her children’s happiness is a derivative product of her own happiness.
I found this great article on CNN.com and I’m afraid that while I don’t say all of these 9 things, the two I do say (#1 and #8), I say frequently. So, as penance, I am posting on this to remind myself to stop it! If you need to know the rationale of why these 9 Things are no-nos, the full article is here and there is extensive explanation for each one. Actually, I say #9 too. I am such a bad parent!
What I really like about these backpacks from Schoolbags for Kids is that for every tote you buy from the newly launched company, the founders donate a pack full of school supplies to a child in Belize, India, or Thailand. My kids love the idea of helping others and it’s nice that they can do it simply by the choice of their backpacks because donating their hair which is also what they like to do takes two years.
There’s a glamour to Florida set back back in time that rivals Hollywood in California and maybe that is why these talented children’s book authors firmly set their books here. To be sure, some are from Florida and/or from the South and seem to know every nook and cranny of their small towns. But even more interesting are the characters they create; characters who have lived hard and stoic lives but never really told their stories to anyone, except now, in these books.
There must be something in the waters of Florida that makes almost all these books award winning, from Newbery to National Book Awards. And I feel strongly that the books on this list that don’t have a special sticker on the cover are all deserving of one!!