Archive for August, 2011

Our Favorite ABC Books for Kids

Learning ABCs with ABC Picture Books

I found that a great way to learn letters was to play games with magnetic letters.  I deconstructed various toys to create an “alphabet game” using squishy magnetic letters (but any magnetic letters in the shape of the letters will do) and a magnetic fishing pole.  My son (about 12 months old at the time) would fish letters out of a bucket and stick them on a magnetic board.  If he got them wrong, I’d find the correct letter and put up next to the letter.  We’d talk about how is it the same and how is it different.  Read more…

children and personality, child's personality set by first grade,

Personality Traits Set by First Grade!

Personality: Nurture or Nature?

My Mom Friend sent me this story today.  I had heard that a child’s personality locks down around 3 so I was glad to see that this study gave me a few more years to mold my kids.   Well, actually, it’s too late for my older two but I have another year for my youngest. That reminds me to wrestle away my iPhone/iPad/DSi/TV/computer from his hands.  I’m running out of “influence” time! Read more…

LZ Granderson Why I'm Raising My son to be a Nerd CNN PragmaticMom Pragmatic Mom

Why Nerds are Better than Jocks!

Nerds versus Jocks: Who Wins in Life?

 Jocks go on to play for your favorite team but nerds go on to own the teams those jocks play for. 
–LZ Granderson Read more…

Newbery Award Winners from 1922-2012

Newbery Winners

This is from An Unconventional Librarian who cribbed it from Lois Lowry’s web page.  I just added the winners from 2006-2010 which were not on the list.  Here is the link to ALSC/ Newbery Winner  plus Honor Book Winners for a more comprehensive list of chapter books. Read more…

books for kids, chapter books, best books for kids, diversity,

Books for Kids That Teach Compassion and Tolerance

Best Books for Kids That Teach Tolerance

The Simon Wiesenthal Center and Museum of Tolerance Library and Archives is proud to announce the winners of the Once Upon a World Children’s Book Award for 2011. It selects two books a year to honor. Read more…

Yoga Demystified

Different Styles of Yoga Explained

I started Vinyasa yoga about three years ago with my friend, Yoga Mom,  from my first preschool.  It’s definitely intimidating to walk into a yoga class as a newbie without a friend!  She went on to become a yoga teacher and I now take her classes but when she takes a break, I go to this other yoga studio that I love and it is here that I met Om Gal (a.k.a. Rebecca).   She was a substitute for a class whose usual instructor was also one of Yoga Mom’s mentors.  Small world! Read more…

New Easier CPR Method: Continuous Chest Compression

What is Continuous Chest Compression CPR?

My husband sent me this information that he got from my mom on a new and easier-but-still-effective CPR method.  We usually get a babysitter once a year and take an infant CPR class together at our Children’s Hospital.  Since our kids have stopped putting choking hazards  in their mouths, we haven’t taken a class in a few years (ok, maybe closer to 6 years).

This technique for CPR is simple and easy (no mouth to mouth or clearing of airway for example).  It’s a technique that is especially effective for saving an adult who is having cardiac arrest.  It’s worth the 5 minutes to view it on YouTube and you won’t need a babysitter to learn this! Read more…

Caught in the act of reading PragmaticMom

Caught in the Act … of READING!

Kids Caught in the Act of Reading!

Yikes!! I am almost out of photos! Thank you to friends and readers for submitting the photos for this week’s Caught in the Act … of READING! Please send more! It’s great to see kids enjoying reading at home or out and about. Read more…

NetDegree, online education disruptor paradigm shift in education models PragmaticMom Pragmatic Mom Education Matters

Online Education: A Big Disruptor in Education?

Will Online Education Change Higher Ed Forever?

I wrestle with my son daily to keep him off screens. This morning as he was getting changed for day camp, he played a game on his DSi while pulling on his pants. At breakfast hurriedly eating toast, he also managed to simultaneously watch 10 minutes of an old Power Rangers show on the iMac using either Hulu or YouTube. After we drop off his sisters at their bus pick up, we have 30 minutes to kill before his drop off. He uses my iPhone to pass the time and he’s not playing educational math games unless I yell at him. Read more…