Archive for September, 2011

How To: Get Reluctant Readers Who Can Decode Reading

When Good Readers Don’t Want to Read. Ever!

This is part 2 of a nice series from TWRCank.com — Resources for Teaching Online:  Think, Wonder, Reflect, Connect & Refine.  The entire article can be found by clicking here. Read more…

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Newbery Winners by Grade Appropriateness!

I remember when I handed my daughter The Tiger Rising by Kate DiCamillo when she was in third grade. We had just enjoyed Because of Winn Dixie together by the same author and The Tiger Rising seemed perfect from the quick cover once over. The chapter book was short, with biggish text inside.

A few days later, my daughter asks if she can please stop reading.

“Why?” I asked her.

“It’s too sad,” she replied.

I took the book from her and read the first few chapters. I was horrified to find out that this was a Grapes of Wrath level of sad kind of story. Not that this book isn’t wonderful or beautifully written but it was just too sad for an 8-year-old to bear.

After that I started reading ahead to screen all her books for her. And then I started this blog. I guess if I had this list, I wouldn’t be blogging!

I have added one asterisk to the books that I’ve read and liked it and two asterisks for books I read and loved.  I also think that you can go up a grade or even two for these books but I would not necessarily go down.

 

Newbery Books by Age Appropriateness

2013: The One and Only Ivan (Grade 3) **

2012: Dead End in Norvelt (Grade 5) *

2011: Moon Over Manifest (Grade 4) **

2010: When You Reach Me (Grade 5) **

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bilingual japanese books for kids

Bilingual Japanese Books for Kids

I am always delighted to help find books for kids. A young USAF family being reassigned from Japan sent me an email asking for book recommendations for Japanese themed and Japanese/English, bilingual books.  These are the books I’d recommend to keep the kids exposed to the Japanese language.

I just found out about Tuttle Publishing and they sent me the perfect book!

My First Book of Japanese Words: An ABC Rhyming Book by Michelle Haney Brown

This is a lovely picture book in ENGLISH but with Japanese words for each letter both in Hiragane and Kanji. There is also interesting tidbits of information about the Japanese culture that kids would enjoy. [picture book, ages 2 and up]

Japanese Themed Picture Books for Preschoolers

Here are more picture books with a reference to Japan.

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I also have a post on Top 10: Japanese American Books and Teach Me Tuesday: Japan

 

Japanese/English Bi-Lingual Folk Tale Picture Books

I happen to have these Japanese Folk Tale books that I found in a Japanese bookstore in Orange County when visiting my mom. They are lovely little books on famous Japanese folk tales and are bi-lingual.

These books are great and have Japanese vocabulary words throughout both books as well as cover the holidays and traditions of the Japanese people. I learned a lot from them!

Japanese Themed Easy Chapter Book

The Story of Yuriwaka: A Japanese Odyssey is a short chapter book which would be good for the older son.

 

 A Haiku Poetry Book
This picture book is a tranlation of Haiku poems by Issa, a Japanese poet born in 1763 on a farm in central Japan. He began writing haiku as a young child.
I found these books that also might be good:
Recommendations from Readers
How My Parents Learned to Eat by Ina R. Friedman, illustrated (gorgeously!) by Allen Say
Thank you to Rachel for this great recommendation! I have heard so much about this book but I don’t think I’ve read it yet! [picture book, ages 6-9]

To view any book more closely at Amazon, please click on image of book.
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Win $1000 of Cherokee Clothing

Win Back to School Clothes for Kids

With back-to-school right around the corner, Cozi, the No. 1 online and mobile family calendar and organization service is teaming with Target and Cherokee USA to give one lucky family $1,000 worth of Cherokee clothing and a smart phone. Read more…

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How To: Parent a Teenager

Parenting a Teenager Advice

My  husband sent me this article that his friend sent him.  Neither of us have teenagers yet but I guess my husband’s friend is also a repository of information.  And I did collect this tidbit at  a cocktail party from my neighbors with a teenage daughter:  drive your child to school in the morning  if s/he normally takes the bus.   S/he will appreciate the extra 15 minutes or so of sleep and will be in a good mood so will actually talk to you.  Taking your teenage daughter for a shopping and lunch outing is also the only time she gets a complete update on her daughter’s life.

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Best Books on Children’s Learning Disabilities (ADHD, ADD, Dyslexia)

Best Books on Learning Disabilities

This is a really helpful post from The Children’s Book Writer on books covering learning disabilities.  If you have any suggestions of other good books on this topic, please leave a comment.  Thank you! Read more…

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5 FREE Tech Tools for Back-to-School

Back to School Free Sites for Busy Moms

With back-to-school quickly approaching, all parents have two things on their minds; saving money and finding simple solutions to ease the transition into the busy school year ahead. Below is a list of the top five FREE tech tools to ensure success for back-to-school, whether you’re headed off to college or a parent whose child is entering kindergarten. Read more…

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Non-Drug Solution for ADHD

White Noise Works as Well as Drugs for ADHD

An interesting study that found children with ADHD could focus to the same degree as meds by using white noise.  Now the white noise was pretty noisy — the equivalent of a vacuum cleaner running.  It’s so noisy that it will not likely be used in the classroom at school!  Yet the implications are huge!  Meds versus White Noise.  Both work the same.  And the added bonus of white noise is that your house will be very clean! I have bolded and italicized the key points. Read more…