Archive for September, 2011

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Best Books for Boy Readers, Reluctant or Otherwise (ages 7-14)

Great Books for Boys, Reluctant Readers or Otherwise

This post is getting too long (and crashing) so I splitting it into three parts:

Best Books for Boy Readers, Reluctant or Otherwise: Part 1 (Authors by Last Name A-L)

Best Books for Boy Readers, Reluctant or Otherwise: Part 2 (Authors by Last Name M-Z)

Best Books for Boy Readers, Reluctant or Otherwise: Part 3 (Non-Fiction) Read more…

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10 Things Teachers Really Want To Tell Parents

What Teachers Really Want to Say to Parents

My husband sent me this great article from CNN. It saddens me that teachers are bearing the brunt of negativity that bears resemblance to a Salem Witch Hunt because the U.S. education system is failing in the inner city. It’s not the teacher’s fault; the roots for the demise lay in No Child Left Behind but I digress. Read more…

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Top 10: Best Children’s Birthday Party Ideas

Most Popular Birthday Parties for Kids

I am in the throes of planning my son’s 7th birthday party And he took too long to decide so I wasn’t able to book the trampoline party on the day he wanted and at an acceptable time when the parents wouldn’t kill me for. The Sunday night slot from 5 to 7:30 pm was not going to be popular with the parents! So, he opted for the video/laser tag party which, luckily, was free. Now I just have to procure a Sonic the Hedgehog birthday cake. Read more…

Best Chapter Books for Newly Independent Readers (ages 6-9)

Best Books for 1st Grade and 2nd Grade (when kids start reading independently)

I find that there is a void for newly independent readers. You know, the readers that have graduated from Henry and Mudge and insist on chapter books, but not ready for Newbery Award books. While there are a plethora of chapter books, the quality of many series books is low with a repetitive and tiresome story line and limited vocabulary. Read more…

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Duct Tape Crafts for Kids: Bags, Purses & Swords

Duct Tape Crafts for Kids of All Ages

Who would have thunk it? That duct tape, tin foil, and copy paper could keep a group of kids quiet for hours. Those who know me can attest that I am not good with the arts and crafts though I admire those who are. I am more of the kind of person who provides the materials and says, “Have at it.” That is about the extent of my arts and crafts skills, unfortunately. Read more…

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Great Reading List for 2nd and 3rd Grade

New Chapter Books for 2nd Grade and 3rd Grade

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. 

Other lists include:

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

10 Things Autistic Children Wish You Knew

Ten Things You Should Know about Autism

I found this great summary by Autumn Rain Creations who summarized a book by Ellen Notbohm called Ten Things Every Child with Autism Wishes You Knew and I just shortened her summary.  But do go to her blog if you want more details.  Or check out the book at the library. Read more…

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Books for 5th Grade and 6th Grade

New Books for 5th Grade and 6th Grade

This great list is from my local library, the Newton Free Library. If you are part of the Minuteman Library System, just click on the title to reserve the book. These lists have a great mix of graphic novels, non-fiction, poems, fiction, audio books and more. I have more lists here: Read more…

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How To Drive Your Mom Crazy Every Morning!

How Do Your Kids Drive You Crazy in the Morning?

I’m glad this is not just me! Read more…