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Top 10: Best Native American Middle School Books

Best Native American Chapter Books for Middle School

This is part 2 of the 3 part series on Top 10:  Best Native American Children’s Books by Debbie Reese.  She is the authority on this topic.  This list has her top picks for middle school chapter books. For her Top 10 list of Picture Books, please click here.   Read more…

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Learning Through Gaming from a 3rd Grade Teacher!

3rd Grade Learning Through Gaming Ideas

Ananth Pai is a third-grade über teacher at Parkview/Center Point Elementary school in Maplewood, Minnesota. He uses online games to teach and it’s a rousing success as measured by test results. Pai says that in a matter of four months, the class’s reading and math scores went from below average for third grade to mid-fourth-grade level. His site is here. Read more…

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Best Math Games to Add to 10

Adding to Ten Math Games

Adding to 10 is probably the most important addition fact set your child needs to know because it helps to break down longer addition sums by creating easy to add groups of ten.  In addition, your child can learn adding to nines by knowing the math facts to 10 and noticing that one of the numbers is one less.  So…if 6 +4 = 10, then 6 + 3 must be 9 because 3 is one less than 4. Read more…

Halloween Fake Fingers to Get Kids Reading

Reading Strategies: Halloween Fake Fingers as Word Pointers

Three Jewels in My Crown has such a great idea!  She uses those fake finger extensions that you can buy for Halloween costumes year round as word pointers while reading with her children!  Genius!  Plus you can also get double use if it’s part of a costume, maybe even yours! Read more…

DIY Multiplication Math Game: Busted

Multiplication Math Game to Make Yourself

Here is a math game for multiplication you can make yourself!  It’s a nice riff on flash cards.  It’s from Get Schooled After School. Read more…

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Top 10: Strong and Capable Princess Books for Girls (ages 2-16)

Best Non-Wimpy Princess Books for Girls

My two oldest children are girls and they went through that rite of passage:  Disney Princess.  We had Disney princess dress up clothes, Disney princess tea sets, Disney princess books — you name it, we had it.  My husband joked that the person at Disney who thought up combining the Princesses better be running the company by now (or at least, highly compensated) for the stroke of genius. Read more…

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Best Drawing Apps for Kids (ages 2-14)

Best Apps for Drawing That Kids Love

I didn’t have an iPad when my kids were in preschool so we completely missed this phase. My youngest had access to my iPhone and he played with the Grinch camera and made us and all his preschool friends into Grinch-like creatures after snapping their photo with my phone. Had I known that it was a precious moment in time, never to be duplicated, I would have saved those faces and emailed them to their moms if I were totally together. Read more…

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Easy 3rd Grade Book Club: Penderwicks at Point Mouette

Fun and Easy Outdoor 3rd Grade Book Club for Kids

We did a really fun book club using the third chapter book in the Newbery winner Penderwicks series. The only trick is to get the weather to cooperate. It was so easy: Read more…

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What to Expect When You’re Expecting … And an Argument for A Calm Pregnancy

Do Easy Pregnancies Make Easy Babies?

I remember when I was pregnant with my first child. I was in a “pregnancy bubble,” feeling like I was the first person ever to be pregnant. My mother-in-law who is Korean told me about an old wives tale back in the old country was that a calm pregnancy will result in a calm child. I was fairly content as work launching a new website for an online temp agency for accountants. It was another kind of bubble holed up in a conference room 8 hours a day with developers, project managers, and web designers. The pregnancy went smoothly but the marathon of sitting resulted in hemorrhoids. Read more…