Archive for November, 2011

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Best Science Apps for Kids (ages 4-21)

Best Apps with Science Concepts for Kids

I am starting to buy into this idea of teaching and really connecting material through games and apps. I was sort of on board with this concept, but since playing around with The Elements (a Harry Potter version of the Periodic Table) that my brother-in-law turned me on to, I am now a believer as I saw, with my own eyes, how captivated my kids were with the Periodic Table, an otherwise dull chart. Since my recollection of Organic Chemistry is quite scant, I really appreciate how I don’t actually have to do much except show my kids where the content is located to get them to read up on the elements. Read more…

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Best Educational Toys: Golden Apple Toy Awards

Best Fun and Educational Toys for Kids!

My brother-in-law turned me on to the Golden Apple Toy Awards, from GreatSchools:

“GreatSchools’ inaugural Golden Apple Awards offers you a list of smart, kid-tested toys that inspire real learning for every age. Out of 23 companies’ toy submissions, we chose the most promising products for testing by families with children in the target age groups. GreatSchools staff of educational and parent experts then evaluated the products for functionality, design, safety, and learning potential, incorporating the opinions of the test families.” Read more…

Catching Fire, Suzanne Collins, book 2 of the hunger games, http://PragmaticMom.com, PragmaticMom

Top 10: Best Young Adult Books

Best Books for Teens: YA Books

When I was at KidLitCon 2010 (a blogging conference for those who are passionate about children’s literature thus including children’s librarians, teachers, moms –ok, I was the sole mom blogger, authors and publishing houses) a couple of weeks ago, I noticed that most of  the authors there were either MG (Middle Grade) or YA (Young Adult).  After hearing so much news on  the death of picture books, I thought to myself, ” Isn’t this strange how picture books sales are plummeting but Young Adult books are on the rise?”  So when waiting in the long lunch line, I asked those around me who turned out to all be Young Adult authors why this was the case.  The answer:  adults.  Adults are reading YA books on droves.  Think Twilight series. Read more…

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The Middle School Reluctant Reader

Middle School Kids Who Hate to Read and What to Do

This is from a really great group blog of middle grade authors called From the Mixed Up Files of Middle Grade Authors:

“In her article “Choosing Not To Read” Kylene Beers, Professor of Reading at the University of Houston breaks reluctant readers into four distinct groups: Dormant Readers, Uncommitted Readers, Unmotivated Readers and Unskilled Readers and contrasts them with the Avid Reader.  Let’s take a look at these five groups of readers. Read more…

SAT words in picture books, Stellaluna

SAT Vocabulary Words for Kindergarteners in Stellaluna

Picture Books that Build Vocabulary

The words for Week 14 are from the picture book, Stellaluna by Janell Cannon, a beloved classic! Read more…