Archive for January, 2012

Best Graphic Novels for Readers, Reluctant or Otherwise (ages 3-16)

Best Graphic Novels for Kids

I learned the stories from the bible through comic books as a child. I attended the local Presbyterian church down the street of our old house which my parents sent me to because the neighbors went there. My mother grew up Buddhist and my father didn’t have much exposure to religion growing up in pre-Communist China. Nevertheless, they think that the bible is part of American culture and encouraged us all to attend Sunday School. Read more…

Positively Kids, Captain Positive, Be Happy CD, music for kids

Happy Music for Kids by Positively Kids

Music Teaches Power of Positive Thinking

Can kids learn positive thinking at an early age?  Can learning to be positive be an empowering skill for kids? This could be a powerful way to teach resilience. And if it’s as simple as fun music by way of a happy, snappy song, does it actually work? Read more…
Dumpling Days, Grace Lin, multicultural chapter books,

Grace Lin’s Dumpling Days: Delicious as Always!

Multicultural Chapter Books for Kids: Grace Lin’s Pacy Series

These days when we tell our kids that we are having Dim Sum for breakfast, a great cheer goes out. “Dim Sum, Yum Yum!” is chanted roundly throughout the house. A few years ago, this was not the case. My kids hated Dim Sum but we’d ignore their incessant complaining because my husband and I love it. Though my kids stick to a handful of items — steamed pork buns, rice noodles, shu mai dumplings, and mango jello — they will occasionally try something new. Last week, my middle daughter and I tried an herbal version of chicken feet (fyi, medicinal and tasting of ginseng). Read more…

Trade-First Subtraction, Trade first subtraction, carry subtraction iphone ipad app, math app for carry subtraction, http://PragmaticMom.com, Pragmatic Mom, PragmaticMom

Trade-First Subtraction App to Learn Carry Subtraction!

Carry Subtraction App Teaches Like a Tutor

I don’t personally know Esa Helttula, the creator of  Trade-First Subtraction and other great educational iPhone and iPad math apps, but I could kiss him!  He really gets what kids need help with in elementary school math.  The tricky things.  The things you must slow down and think about.  He must have been or currently is a teacher of some sort.  Clearly a kick-ass one!  I wish I had him teaching my kids math! Read more…

civil rights books for kids,

Top 10: Best Children’s Books On Civil Rights Movement

Civil Rights Chapter Books for Kids

How do you teach your child to stand up for what is right, especially if it’s dangerous? I don’t know the answer to that, but I suspect that it helps to have role models who have overcome hatred, death threats, jail time and violence to fight for a better world. Read more…

Mythology for Kids: D’Aulaires and The National Mythology Exam

Best Mythology Books for Kids

I am reposting on The National Mythology Exam because the Mom Friend who told me about this last year, also mentioned that NOW is the time to sign up if you are interested. DEADLINE IS TODAY!!  If your child wants to take the exam, you pay for shipping and handling ($15ish) and $3 per student and they send you a packet. Read more…

Inside Out and Back Again, chapter book, Newbery,

Top 10: Best Historical Fiction for Kids

Best Historical Fiction Books for Kids

Please give a warm welcome to my librarian/blogger extraordinaire/Mom Friend The Fourth Musketeer! She graciously agreed to guest post on her favorite Historical Fiction chapter books of 2011. I really, really wanted her list because she’s an expert in children’s and young adult historical fiction, and selfishly, I wanted this list for myself and my kids! We will work our way through it in 2012! Read more…

preschool, how to pick a preschool

How to: Pick a Preschool

Finding the Perfect Preschool

I was at a playdate today and I ended up ranting and raving about my frustrations with my cooperative preschool.  Don’t get me wrong, my child is having a wonderful experience, but a cooperative preschool is an entire family experience and my piece of it, a.k.a. “administrative position” has been rather annoying.  I could just be me.  I think that I tend to get annoyed as I exit a preschool, and this is my last year of preschool…EVER!  And, maybe I’m just jaded. Read more…

Fill in the Blank Thank You Notes

Easiest Thank You Notes for Kids

Sometimes the hardest part of a birthday  or present-receiving holiday is the thank you cards afterwards! We insist that our kids write thank you notes. Sometimes it’s the only way their relatives who don’t live nearby know that they’ve received their gifts! Read more…