Archive for March, 2012

Smiley Book of Colors, picture book of smiley faces found in everyday objects, Pragmatic Mom

The Smiley Book of Colors. Picture Book GIVEAWAY!

Picture Book of Smiles in Unexpected Places

This book makes me smile. I can attest that it appeals to older kids because my 6th grader snagged it when it arrived and asked to keep it.

The Smiley Book of Colors by Ruth Kaiser is a clever picture book that captures smiley faces in everyday objects. It also teaches colors. An upside red purse is really a smiley face! Can you see it? What I love about it is that it also teaches kids to see, REALLY see, like an artist. Is there a smiley face lurking about? Probably! You just have to see it. Read more…

The Final Four, Paul Volponi, middle grade chapter book, chapter book, YA, basketball chapter book, books for boys,

March Madness Book for Boys: The Final Four

March Madness Basketball Book for Teen Boys

My kids have an elementary school reading competition conjured brilliantly up by our wonderful gym teacher and our old literacy specialist. Each class draws a team from the NCAA. They get extra points as their team advances but most of the points come from reading during the month of March and the scoring method is based on amount of time spent reading. Two grades compete against each other (K versus first grade,  and 2nd – 5th Grade). The winning class wins an extra session of Physical Education. Read more…

St.. Patrick's Day, activities for kids,

St. Paddy’s Day Ideas Thanks to Pinterest!

St. Patrick’s Day Activities for Kids

I am not very good at the arts and crafts things nor the special decorating of the house for holidays. I figure that it’s good to know your strengths and weaknesses and this kind of stuff is not my forte. And yet, I have a bunch of ideas for St. Patrick’s Day here on a special board on my Pinterest page. I think that is the power of Pinterest; it makes you feel like you can do anything! Read more…

Friday Find: Miessence, Certified Organic Skin Care

Organic Skin Care Line

Miessence is the world’s first certified organic skin care line. I discovered it through Volunteer Organic who I met on Twitter. Made with high quality essential oils, this line is so pure you can eat it! Handcrafted though a unique and revolutionary cold formulation process, the natural ingredients are unaltered by heat or synthetic emulsifiers thus retaining significant nutrients that feed your skin. Read more…

American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life

American Cancer Society Video

When we walk together, we’re bigger than cancer. Join the world’s biggest fight for less cancer and more birthdays, the American Cancer Society Relay For Life®. Find your community’s event at http://www.relayforlife.org. Read more…

Healthy After School Snacks: The Danger Zone

Snacks After School That Are Healthy

My nutritionist was very clear about after school snacks when I met with her with my oldest child because her BMI shot up over the course of one year a few years back.

“Mini-meals,” she insisted. “Carbs paired with protein.” Read more…

Beyond Lucky, chapter book, soccer chapter book, chapter books, sports chapter books, Sarah Aronson

Getting Your Own Luck Assuming You Are Not Irish

Luck of the Irish For the Non-Irish

It’s St. Patrick’s day soon and there is something about being Irish that is always associated with lucky. And why is this? I asked this myself to my good friend Google. There were a few theories but these two made the most sense … Read more…

Wimpy Kid, Diary of Wiimpy Kid, Jeff Kinney, books for boys, reluctant readers, reading, reading strategies,

Children’s Choice Book Awards: Vote!

Kids Favorite Books as Selected by Kids

The finalists for the 5th Annual Children’s Choice Book Awards, the only national book awards program where the winning titles are selected by children and teens of all ages, are in! And YOU, the reader, determine the best kids books! There are books ranging from picture books, graphic novels, early chapter books to chapter books for ages 4 through 10 or grades Kindergarten through 4th grade. Please vote and have your kids vote too! Read more…

book club for boys, books that teach compassion, advance multicultural picture books

Picture Books to Teach Compassion: Book Club for Boys

Picture Books That Teach Compassion

The first idea is paring this non-fiction picture on Everything Ancient Egypt from National Geographic Kids with an outing. I found several. The Museum of Science in Boston has a virtual tour on Ancient Egypt that might be fun to incorporate. For a road trip, there are these other Egyptian exhibits around Boston: Read more…