Archive for April, 2012

Sneak Chef cookbook

Friday Find: The Sneaky Chef Cookbook GIVEAWAY!

Cookbook for Busy Moms

I’m excited to offer a SIGNED cookbook from Missy Chase Lapine, the famed Sneaky Chef! Please leave a comment to win! Can you please share one tip for sneaking good food into your child? Read more…

girls and math

Girls and Math: Busting the Myth (from Mind/Shift)

Girls Are Bad at Math Myth

I thought this was an important article on girls and math from Mind/Shift:

Do girls need special attention when it comes to science, math, and technology topics? In response to last week’s article about Techbridge, the after-school science program specifically geared to girls, some readers strongly refuted the notion that girls need the extra nudge. Read more…

4th Grade Science Study Guides: Weather, Rocks & Minerals, Moon Phases

4th Grade Science Study Guides

I have a beef with elementary school Common Core science. THIS IS NOT SCIENCE. This is memorization. Science is supposed to be about asking questions, testing, and forming conclusions. That is the way science works in the real world. Read more…

osprey, florida, north captiva

Osprey Migration Books for Kids

Osprey Migration in Children’s Books

It all started when I saw the Osprey that Doodles and Jots photographed near her home in Cape Cod. Several weeks prior (5 to be exact), I spotted an Osprey in North Captiva, Florida. Could it be the same Osprey? Probably not, but it was fun to speculate. Read more…

Inside Out and Back Again,

Reader Challenge: Poetry for 5th Grade Girls’ Bookclub

Poetry for 5th Grade Book Club

I love getting book requests from readers. This one came in recently:

Hi There –
I read your blog, especially for inspiration when organizing my daughter’s book club meetings (I’m the host for seven 5th grade girls each month).

I was wondering if you ever discuss or read poetry with your kids and, if so, if you have any recommendations for me. I’d like to focus on poetry for our next book club meeting but am not sure how to go about doing it – whether we should read/discuss a few poems together? or if each girl should bring a poem to share? Read more…

Double Dog Dare, Lisa Graff

Double Dog Dare GIVEAWAY and CONTEST!

I Double Dog Dare You

My 4th grade daughter, PickyKidPix, thinks that this middle grade chapter book, Double Dog Dare by Lisa Graff, is FUNNY! Read more…

The Hunger Games Movie

The Hunger Games and Age Appropriateness

The Hunger Games Age Appropriateness

My 10-year-0ld, PickyKidPix, read The Hunger Games series against my wishes though it’s not like I’m going to go ballistic over something like reading! It’s just that I would have preferred for her to wait, even a year, so that she would get more out of it. No such luck. She challenged her table mates to a reading race. Pretty soon half of her class was powering through the series much to the chagrin of her teacher, who agreed with me about waiting, even half a year. Read more…

Cole Nina of Earth, DEAR, Drop Everything and Read Day

What Are Your Kid’s Drop Everything and Read Books?

Drop Everything and Read Books

Today, Thursday, April 12, is Drop Everything and Read Day. National D.E.A.R. Day is a special reading celebration to remind and encourage families to make reading together on a daily basis a family priority. Read more…

front kick

Kickboxing with My Girls and Our ‘The Situation’-like Sensei

Mother Daughter Kickboxing

I thought it would be fun for me and my two girls to take kickboxing lessons together. Mother/Daughter bonding and all that. Our first lesson was eye-opening. Our Sensei was six feet of muscle with an accent and attitude out of Jersey Shore, the reality TV show. I think he missed his calling. It turns out he’s a MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) guy with Kempo, Jujitsu, Boxing and I suspect, a little Muay Thai Kickboxing, thrown in. Read more…