Archive for June, 2012

Missing The Cut: 4th Grade Club Soccer Disappointment

When Your Kid Doesn’t Make the Team

Today was a tough day. My 4th grade daughter, PickyKidPix, has been on pins and needles all week waiting to find out if she made the new Club Soccer Team for our town. She didn’t. She made the wait list which is not bad because strangely, her grade district wide has produced an exceptional number of really excellent 4th grade girl soccer players. This still meant that I found her at 10:41 p.m. sobbing her heart out. Ouch! Not to mention that her bedtime is 9:00 and it is a school day tomorrow.

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boy reading in pool

Getting Kids Reading: Caught in the Act … of READING!

Best Books for Kids for Summer Reading

I am firing up the Caught in the Act … of Reading! posts for the summer to do my part in getting kids to read and identifying books to read to kids including some great read out loud books. Read more…

best graphic novels for kids

Best Books For Teens Who Read 2 to 3 Grades Below

Books for Teens Who Read Below Grade Level

I received this tweet from Mama C and the Boys who are dear to me though social media. I love her blog on transracial parenting and though it, I feel like I know her boys. Her blog inspires me to be a better mom. She asked me via Twitter for a list geared to 12-15 year olds reading 2-3 grade levels below. I racked my brain for chapter books, graphic novels and non fiction for 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th grade that is especially engaging.This list is a mix of middle grade that skews up (ages 9-12) and YA that skews down (young adult, ages 12-18).Let me know how I did and please make suggestions to grow this list. Thank you!p.s. I found a great list of books for boys from The National Children’s Book and Literacy Alliance. Read more…

Prevent Summer Math Slide: Going into 2nd Grade Daily Math Problems

Math Summer Review for 2nd Grade

School ended Friday, June 15th and my elementary school has helpfully supplied me with summer math homework for my son who will be entering 2nd grade. We get one problem per day and as my other kids went through this, we found that it’s easier to do one week at a time. Read more…

Popular Books for Kids at the Return Cart

Favorite Books Checked Out at the Library

I was in my elementary school library for the Skype author visit by Sheela Chari of mystery chapter book Vanished. Sometimes I hang out at the school library when I have time to kill say waiting between parent teacher conferences if I am able to schedule them somewhat back to back. I do love all libraries but especially school libraries. Read more…

Karen Bergreen

Humor for Moms: Stand Up Comedian Karen Bergreen

Humor for Moms by Mom

Karen Bergreen is my freshman roommate Alytia’s roommate during her junior and senior year. I had met her in college through Alytia and always liked her. I knew she was funny so it didn’t surprise me when she became a stand up comedian. She did her stand up at our 25th college reunion and she was HYSTERICAL! See clip below… Read more…

science of electricity for kids

Physics of Circuits and Electricity for Kids

Science Projects and Games for Kids

My 7-year-old son played with this toy with a 5th grade boy while we are at a dinner party together.  They came back every ten minutes to show us the circuit boards they made. Some had light bulbs lit up. Others made noise. Still others were connected through a cup of water. The parents who hosted us said that this toy won Science Toy of the Year and that their kids played with it intensely for a few days. Read more…

Lunch Lady, graphic novel

Hilarious Children’s Authors with Impossible to Pronounce Names

Funny Children’s Book Authors: Jon Scieszka and Jarrett Krosoczka

Is there something about having a difficult name to pronounce that makes you especially funny? I was on a LiveChat with Lunch Lady graphic novel author Jarrett Krosoczka (dear god, your names are hard to spell!), and he was cracking me up. He’s so funny! Read more…

A Million Miles from Boston, Karen Day,

5th Grade Chapter Book GIVEAWAY: A Million Miles From Boston

Best Chapter Book for Girls Entering Middle School

I’m lucky to have Karen Day as a neighbor. We met through Music Lovers’ third grade soccer team. Karen’s youngest was also on the same team and we had a chance to chat at the end of the season dinner at the coach’s house. Once there was a face to the name, I started bumping into her everywhere! We like to go to the same off leash dog park around a reservoir one town over and now our dogs are buddies. We also  like the same hot yoga studio another town over too. Strangely though, I’ve never bumped into her at the grocery store. Read more…