Archive for September, 2012

Memrise, foreign language website, Mandarin Chinese,

Chinese Words Are Easy to Learn. Really!

Chinese Writing and Language Is Fun and Easy

I found this great site, MemRise,  that has language instruction for Mandarin Chinese, French, Spanish and Italian. I checked out the online Mandarin Chinese site because my kids are learning it and I had just enough Chinese lessons as a kid to know how difficult it is. Read more…

subtraction games, subtraction math facts, subtraction games and apps, 2nd grade math

Subtraction and Adding to Ten Math Facts Games

Subtraction Math Facts Practice Made FUN!

Now that I’ve attended two school curriculum nights, it’s clear that the teachers want us to practice math facts at home. I am noticing that all three of my kids have the most difficulty with subtraction. Addition is intuitively more obvious and multiplication is really just more addition. My kids less  confused by the idea of division, at least until they hit long division. Division is regrouping and can be reverse engineered through multiplication. Read more…

poke

Family Reunion Vacation in Oahu, Hawaii

Things to Do In Oahu, Hawaii with Kids

My sister and her family joined us for an almost family reunion on the island of Oahu in Hawaii. The exact destination was Hawaii Kai, a tony suburb about 20 minutes east of Waikiki based around a man-made marina. My company has a corporate house there for employees. Read more…

winning versus having fun, kids sports teams, etiquette on soccer field

How to Be the Perfect Volunteer Parent Coach

Coaching Training for Parent Volunteers

PickyKidPix is lucky to have had great coaches for soccer — 5 years and running now. Living and competing in towns the mimic those in A Race to Nowhere, it’s easy to find parents who are out of control on the sidelines, screaming at their child or a teenage referee. It’s not a pretty sight. How do you create a supportive environment for your child? Our coach has very specific and concrete rules of engagement. Read more…

Emil Nolde, Emil Nolde Poppy, Emile Nolde Poppies Art Project for Kids

Emil Nolde Poppies Inspired Art Lesson for Kids

Art Project for Kids: Emil Nolde Poppies

Emil Nolde is one of my favorite artists that paints flowers. I especially love his delicate yet loose poppy watercolor paintings. I bought several art books for my daughter but none of them contained my favorite poppy paintings of his. I’ve collected them instead on my Pinterest Board, Virtual Art Museum.

I also have a Veteran’s Day craft and book here.

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Reading Challenge: 7th Grade Boy Who Hates Reading But Loves Skateboarding

Middle School Reading for Boys

I finally got to see my mom friend Lori in Hawaii. Our husbands played golf together for University of Hawaii and we worked together for about a year when I convinced her to relocate to Boston nearly 10 years ago. Unfortunately, it was a harsh winter that year and she moved back to Hawaii before the year was up. Read more…

Flow Chart for Older Teens To Find Perfect Book

Try this Chart to Find Perfect Book for Teen

How do you find the perfect book? Do you ask friends? Do you google book? Do you ever wish there was a magical book finder for you? Well, this flow chart should help teens find books that are perfect for you. It’s great for adults too! Happy reading! Read more…

Newbery 2013

Predicting 2013 Newbery and Caldecott Winners

Potential Newbery and Caldecott Winners for 2013

Who are the gurus for predicting winners of the Newbery Medal and Caldecott Award? My vote is for: Read more…

Go Orange, Feeding America, Go Orange Hunger

Top 10 Books to Help Kids Understand Food Insecurity

Books for Kids on Issue of Hunger

Thank you to Jennifer Fischer on Twitter who clued me in on the September month long campaign, Go Orange, to help fight hunger. Read more…