Archive for November, 2012

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Gift Ideas for Everyone: 12 Days of Shopping

Holiday Gift Ideas: 12 Days of Ideas for Everyone On Your List

Capability:Mom and I are on our third year of the joint posting on the 12 Days of Shopping. Starting tomorrow, we will be co-posting on a variety of gift ideas for everyone on our list. She takes one category and I take the other: Read more…

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25 CHRISTmaths True/False Questions for Kids

A Christmas Math-y Advent Calendar for Kids

My Pinterest friend MathPlus from Singapore came up with this fun true/false question count down to Christmas. Think of this as a math-y Advent calendar. The answers are below.  Read more…

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Gift Guide: Book Ideas for Everyone on Your List

Book Gift List for Kids, Moms and Dads

Shopping for books as gifts is my very favorite holiday errand. In years past, I just gifted small piles of books to everyone on my list. My favorite is to match up a picture book for an adult — it works great as teacher and principal gifts!

How about you? Do you give a lot of books as holiday gifts?  Read more…

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Dad Book Teaches Kids Handy Skills: 3 Signed BOOK GIVEAWAY!

The Dad Checklist: To Teach Your Kids Practical Skills

Before my neighbor Jeff renovated his house, I used to see him outside in his breezeway working with saw horses and power tools. I think he was crafting fine furniture which is an unusual skill for a Harvard man (though there is a deluxe and highly underutilized wood shop in the basement of the Science Center at Harvard). Now that the renovations are complete, I am fairly confident he could tackle everything from installing kitchen sinks to laying hardwood floor. Read more…

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Physics of Roller Coasters for Kids

Roller Coaster Physics for Kids is Fun!

I wish I had been introduced to physics at a young age in a way that made it fun. I learned physics, painfully, in high school and struggled through pre-med physics in college. I never got an intuitive sense of physics and my impression was that it was a formula to be memorized and calculated. Read more…

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A Teacher Turned Author Inspires Writing Seeds

How Do You Get Ideas for Books?

At my parent-teacher conference for my 2nd grader, I looked over his writing assignment that focuses on small moments or seeds. The watermelon is the big idea, in this case it was my son’s soccer game. The watermelon slice is a smaller section, and the seed is a small event. My son talked to his teacher to whittle down his story idea to the seed of the moment he scored a goal. Read more…

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Getting Organized with Jooners for Winter Soccer Practices

Electronic Organization for Car Pools and Busy Moms

We were elated to make it through our first soccer season with a crazy amount of practices and games each week (14).  We wouldn’t have been able to do it on our own, but luckily car pools came together after a month for the two club soccer teams my girls joined. Still, there were challenges in setting up a car pool. Luckily a friend turned me on to Jooners, an online sign up sheet and organizational tool, to help busy moms. Read more…

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What’s the Best Kid’s Tablet?

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Tablet computers are expected to be hot sellers this holiday season, topping the gift lists for both parents and their kids. At, we dig pretty deeply into the many choices available — and name the tablets we think are the top picks for most users. When picking a tablet for your son or daughter, however, there are a few extra things you need to think about. Read more…

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Win Barefoot Books for Yourself and Your Library

Multicultural Book Giveaway to Build Your School Library or Your Own

Twelve lucky winners (6 in US and 6 in Europe) will receive $1000 worth of books; half for them and half for their school library! 2 winners will be drawn every week for the next 6 weeks. Even if you don’t win, you win. Anyone who enters will receive a coupon for 30% off your next purchase at Barefoot Books.

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