Archive for July, 2013

BoomWriter Storytellers camp

Diary of a Wimpy Kid Virtual Writing Camp GIVEAWAY

I’m excited to learn about The BoomWriter Storytellers Camp which provides aspiring middle school-aged writers the chance to be published. Bestselling author and cartoonist Jeff Kinney, author of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, will help get kids started!

Jeff Kinney, Diary of a Wimpy Kid camp for kids

I’ll be giving away one scholarship to camp! See my rafflecopter at the bottom.

Everything You Wanted to Know about The BoomWriter Storytellers Camp

  • WHO? Aspiring writers entering grades 6-8
  • WHAT? A one-week online writing camp consisting of instruction, writing, feedback, and peer review
  • WHEN? July and August 2013
  • WHERE? Online at www.BoomWriter.com
  • WHY? Awesome opportunity for campers to write and be published!

Each morning (anytime between 7:00 am – 11:00 am EST), campers will view an online writing lesson and then read, write, and submit their entry. All submissions will be reviewed by BoomWriter instructors.

Later in the day (anytime between 3:00 pm – 10:00 pm EST), campers will read the submissions of some of the other participants and be able to vote for the pieces they like the best. Campers will be notified of the winning submission the following morning prior to that day’s lesson.The process will continue throughout the week until the story is completed and a book is published! Read more…

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Kids Create Stories from Pictures with Storybird

Please welcome my guest blogger, elementary school teacher AND children’s book author, Susan Stephenson of The Book Chook. I’ve been enjoying her blog for a while now and I’m really excited to have her explain a great website  where kids can create stories from pictures. I’m hoping this will get my kids excited to write this summer!

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Are you looking for ways to arrest the summer slide? Are you interested in encouraging your children to write stories? I’d like to suggest you check out Storybird.

What is Storybird?

Storybird is a fantastic website that encourages us to use artwork created by Storybird’s real-life illustrators in the stories (or storybirds) we write. It’s free to register and use, with options to buy print books or upgrade for special features. All stories and comments are pre-moderated, and completed storybirds can be shared. Read more…

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Kindergarteners Make Miss Nelson is Missing Video

Kudos to Mr. Avina, a teacher at LAUSD’s Olympic Primary Center, and his class for the hard work put into making this video. It’s an adorable picture book video by kids acting out Miss Nelson is Missing.


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Rising 3rd Grade Summer Reading List

This great summer reading list for Going Into 4th Grade is from my library. It’s a collaboration between the Newton Public School Library Teachers & the Newton Free Children’s Librarians. PickyKidPix also has a great list of chapter books she read at this same age, when she was assigned five books to read during the summer before going into 4th grade.

Other lists here:

Rising Kindergarten Summer Reading List

Rising First Grade Summer Reading List

Rising Second Grade Summer Reading List

Rising Fourth Grade Summer Reading List

Rising Fifth Grade Summer Reading List

 

Going Into 4th Grade Summer Reading List

Little Dog, Lost by Marion Dane Bauer
A boy, a dog, and an old man are lonely before the boy plans a rally, the dog looks for a boy, and all the townspeople run to the old man’s aid when lightning strikes his home and something miraculous happens.

Read more…

Teaching Kids About Stocks and Investing 101

Teaching Kids About Stocks and Investing

PickyKidPix wants to trade stocks this summer using her stock account that her grandmother set up for her AND her own money. Too bad I forgot the password. It might be faster for me to transfer her account to my brokerage account than to actually figure it out!

I tried to sign us both up for a Community Education class on basics of the stock market. Alas, they called back because 1) I forgot to put the security code of my credit card on the form and 2) they said you have to be 16-years-old to take an adult class. There are no stock trading classes for kids though.

When I called the nice people at Charles Schwab, they said that they hold stock trading classes at their local branch in my town. Hurray, I thought! I’d save the money on the class plus the time! But … when I went to sign up, the classes were much farther away and way too advanced for my 11-year-old.

Back to square 1.

I decided to teach her the basics of stock trading myself: I call this Teaching Kids about Stocks and Investing 101.

I learned the old fashioned way in m early twenties. I used a phamplet from Charles Schwab plus a method commonly known as trial and error. I also followed a few helpful blogs: The Motley Fool at AOL and Morningstar reports. Both are free.

My business partner started trading stocks in high school. He did so well that he had adult family friends give him tens of thousands of dollars to invest for them.  In college, my friend continued to invest his money but didn’t always come up with winners. Turns out that Cabbage Patch Kids were a fad, unfortunately. But mistakes made early can be small and inexpensive and a great way to learn the ropes.

To start off PickyKidPix, I want to something that she can wrap her head around. I’m also not a person who likes to do extensive numerical analysis or create spreadsheets to pick companies. “Keep it Simple” works for Warren Buffet, I figured, so I make it simple for myself. Read more…