Archive for August, 2014

Easy Science Experiment: Why Do Ice Cubes Crack in Drinks?

Easy Science Experiment: Why Do Ice Cubes Crack in Drinks?

I’m not prone to trying out science experiments at home. It’s because I am lazy. Even when I subscribed to science projects that came monthly in the mail, it didn’t seem to take with my kids. But I yearn to be one of those moms who can do science with their kids at home.

It’s because when I was struggling with Freshman Chemistry in college — a scarring experience — I met a kid whose parents were BOTH chemists. He said that his mother had the periodic table up in the playroom for as long as he could remember. Needless to say, he was cruising through Organic Chemistry when it was an experience that I had to repeat in order to get a decent grade.  Read more…

kids caught in the act of reading this summer

Caught in the Act … of READING!

Thank you to everyone who sent me photos of their kids caught reading!! I’m so happy that kids are reading this summer!

I’ll be posting photos of kids caught in the act of reading on a weekly basis. If you send me a photo, I will mail you a book in return. Please email pragmaticmomblog (at) gmail (dot) com. Sorry, but I am only able to mail books to the U.S. and APO addresses due to the high cost of shipping.

Megan’s son is reading Baby Animals.

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Burt's Bees

Burt’s Bees to the Rescue!

PickyKidPix is at sleepaway camp for a month. Her biggest gripe is that her unit’s bathroom runs out of hot water rather quickly. She says that by the 8th shower, the hot water is gone and a cold water shower at night when it’s chilly outside makes her homesick.

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best mysteries for kids,

Best Mysteries for Kids and the Kid Lit Blog Hop

Edgar Award Winners for Best Juvenile Mystery 

The “Edgars” as they are known are officially The Edgar Allan Poe Awards, named after Edgar Allan Poe, and presented every year by the Mystery Writers of America. The awards cut across many genres including mystery fiction, non-fiction, television, film, and theater.

I’ve listed the winners from the Juvenile category. Within the Juvenile category, there are wide span of ages, with the exception of picture books. If you want a picture book mystery, my recommedation is find the books by Doug Cushman.

My son is reading 5 books for summer homework assigned by his upcoming 4th grade teachers. He is supposed to read a variety of genres but I forgot about mysteries, hence this list! How about you? Are your kids reading and enjoying mysteries? What is their favorite? Thanks for sharing!

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Dreaming About the Possibilities … of College and Beyond

I went to Easton, Massachusetts for the first time. Given that it’s a scant half hour drive from where I live and that I drive far and wide for my kids’ soccer games, I was surprised that I hadn’t been there before. It’s a lovely town, and, as I missed my turn and parked nearby, I found myself face to face with a trio of what looked like H. H. Richardson buildings, one of my favorite architects.

H H Richardson Easton Schools Easton MA Read more…

kids caught in the act of reading

Caught in the Act … of READING!

Thank you to everyone who sent me a photo of their kids caught reading!! I can’t tell you how happy it makes me that your kids are reading and I’m thrilled that they will be excited to receive a book! I tried to match up ages based on what you sent me and I’m also grateful that you are helping me clean out my office! Read more…

Mei-Mei's Lucky Birthday Noodles PARTY GIVEAWAY!

Mei-Mei’s Lucky Birthday Noodles PARTY GIVEAWAY!

I’m so excited for this giveaway from the nice folks from Tuttle Publishing! They sent me a party box centered around Mei-Mei’s Lucky Birthday Noodles to giveaway to YOU!

Lately, my kids enjoy Dim Sum but balk at Cantonese-style Chinese Seafood which is what my husband and I love most. But Chinese noodle dishes are one constant that they have eaten and loved since they were little. Some years, the noodle preference changes: wide rice noodles versus yellow curly wheat noodles. And sometimes, the green vegetables get picked out and cast aside. Still, it’s good to know that they are increasing their good luck as they fill their bellies! Read more…