Archive for September, 2015

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Full disclosure, I was compensated for my participation in the Room for More campaign, but all opinions and text are mine.

I now rely on my iPhone for taking video and photos. It’s not as good as a “good” camera but it’s a lot more convenient. I just wish I had more notice, though, when I am about to run out of storage space because that sends me into a panic, especially when I know I need to use my phone to record something important like my daughter’s school concert.

It’s probably not very important to my daughter to record this for posterity but her dad is at home watching our other kids so this is the only way he can watch her perform. She’s only in it for the ice cream parlour stop after the concert! Read more…

Top 10 Hispanic American Heritage Books For Kids

Top 10 Hispanic American Heritage Books For Kids

I was confused on the nomenclature of Hispanic American versus Latino American so I looked it up:

Hispanic: a person of Latin American or Iberian ancestry, fluent in Spanish. It is primarily used along the Eastern seaboard, and favored by those of Caribbean and South American ancestry or origin.  English or Spanish can be their “native” language.

Latino: a U.S.-born Hispanic who is not fluent in Spanish and is engaged in social empowerment through Identity Politics. “Latino” is principally used west of the Mississippi, where it has displaced “Chicano” and “Mexican American.” English is probably their “native” language. “Empowerment” refers to increasing the political, social, and spiritual strength of an individual or a community, and it is associated with the development of confidence of that individual or community in their own abilities.

A simple way of remembering the difference is this: though every Latino is a Hispanic, not every Hispanic is a Latino. Hispanic is the more inclusive term.

from Hispanic Economics

And now I’m ready to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with some of my favorite books for kids! How about you? What books am I missing? Thanks for sharing!

National Hispanic Heritage Month is the period from September 15 to October 15 in the United States, when people recognize the contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the United States and celebrate the group’s heritage and culture.

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Immigrating to a New Country Picture Books & Kid Lit Blog Hop

Immigrating to a New Country Picture Books & Kid Lit Blog Hop

This collection of picture books shows some of the many ways people have immigrated in recent times to a new country including the United States. I have chapter books on immigration at the turn of century that our 4th grade uses and a book list of undocumented immigrants if you want to explore this theme further.

How about you? What immigrations books for kids do you recommend? Please share! Thank you!

Immigration Picture Books for Kids

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KidLit TV Multicultural Giveaway

KidLit TV Multicultural Library Book Bundle GIVEAWAY

KidLit TV Multicultural Giveaway

Right on time for back to school, KidLit TV is teaming up with Pragmatic Mom, Jump into a Book, Franticmommy and Multicultural Children’s Book Day to give parents, teachers, and librarians a chance to win a multicultural book bundle for their school library.

School libraries play an integral role in the life of students. Many students can cite their school library as a place where a love of reading and learning is fortified. Throughout the country, budgets for school programs are being slashed, school libraries have been heavily hit. Hours for library time are cut in some schools, and non-existent in others. Furthermore, the tight budget impacts a school librarian’s ability to secure funds to purchase new books.

Starting today, September 15th and through September 30th you can enter to win a curated bundle of multicultural books featuring StoryMakers guests and additional kid lit authors. Read more…

Picture Books for Kids Who Like To Build

Picture Books for Kids Who Like To Build

I’m glad that PickyKidPix knows how to use power tools. It started with woodshop in middle school, and then she progressed to assembling her own furniture from Ikea. The Ikea projects included a bed, desk, desk hutch, TV console and bed side table.

books for kids who like to build

This is the Mesopotamia Throne Project Inspiration Photo.

When it came time for her to figure out a school project, she and her partner decided to build a throne from Mesopotamia. They had to figure out how much wood and what size pieces of wood they needed. All my husband did was help them cut the wood to their specifications and drive the wood to school. After that, it was all them and some choice power tools.

Books for Kids Who Like To Build

This is the Mesopotamia Throne my daughter and her partner built. Power tools were expertly wielded. Read more…

Roald Dahl Day is Today! and GIVEAWAY!

Roald Dahl Day is Today! and GIVEAWAY!

PickyKidPix helped me organize my children’s books a few years ago. We made a special sticker designation for our collection of Roald Dahl books. She loved Dahl when she was in third grade and she read nearly exclusively from his books for that entire year. Roald Dahl Day is Today!Read more…

Adventurous Dog Picture Book of the Day

Adventurous Dog Picture Book of the Day

I’m so happy that our Picture Book of the Day group is commencing again after a summer hiatus. We’ve started this week and it’s my turn today.

Hudson in Provence

I’ve selected three adventurous dog picture books for you today. How about you? What are your favorite dogs in children’s books? Please share! Read more…

Post It Notes for an Organized Back to School

Post It Notes for an Organized Back to School

There was jubilation in my house when I told my kids that I was doing a sponsored post for Post-it Brand and 3M but it quickly shifted into a battle zone.

“I want the Post-it notes,” chimed my son.

“I need the Post-it notes for school,” claimed PickyKidPix.

“Don’t touch that package until I blog,” I warned my kids.
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LifeLock: Online Safety for Kids

LifeLock: Online Safety for Kids

Thank you LifeLock for sponsoring this post. Please visit The Smart Talk for more tips on how to prepare your kids to develop healthy online habits.

My son who starts 5th grade tomorrow will be getting an iPhone by the end of the school year. My husband and I think our kids need a cell phone once they start taking the school bus. A cell phone is helpful for many reasons. We use it to call our kids to dinner in our house when we don’t want to scream. My girls help me navigate when my car nav is failing me. And texting is turning out be very handy to communicate with my teens. But I’m not sure my son needs another screen just now. He’s already on screens more than his two sisters combined! It’s time to make a contract with him regarding screen time! I’m using The Smart Talk LifeLock to start that conversation and get it to stick. The Smart Talk Read more…