My 5th grade son is assigned more reading homework than my 8th grade daughter. He is supposed to read 30 minutes a day; my daughter just 2 hours a week. At my son’s Curriculum Night, his teacher explained that reading just 20 minutes a day dramatically increases a child’s vocabulary. Hence, she assigns them 30 minutes a night.
From Educator’s Briefing
It’s not easy to get kids reading. My son will always choose screens over books so it’s helpful to assigned reading. I think it’s also important to making reading pleasurable so it becomes a lifelong habit. I choose a shortlist of books carefully for my son that he then selects from.
I also read out loud to my son every night. Reading aloud has the same benefit as independent reading but with an added incentive. I get to quiz my son as he reads, just to make sure he’s paying attention. Usually, I ask him about a vocabulary word in the book. One easy way is to give him a pair of opposites and have him pick the word meaning.
I hope your son can find books from my son’s list. Tell him that my son recommends them! It’s more convincing when it’s a peer recommendation so I have my son reviewing his book list.
It’s been a year since my son had surgery at Boston Children’s Hospital. November is a good time for gratitude and I’m grateful to have such an outstanding medical facility in my backyard.
Our road to surgery started off innocuously enough. My son had a small lump on his throat. I thought it was swollen lymph nodes and paid it no mind. The lump got bigger and my husband expressed concern. We took our soon to the pediatrician who was quite sure that surgery was not going to be necessary but referred us to an eminent Ear, Nose, Throat pediatric specialist at Boston Children’s Hospital. This is the doctor, our pediatrician said, that he’d send his own kids too. I like those kinds of recommendations!
Because four is considered a bad luck number in Asian culture, I offer you five books like Harold and the Purple Crayon … which is to say, books with art supplies that have magical properties including transporting readers and characters into wildly imaginative adventures and worlds.
What are your favorite books with magical drawing items that I should add to my list? Thanks for sharing!
Harold and the Purple Crayon (series) by Crockett Johnson
I loved Harold and the Purple Crayon when I was a kid and now it’s celebrating its 50th anniversary! The idea that a crayon can transport anywhere you can dream up — well, that’s rather like a book too! This is the granddaddy of picture book adventures through a drawing implement. Read more…
Jeanette Nyberg of Craftwhack and I are back for year two to bring you a holiday shopping series. Today we are back with our ever popular gifts to steal from loved ones. Our clever idea was to gift something that you can steal, share or snag a taste of. A gift for you is a gift for “us.” We’re sneaky that way. Her post is here.
November 3, 2015: Gifts That Give Back (Hers, Mine) (Last year’s: Hers, Mine)
November 10, 2015: DIY Gift Ideas (Hers, Mine) (Last year’s: Hers, Mine)
November 17, 2015: Gender Bending Gifts for Kids (Hers, Mine) (Last year’s: Hers, Mine)
November 24, 2015: Gifts to Steal from Loved Ones (Hers, Mine) (Last year’s: Hers, Mine)
December 1, 2015: Left Brain/Right Brain Gifts for Kids (Hers, Mine) (Last year’s: Hers, Mine)
Cook books are the gift that keeps on giving … imagine your loved one making food out of that cookbook for everyone to enjoy! Kids and teens are also learning a great life skill. I also really like this new hybrid of cookbook: the cookbook memoir. Sometimes it’s in the guise of a cookbook; othertimes it’s a paperback that looks like a novel but has recipes at the end of every chapter. I like them all!
Lucky Peach Presents 101 Easy Asian Recipes by Peter Meehan and the editors of Lucky Peach magazine
My husband learned this drawing game using numbers 1 to 11 in numerical order as a little boy growing up in Korea which is probably why I have never seen it before. He must have learned it really well because he whips it out whenever a restaurant that we are waiting at has brown paper and crayons on the table.
It’s a fun way to entertain the kids! Here it is:
Number 1: Draw it in the center of the page.
Number 2: Draw the number 2 right below number 1.
I thought my son would enjoy the STEM toys from Technology Will Save Us, so I was thrilled when they offered me two kits. As soon as they arrived, my son wanted to build the DIY Gamer Kit in which you build your own remote control. We opted for the version with the parts already soldered in as my husband thought soldering might be too dangerous for our 10-year-old son.
My son looked for the instructions in box and was puzzled not to find any. Instead, he figured out that he needed to go to their website to watch video tutorials.
Staples Unveil Renovated Afterschool Resource Room at
Curley K-8 School with City Year Boston
Staples also will donate school supplies to improve learning environment for young students
Students entering the afterschool program at the Curley K-8 School in Jamaica Plain on the afternoon of Tuesday, November 17th, received a surprise when they saw their newly remodeled resource room, a gift from Staples. Educators and students from the Curley K – 8 School and the City Year Boston AmeriCorps members who served at the school as tutors, mentors, and role models supporting student success welcomed representatives from Staples for a tour of the school, distribution of school supplies, and the room reveal makeover. Read more…