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My 5th grade son and his two buddies are inordinately fond of video gaming. My son can be on two screens simultaneously; playing a game while watching a YouTuber play a different game. That drives me nuts.
We, the moms, took action. We got them programming in Scratch and Java, put them in computer camp to learn Java through Minecraft, and set up a boys book club.
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This summer in addition to the math word problem workbook that I usually do with my kids, I’m adding the Carson-Dellosa Summer Activities workbook for my 5th grade son. He usually can finish his math word problem book in a month, and while it does cover reading comprehension, I wanted to add a few more subjects to get him reading for middle school this fall.
My son likes math and science and I’ll be working on some hands on science activities for him as well. But I’d also like my son to work on his writing, and I didn’t really have a plan for that so this activity book is perfect.
I also want my son to continue the reading tear I’ve just begun to see. In past years, it would take us a month to read a book (sometimes even more). Lately, he’s been able to read a chapter book in a few days which is also keeping me on my toes to find books to interest him. Read more…
It surprises me that only a few of the Nobel Peace Prize recipients are represented in picture books for children. I was able to find these nine people who changed the world and, in doing so, received the Nobel Peace Prize.
Some the picture books are biographies, others are their own books reflecting their philosophies but presented to children. Perfect, right? I hope it inspires a new generation of activists who believe they can change the world. Because I know that they can.
9 People Who Changed The World:
Great Picture Book Biographies of Nobel Peace Prize Winners
Grasshopper and Sensei turned 16 years old recently and had to be persuaded to learn to drive. She has no interest. Why would she? Her dad and I are her personal car service. She’s terrified being behind the wheel of a vehicle that can do serious damage. And she’s right.
A few weeks ago, a car crashed into the front of our neighborhood pizza place, killing two people and critically injuring five others. It wasn’t a teen driver, but did you know these stats:
Car crashes are the #1 killer of teens
Teens crash most often because they are inexperienced – not because they take more risks behind the wheel.
Other teen passengers are one of the biggest distractions for teen drivers. Just one teen passenger raises a teen driver’s fatal crash risk 44 percent. Two passengers doubles fatal crash risk. Three or more quadruples crash risk.
Most fatal nighttime crashes involving teen drivers happen between 9 p.m. and midnight
More than half of teens killed in car crashes were not restrained by a seatbelt.
PickyKidPix broke her full length mirror, not once but twice. I hope that’s not 14 years of bad luck. She hated the replacement mirror that my husband installed and wanted to replace it, yet again, herself.
This mirror drama got my son thinking and asking about how mirrors work. I was hoping that he could build his own mirror as a science experiment, but it turns out that mirrors are quite complicated to make.
Here’s how mirrors work:
When photons — rays of light — coming from an object (your smiling face, for example) strike the smooth surface of a mirror, they bounce back at the same angle. Your eyes see these reflected photons as a mirror image. from WonderopolisRead more…
It wasn’t easy to find books in my library for Memorial Day. While there are a few picture books, none were on the shelves. Rather than give you a list of hard to find books, I’ve narrowed the list to just three and have added activities that I rounded up from Pinterest.
First, here’s some background on Memorial and Veterans Day:
Memorial Day was first celebrated in 1868, then called Decoration Day to remember the soldiers who died in the Civil War. It was celebrated by putting flowers and flags on their graves. In 1882, the holiday was changed to Memorial Day to remember Americans who died serving in any war. Memorial Day is the last Monday in May or May 30. This year, it is celebrated on Monday, May 30th.
Veterans Day is sometimes marked by a minute of silence at 11am on November 11 to mark the end of WWI, then called Armistice Day. In 1954, Armistice Day became Veteran’s Day and is a day to honor all U.S. Veterans. It is now celebrated on the second Monday of November.
PickyKidPix loves Katie Woo even though she discovered this series in 5th grade while messing around in her school library. She encouraged me to continue with the Katie Woo book giveaways because she wants to spread the love, and copies come my way that land in her room. I told her that a spinoff series about Pedro was coming out. She approved.
In celebration of the new Katie Woo spinoff series, Pedro, I’m doing a huge giveaway!
EIGHT Winners for Katie Woo or Pedro Early Chapter Book Giveaway
PickyKidPix who is now in 8th grade surprised me with this question: Is Coco Chanel a real person? First of all, how does she even know about Chanel? I think she watches too many YouTube beauty bloggers. And secondly, how strange that she only knows Chanel as a brand name because in fact, she knew Chanel by the handbags and make up.
Coco Chanel, 1920. Wikipedia
I just happened upon this picture book at the library and gave it to my daughter who was delighted to read it.
Coco and the Little Black Dress by Annemarie Van Haeringen Read more…