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ABCs of Graphic Novels, K through O

Graphic Novels Get Boys to Love Reading

Research has found that graphic novels address the needs of multiple learning styles, and that the visualizations help readers to understand the story first and the text after. 

Journal of Classroom Research in Literacy

My son is an example of how graphic novels help to solidify the concept that reading is fun! This collection of graphic novels are all books he loves.

My favorite graphic novel is the mystery series Max Finder. You have to use both the words and images to solve the short mysteries — about 5 pages each and they’re hard! What are your favorite graphic novels? Please share! Read more…

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ABCs of Graphic Novels, F through J

Graphic Novels Teach … Everything

Graphic novels offer a means for representing complex material in ways that reduce the cognitive demand of reading dense text while portraying sophisticated concepts. 

Education World

I’m excited to be posting on the ABCs of Graphic Novels, an ABC series with a great crew of compatriots who also blog on education. We are all posting the ABCs of (fill in the blank). Read more…

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ABCs of Graphic Novels, A through E

Why Graphic Novels are Great for Reading!

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Graphic novels give the brain more of a workout per sentence than any other type of media, including conventional books. 

School Library Journal

I recently discovered graphic novels from my 8-year-old son who loves them. Together, we’ve been haunting the graphic novel section of the library. I had no idea there were so many great graphic novels for young readers, including books for girls! I’m excited to be joining a group of great educational bloggers on an ABC series of posts. Mine will be on graphic novels but everyone has a different topic. Please check out the great posts. I have the list below. Read more…

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48 Random Acts of Kindness to Celebrate My Birthday

Random Acts of Kindness … Creating a Daily Habit

On my actual birthday, I was in bed sick all day and the day before that as well. It’s a good thing that I planned on doing 48 acts of kindness (not really random as some have pointed out since they were premeditated) in advance of my birthday.

Getting my kids to do it was also a bust. My new teen GrasshopperandSensei (just 13) thinks doing acts of kindness for my blog doesn’t count towards good karma. She thinks it’s all a big marketing scheme. Ditto for my 10-year-old daughter PickyKidPix who tends to side with her big sister. My 8-year-old son did not participate either. He needs prompting. Instead, he gives me lots of kisses. Read more…

Massachusetts Mom of the Month

Mom of the Month in Massachusetts!

Massachusetts Mom of the Month

I am honored to be My Town Tutors’  the first Massachusetts Mom of the Month. They asked me to fill out some questions so here they are

What is your current job of position?

Such a simple question but such a long answer:

  • I sit on the Board of Directors of Aquent, a multi-national company that I co-founded out of a Harvard dorm room 25 years ago. I also work part-time here on a project basis.
  • I sit on the Board of my kids’ elementary school as Co-Director of the Creative Arts and Sciences Program. We bring in outside programs to enrich our students’ education.
  • I blog because I love it and make a tiny bit of money from this on three blogs: PragmaticMom (The Intersection of Education, Parenting and Children’s Books), ILoveNewton (Sharing the great things about living in Newton, MA), and JadeLuckClub (Celebrating Asian American Creativity).
  • I do social media consulting for local businesses along with Capability:Mom who is my partner in crime.
  • The short answer: WHAM (Work at Home Mom) to 3 kids and a dog. Read more…
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Monthly Blogging Goals

2013 Blog Goals

My 2012 blog goals last year started off very clearly but quickly went haywire. I had a specific page view per day number in mind and made a SEO change that pretty much cost me half the year. Yep, I changed my permalink structure but didn’t realize I had to do redirects.

Sounds like Greek? To me too! Result: I spent the better part of the year going through all my posts to correct back-end bits and pieces to improve my SEO. I have over 1000 posts. Going through them all — not Once, not Twice, BUT FOUR TIMES took about 6 months working feverishly day and night. I definitely don’t want to spend 2013 doing this. Read more…

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Wonder by R J Palacio Helps Us Understand Our Differences

Meeting Wonder Author, R. J. Palacio, was Wonderful!

PickyKidPix and I attended an Understanding Our Differences author visit featuring R. J. Palacio of Wonder.

We learned a few things:

  • R stands for Raquel
  • R. J. Palacio’s message in life and in her book is : “Choose kindness over being right.”
  • A visit to a local ice cream shop changed her life, causing her to write this

I was so impressed with the kids who attended the sold out author event. The questions were came in a never ending stream — as written questions but also several lines of kids waiting their turn for the mike.

The questions were so insightful too. An author’s dream audience, I would imagine. They were so interested in every word she had to say. So empathetic for the characters. So engaged! We actually ran out of time for questions and not a single adult asked a questions — there was no way we’d deprive the kids of their questions. Read more…

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Book Club for Kids: My Best Post of 2012

Setting Up Book Club for Kids: My Best Activity Post of 2012

My best post of 2012 was a long post about setting up a great kids’ book club with many, many examples of books and activities my kids did for their book clubs. (3 kids, each with their own book club makes for lots of examples over the years!).

How To: Create a Great Kids’ Book Club (Activity and Book Suggestions)

I wanted to rework one of the book club meetings I hosted by using a slightly different book. It makes a great Chinese New Year’s book club for kids!

The Empty Pot by Demi

We folded origami cups (perfect for preschool) and fortune tellers (great for elementary school kids). Read more…

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Kickboxing: My Best Post of 2012

Kickboxing: My Best Blog Post of 2012

It’s ironic that I blog excessively on children’s books, education and parenting; particularly the intersection of all three but my best blog post is, of all things, on kickboxing.

I like to find books for kids to mark all occasions, answer questions and just generally entertain and deeply satisfy. And I do have educational and children’s book posts that make my Top 10 for 2012 in terms of traffic. But this post, Kickboxing for a Middle Age Mom with a Gentleman Fighter, holds a special place in my heart. It also is one of my top 10 most popular posts of 2012 by page views. Read more…