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Why It Hurts to Use Hertz

Worst Car Rental Company

We had just arrived in Honolulu after a long but uneventful flight. Leg 1: Boston to San Francisco 6 hours with only a quick stopover for a meal. San Francisco to Honolulu: another 6 hours. Our luggage arrived safely with us so there was only the rental car to pick up then a half hour drive to the house we were staying at in Hawaii Kai. Smooth sailing, right? Read more…

How To: Learn 100,000 Words by 8th Grade

Learn SAT Vocabulary

100,000 vocabulary words seems like an impossible number to master by 8th grade! I found this article to figure out the science behind how kids actually learn that many words (and just in time for the SAT test!). Read more…

Online Book Fair Fundraiser for Schools and Sports Teams

Online Book Fairs as Fundraiser

My kids and I love school book fairs! They love getting new books and insist on going early to school to reserve the books they want before they all disappear. I love that they will read these new acquisitions immediately and with great enthusiasm. It’s fun, also, to see the books they choose that I don’t even think of for them. Joke books. Non-fiction. Graphic novels. Pokémon handbooks. Read more…

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The Presidential Game: Everyone Can Be President

Games for Kids About Presidential Election

My 7-year-old son likes board games so he makes me play them with him as his sisters will generally not play board games with or without him. With the upcoming presidential election, I thought it might be a good way to explain our United States slightly convoluted election process to him. Read more…

Baby Elephant Mud Bath and Other Ways to Fall in Love with Elephants

Baby Elephant Mud Bath and Books for Kids

Another email from my nearly 90-year-old mom with this video of a baby elephant taking a mud bath. That she’s on YouTube is amazing! I’m posting a bunch of her emails; the pollination video was from her. Read more…

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Top 10 Reasons Why Dogs Are Easier Than Kids

Dogs versus Kids?

It was an easy week for me last week. My two older girls were at sleep away camp so we just had our rising 2nd grade son. The house was quiet and he reveled at being an only child. I still had dog walking duties and they are not insignificant. My dog, now 2 years old, needs a 3 mile off leash hike daily. Still, as I reflected on dog vs kids, I dashed off this tongue-in-cheek list of why dogs are easier –some would even say better but I certainly wouldn’t! — list of why dogs ARE easier than kids! Read more…

Week 11: Rising 2nd Grade Math Review

Rising 2nd Grade Summer Math Review

Congratulations! You are in the final stretch of departing 1st grade summer math review (a.k.a. rising second grade math). This is the last week! What did your child enjoy the most: the problems, the web sites, the books or the board games? Please share what worked or didn’t work for you. Thanks! Read more…

Beauty Everywhere: Grains of Sand are Unique Jewels

Sand Under Microscope Looks Like Jewels

My mom sent me that pollination video and I got some great feedback that everyone liked it. So here’s another post via my mom who is nearly 90-years-old! Kudos to her for being active online and sending me great stuff to post! I think she reads my blog too! Read more…

Why Kids Should Learn to Code

How to Teach Kids to Program in Code

I met Keren on Twitter and asked her to guest post because I have an inkling that my youngest might be a video game developer one day. He has all the accoutrements of an coder. He plays soccer so he should be able to do the hackysack and ultimate frisbee thing. His classical guitar teacher has declared him a rocker and he wants to learn drums next. From a user perspective, he certainly is qualified! He finished all the levels of Angry Birds a year ago and now spends hours on Minecraft among dozens of other games. M.I.T. is near us and they have a summer day camp for kids to learn Scratch. I think my youngest would love that. Read more…