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Care Packages To Impress Your Kids at Sleepaway Camp

What Kids Want in Sleep Away Camp Care Packages

When Music Lovers went away to sleep away camp last summer, it was just for 5 days. She got off a long wait list as well, so it was sudden and we all had to scramble to get her ready. Hence, there was not need for that sleep away camp requisite Mommy-Loves-You care package. Whew! I got off easy. Read more…

5th Grade Chapter Books to Make Social Studies Exciting

Books for Kids to Make Social Studies Exciting

I’ve had to think for a long time how to make American Social Studies exciting for Dee’s son in fifth grade. My own kids give mixed reviews about social studies at their schools and I think that the only way to make it exciting is to: Read more…

Week 2: Summer Math Review for Rising 2nd Grade

2nd Grade Math Review

Join my son and I for summer math review supplied by his school. This is week two. We normally do one week in one sitting just to make it easier to do it in one fell swoop. How do you like to do it? Can you remember to do one problem a day? We can’t! Read more…

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2 Wordless Picture Books GIVEAWAYS and How to Read Them

Best Books for Kids to Boost Creativity

I know that I sound like a moron but exactly how does one “read” a wordless picture book? I’m the kind of person that needs detailed instructions so I thought I’d research it because this whole concept of wordless picture book is newish to me. I didn’t grow up with these but my kids and I have enjoyed a stack of them. Perhaps, though, flipping the pages like a slow-motion flip book is not the way to go. Read more…

Slow Dance. A Poem and Request from a Dying Girl. HOAX.

Slow Dance Dying Girl Hoax

Thank you to reader Laurie for informing me that this chain email is a HOAX. The link to prove this is here. So, there is no need to send this around via email and there are no matching donations being made. Still, it’s a good poem and a good message even though it now feels wrong. Read more…

Friday Find: Group Hug for My Mommy Blogging Tribe

Great Blogs for Moms

I’ve been part of a Blogging Exposure Group that Vanita and I started a few months ago and it’s been a great way to find my tribe of bloggers to help our blogs get more audience. But in reading their blogs, we’ve discovered that this group is not just about getting short-term results, but a wonderful way to meet like-minded mommy bloggers and make new virtual friends. Read more…

Missing The Cut: 4th Grade Club Soccer Disappointment

When Your Kid Doesn’t Make the Team

Today was a tough day. My 4th grade daughter, PickyKidPix, has been on pins and needles all week waiting to find out if she made the new Club Soccer Team for our town. She didn’t. She made the wait list which is not bad because strangely, her grade district wide has produced an exceptional number of really excellent 4th grade girl soccer players. This still meant that I found her at 10:41 p.m. sobbing her heart out. Ouch! Not to mention that her bedtime is 9:00 and it is a school day tomorrow.

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Getting Kids Reading: Caught in the Act … of READING!

Best Books for Kids for Summer Reading

I am firing up the Caught in the Act … of Reading! posts for the summer to do my part in getting kids to read and identifying books to read to kids including some great read out loud books. Read more…

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Best Books For Teens Who Read 2 to 3 Grades Below

Books for Teens Who Read Below Grade Level

I received this tweet from Mama C and the Boys who are dear to me though social media. I love her blog on transracial parenting and though it, I feel like I know her boys. Her blog inspires me to be a better mom. She asked me via Twitter for a list geared to 12-15 year olds reading 2-3 grade levels below. I racked my brain for chapter books, graphic novels and non fiction for 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th grade that is especially engaging.This list is a mix of middle grade that skews up (ages 9-12) and YA that skews down (young adult, ages 12-18).Let me know how I did and please make suggestions to grow this list. Thank you!p.s. I found a great list of books for boys from The National Children’s Book and Literacy Alliance. Read more…