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Week 3: Summer Math Review for Incoming 2nd Grade

Summer Math Review for 2nd Grade

Ready for week 3 of summer math review for incoming second grade kids? My son is doing this week by week. We try to do it as mental math problems first. Read more…

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Week 1 of Camp Mom or Why I Can’t Keep a Routine

Books For Beginning Readers at Camp Mom

My two girls are in Ohio visiting their cousins so it’s just me and my 7-year-old-going-into-2nd grade son who opted to stay home instead of attending day camp this week. I thought I’d try out the Camp Mom schedule I posted on, but I find that we don’t ever have a full day of unscheduled time and also that I can’t keep to a set routine. Still, it was helpful to switch in and out of the different modules. Here’s my Camp Mom diary. How is your Camp Mom going if you are doing this too? Read more…

You’re Not Special: Graduation Speech

You Are Not Special Graduation Speech

David McCullough Jr., an English teacher at Wellesley High School, gave this funny and provocative high school graduation speech. It’s one town over from where I live. In fact, I live on the side that borders Wellesley. Except for Wellesley being more homogeneous, our kids are growing up in a very similar way.

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Kids Caught in the Act … of READING This Summer!

Summer Reading List for Kids

Do your kids need an incentive to read this summer? Tell them that if you send me a photo of them Caught In the Act … of READING! I’ll send them a book! How is your summer going?

Here are more kids caught in the act of reading!! Read more…

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Hat Trick: For Us and For Lionel Messi

Soccer Books for Dads and Lionel Messi’s Hat Trick

Three time’s a charm.

This was our third attempt to see Messi play soccer. Our D.C. trip to watch Barcelona versus Manchester United resulted in a loss for Barcelona as well as no Messi on the field. Our trip to Barcelona, Spain was booked before the La Liga schedule of games. Again, no Messi but we visited Camp Noa twice and walked by his old dorm. Read more…

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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…