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A Ball for Daisy, Chris Raschka, Caldecott

Top 10: Wordless Picture Books

Best Children’s Picture Books Without Words

It seems only fitting that a wordless picture book get the briefest of introductions. I didn’t really “get” wordless picture books when my kids were very young and learning to read. I thought that words WERE necessary to tell a story. And that the point of words in a picture book is to teach kids to read.  But now I am among the converted. Wordless picture books teach kids to use their imaginations. Read more…

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Gecko Chameleon? Can You Spot It?

Gecko Chameleon Anole?

We found this Gecko in Bermuda that I thought could change its colors like a Chameleon. I call it a Gecko Chameleon but then I actually did a little research and its real name is a Bermuda Anole or Antiguan Anole. Read more…

best books that deal with bullies, best books for kids that deal with bullying

Top 10: Best Picture and Chapter Books That Deal with Bullies

Books for Kids About Bullying

I have a very Politically Incorrect story to confess (my favorite kind!). My youngest is a boy and very small for his age. When he was in preschool — a wonderful preschool with an equally wonderful teacher and assistant teacher — another little boy his size bullied him by whacking him on several occasions with a block that is basically a 2 x 4 chunk of wood. I witnessed this during the wait time before the drop off. Read more…

sign language

Sign Language for Kids

Teaching Kids Sign Language

PickyKidPix has been learning sign language in class because there is a child who is hard of hearing. He’s been her classmate for three years now and it’s amazing to me how much sign language she’s picked up from just first grade, 2nd and 3rd grade. I asked her if she uses it and she says that she will sign with that boy even though his also has Cochlear implants. Sometimes signing is just less disruptive. Read more…

The magic of Fibonacci numbers

Math Fun for Kids: Math in Spirals

Books for Kids about Math of Spirals

It started with my son’s favorite picture book, Math Curse, where I could not get this pattern of numbers:

1, 1, 2, 3, 5 …

And who was this Fibonacci character anyway? I had a feeling that the name was not a random choice. Read more…

Dear Flyary

New Picture Book Reviews by My First Grade Son

New Picture Books for 1st Grade

A page from Dear Flyary, my son’s favorite new picture book!

My 7-year-0ld son in first grade reviews a large stack of newly published books. He ranks them by preference. #10 is his favorite and it’s not surprising to me that it’s Dear Flyary, a picture book for kids about a cute alien with a new vehicle. Read more…

Go Daddy

One Thing You Didn’t Know About Me & Win 3 Years Hosting with Go Daddy!

Why Go Daddy is My Go To

I didn’t know a lot about blogging when I started my blog two years ago. If my blog ever melted down, I called my blog template company. If I ever had an issue with blog speed home page loading, I’d call my hosting company. I was lucky that I hosted my blog on Go Daddy! Read more…

Book GIVEAWAY for Every Photo Received!

Great Books for Kids Caught In the Act of Reading

I would love to start up my Monday feature Caught in the Act … of Reading for this summer to as a reading strategy to keep kids reading this summer! To celebrate summer reading, I will be firing up this feature every Monday starting in June. Read more…

I love mom

Why God Made Moms (As Told by 2nd Grade Kids)

Humor for Moms: Kids Say the Darndest Things

Second grade kids have good theories on why god made moms. This will make you smile!

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