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Text Talk: OMG! It’s time to think again!

Texting and Teens: Are They Losing Verbal Skills?

“2B oar knot 2B datz da ?” This famous sentence from Shakespeare’s Hamlet has been highlighted regularly as a line to distinguish between a love or hate for text talk. Read more…

L'Occitane UV Shield, brightening, anti-aging serum

Combating Winter Dry Skin with L’Occitane

Dry Winter Skin Banished with L’Occitane

Whenever I am at the mall, L’Occitane stops me dead in my tracks with a welcoming waft of lemon and lavender. It smells like sunshine and flowers and I find that I can’t resist going in. I was pleased to find that they have a new line of brightening, anti-aging products for face care. Now that I am staring down 50 in a few years, I am much more interested in anti-aging, brightening products than ever! My pick would be this and the UV protection is an added bonus: Read more…

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Pinterest Party! Here’s Your Invite!

Join the Pinterest Party

Usually, I am late to the party. Not an actual party because my husband and I are freakishly on time, but a social media new technology party. Yep, I’m not an early adopter.

Pinterest caught my eye while hosting a Twitter party for the Million Moms Challenge to help women in developing countries deliver babies safely and get access to medical care. I was intrigued so I applied to join. There was, apparently, a wait list, but I was in the next day. Read more…

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3rd Grade Reader Challenge for Hockey Books

Hockey Books for 3rd Grade Boys

I’m continuing my search for books that my 3rd grade reluctant reader friend who likes funny will read. He’s a very sporty kid but his mom says his favorite sport is hockey and she hasn’t had luck finding any books on this sport. There are plenty of baseball and basketball books, and he plays those sports and more, but she thinks that if I can find hockey, he’ll read them happily. This is part of the reading strategies we’re coming up with. I’m excited to get him reading so I searched and found these hockey chapter books including early chapter books, fiction, non-fiction and biography. Read more…

Massachusetts Book Award for kids books

Massachusetts Book Award Books for 3rd through 7th Grade

Massachusetts Children’s Book Award 2012

My elementary school has a reading challenge asking all 5th graders to read every book on the list during the school year. There are always great picks that include Newbery winners with a range of chapter books from 3rd grade through 8th grade. These are not all newly published books either, so you should be able to easily find them at your school or public library. Read more…

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6th Grade Reader Challenge: Books Like The Hunger Games

6th Grade Action Adventure Books

The cobbler’s kids have no shoes. That’s how I felt when my oldest announced that she has NOTHING to read so she might as well re-read The Hunger Games series for the 4th time and the Twilight series for the 2nd time. Oops. I thought I better have at it. Read more…

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Funny Books for 3rd Grade Boy: Reluctant Reader Challenge

My mom friend Julie’s son just finished the chapter book series Diary of a Wimpy Kid series and then panic set in for her and sadness for her son. He loved Diary of a Wimpy Kid which I think is one of the best early chapter books for kids to get them excited about reading, but alas, a new one needs to come out or reading will be a nightly struggle. She is a teacher herself and feels that children and reading can be a struggle in the early elementary school years. We put our heads together for reading strategies to make reading for kids more fun, especially for her son!

I had posted on Spawn of Diary of a Wimpy Kid so I brought in a selection of chapter books to yoga (we do yoga together) and gave her a brief synopsis of each one. Only a few were going to fly, but hey!, that’s ok! It’s really interesting that her son rejects all Dan Gutman books including baseball chapter books because he’s a really sporty kid. You name it, he plays it and plays it well. But the crux is: not funny. He needs funny! Funny makes him want to read more. I think these reading strategies will work. He just needs more chapter books for boys like Dairy of a Wimpy Kid.

Wish us luck!

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Bloggiesta: Improving My Blog Challenge!

Blog Improvement with Bloggy Friends

I’m joining the Bloggiesta Weekend Challenge hosted by It’s All About Books. This is what it is: Read more…

Celebrating Dr. Seuss’ Birthday Today!

Celebrating Dr. Seuss on His Birthday!

My latest revelation (and I’m always late to the party) is that an author that I’ve always loved as did my children, Theo (Theodore) LeSieg is ACTUALLY Dr. Seuss (a.k.a. Theodor Geisel). He has more pseudonyms than an international espionage agent! Our very favorite book and probably the first book that my kids read on their own delighted in their ability to decode is Ten Apples Up on Top but I wish That I Had Duck Feet is a close second favorite book of all time. Read more…