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Grossan Hydro Pump, Braun for Nose, Netti Pot substitute, Netti Pot, pollen allergies, Spring pollen fix

Neti Pot, an Ayurvedic Remedy For Pollen Allergies

Neti Pot Effective Pollen Allergy Cure

After reading about the amoeba problem (that kills you) with the Netti Pot if you don’t use sterilized water, my Mom Friend Gwen found something better. It’s called the Grossan Hydro Pulse Nasal and Sinus Irrigation System, developed by a doctor. It’s like a Braun toothbrush system but for your nose/sinuses. It’s $78. She swears by it and I want to get one if I can make space for it in our tiny bathroom. Read more…

Barefoot World Atlas App, iPad app, geography for kids, Barefoot Books

World Atlas Book and New iPad App!

World Atlas Book and App

The new Barefoot World Atlas app for iPad looks great! I am excited to get my kids to use it because they have a shaky knowledge of world geography. $7.99. Read more…

ABC of Me PragmaticMom Pragmatic Mom

ABC’s of Me

ABCs to Learn about Me

I first read about this from CraftWhack who got it from Two Adults, One Brown Baby. Then, Doodles and Jots did it, and she says she got the idea from  Mrs. Irritation,  Saly, as well as the aforementioned CraftWhack and Two Adults, One Brown Baby. So I am joining this bandwagon! Learn more about me by reading my ABCs. Read more…

La Rambla, Las Ramblas, feeding pigeons, Barcelona

Barcelona: Birds, Pickpocketers, and Barca Futbul

Barcelona Family Vacation

The kids and I have been studying Spanish for years with very little success. My oldest started at 4 and her siblings even younger. My fantasy for early foreign language skills was so that we could go to a Spanish-speaking country and actually be able to get around IN SPANISH, with the kids speaking helpful phrases with their perfect accents. Yeah, this is still a fantasy! Read more…

multiplication, multiply, multiplication strategies, multiplication tips and tricks, how to multiply,

More Multiplication Tricks: Strategies from Kids and Teacher That Work!

Easy Strategies to Learn Multiplication Facts

I was in my middle daughter’s 3rd grade classroom today as the guest reader when I found this gem on the white board.  My daughter chose Danny, the Champion of the World by Roald Dahl so I read the first few chapters to the class which has  the story of The B.F.G. (Big Friendly Giant) snuck in.  The B.F.G. is another book by Roald Dahl that kids seem to consistently rave about and many of the kids in her class had already read it and nodded their heads happily when I asked them if they liked it.  I was able to tell them about Roald Dahl Day in England — September 13, his birthday — and her teacher is planning an author study this Spring which will make my daughter very happy because she is chugging along through all his books. Read more…

months of the year picture books for kids

Teach Kids Months of the Year with Easy Rhyme

Months of the Year Rhymes

I volunteered in my 2nd grader’s class today for “writer’s workshop” and typed up lovely poems for a half hour but I was a little early and found this winner posted on the her classroom wall.  I used the days of the week song to teach my kids as preschoolers the days of the week, which isn’t much of a song but goes… Read more…

What Comes Darkly Thieves, Ben Rubin, picture book

A Dark Eric Carle-Like Picture Book

Eric Carle-Like Picture Book

If there was yang to Eric Carle’s yang, then this would be When Comes What Darkly Thieves by Ben Rubin. It has a folk tale fable quality to it but with an openness and makes a child ask over and over again, “Why?” Read more…
Smiley Book of Colors, picture book of smiley faces found in everyday objects, Pragmatic Mom

The Smiley Book of Colors. Picture Book GIVEAWAY!

Picture Book of Smiles in Unexpected Places

This book makes me smile. I can attest that it appeals to older kids because my 6th grader snagged it when it arrived and asked to keep it.

The Smiley Book of Colors by Ruth Kaiser is a clever picture book that captures smiley faces in everyday objects. It also teaches colors. An upside red purse is really a smiley face! Can you see it? What I love about it is that it also teaches kids to see, REALLY see, like an artist. Is there a smiley face lurking about? Probably! You just have to see it. Read more…

The Final Four, Paul Volponi, middle grade chapter book, chapter book, YA, basketball chapter book, books for boys,

March Madness Book for Boys: The Final Four

March Madness Basketball Book for Teen Boys

My kids have an elementary school reading competition conjured brilliantly up by our wonderful gym teacher and our old literacy specialist. Each class draws a team from the NCAA. They get extra points as their team advances but most of the points come from reading during the month of March and the scoring method is based on amount of time spent reading. Two grades compete against each other (K versus first grade,  and 2nd – 5th Grade). The winning class wins an extra session of Physical Education. Read more…