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How To: Keep Kids Active in the Winter

Keeping Kids Active During Winter

My Dad Friend from work sent me the first link to Back Country Skiing and in doing so, I discovered this great blog by a Harvard Mom who now writes this blog for the Appalachian Mountain Club for kids while pursuing her love of rock climbing and back country skiing. Winter is starting to drag on here at our house, so this is my pep talk to myself to embrace winter by trying something new. Our older kids tried snowboarding for the first time and we got our youngest on a snow tube (he loved it!), skis (he liked it!), and ice skates (he hates it!). Read more…

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Send a Mom to Congress!

Mom Congress

Now accepting nominees for our third annual Mom Congress on Education and Learning Conference!! One outstanding mom from every state to receive an all-expense paid trip to Washington, DC to attend Parenting’s 2012 Mom Congress on Education and Learning conference April 29-May 1, 2012. The 51 lucky winners will be celebrated at a three-day event where they’ll connect with the nation’s leading education experts and moms across the country to exchange ideas about the best ways to improve our nation’s schools. Read more…

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Questions About Bullying and How to Prevent? The Detroit Free Press Taking Questions This Week!

How to Prevent Bullying Questions Answered

Do you have questions about bullying? Are you worried your child is being bullied, or that your child may be a bully? Bullying doesn’t end in school. Do you have to deal with a bully at work?

The Detroit Free Press is taking your questions about bullying this week. Read more…

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Best Chapter Books for 4th Grade by 4th Grade Girl

Best Chapter Books for 4th Grade by my 4th Grade Daughter

To get my middle daughter to write this post, I had to do two things:

1) Plug her blog called Picky Kid Pix in which she reviews the few items in her life that make her cut.

2) Just type exactly what she says.

These are her words, not mine:

I think that every chapter book is boring in the beginning. Maybe the second or third chapter is when it starts getting good. Just keep reading.

This is her advice to any kids who read these books, or any chapter book in general. Read more…

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Concussion in Winter Sports: How to Prevent and Identify

Concussion Symptoms to be Concerned About

My middle school’s school nurse just sent this out and I thought this was great information.

Here are concussion symptoms from The Mayo Clinic: Read more…

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More 2012 KidLit and YA Awards: Sibert, Stonewall, Morris and YALSA

Best Young Adult and Children’s Books of 2012

Here are the rest of the 2012 Children’s and Young Adult book awards…”The American Library Association (ALA) today announced the top books, video and audiobooks for children and young adults – including the Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, Newbery and Printz awards – at its Midwinter Meeting in Dallas.” Read more…

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2012 Newbery, Caldecott, Printz Winners

Newbery, Caldecott and Printz Winners of 2012

Congrats to all the authors, illustrators, publishers, friends and family who helped in the creation of all these wonderful books! Which books have you and your kids read and which ones do you recommend? Please share!

p.s. I also posted on the Silbert, Morris, Stonewall and Non-Fiction YALSA here. Read more…

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Books for Kids Who Hate Reading

Books for Kids Who Hate to Read

I discovered this really excellent list of chapter books to hook reluctant readers by SchoolBusProject.com.  I love how it’s organized by topics and also that it has a range of books within each topic for different ages and abilities. Finally, I love how the books are so well chosen out with many award winning chapter books across a whole jumble of children’s book awards as well as kids books that they will truly enjoy.  Even if your child is not a reluctant reader, scan the list. There are discoveries waiting to be made here! Read more…

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A Wrinkle in Time: Can You Believe It’s Been 50 Years?!

50 Years of A Wrinkle in Time

I remember reading A Wrinkle in Time about — dating myself — 35 years ago and how much I loved this Newbery winning chapter book and this author. It was as if entire worlds opened up for me; suddenly science was something mysterious and exciting, as it should be, not something to toil over and memorize. Read more…