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Chapter Books for 2nd Grade through 8th Grade

Best Chapter Books for 2nd Grade to 8th Grade

Please welcome Tanya who writes a fantastic children’s literature book blog  called Books4YourKids.  I am always struck by her great taste in books and now, after reading her list, I am itching to get my hands on these chapter books including Vanished. This is the third time it’s hit my radar. Read more…

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Best Books for Middle Schoolers: From Our Wonderful Middle School Librarian!

Best Books for Middle School Kids

My oldest daughter is lucky in that she has the best Middle School librarian who really cares about finding books that make kids excited to read. He posted this list on our school eNewsletter which is how I found it. I think that by Middle School, students pretty have a good sense of the types of chapter books that they like to read so his list, by genre, is particularly helpful. His list includes: Adventure/Mystery, Realistic Fiction, Humorous, Historical Fiction, Graphic Novels, Fantasy, Horror/Supernatural, Science Fiction, Biographies/Non-Fiction, and Poetry. There is something for any tween or teen on his list! Read more…

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Maple Sugaring Adventures!

Maple Sugaring in Massachusetts

I can’t believe that I’ve never taken the kids maple sugaring! And they really want to go so I researched places near and far in Massachusetts to make it happen this year! Right now I am leaning towards The Warren Farm.   Read more…

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Plan Family Activities with Car Insurance Savings

Save Money on Car Insurance and Reward Your Family

When buying a new car, finding affordable car insurance isn’t always a priority. Drivers often get caught up in the excitement of a new vehicle, not realizing that comparing several automobile insurance quotes can save just as much money over time as comparing several vehicle quotes before choosing the best price. Shopping around for car insurance when buying a new car can free up money every month to be spent on other vehicle expenses or fun family activities. Here are just a few ways to take advantage of the money you save after shopping around for car insurance. Read more…

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Best Alphabet Phonics Apps

Best Alphabet Apps for Kids

My Dad Friend James has been checking out alphabet phonics apps lately so I asked him for a summary of his findings as my kids are well past this stage. Here’s what he says… Read more…

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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…