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RECALL: Graco Quattro and Metrolite Strollers (4 infant deaths)

Stroller Recall: Graco and Metrolite

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in cooperation with Graco Children’s Products Inc., of Atlanta, Ga., is announcing the recall of about 2 million Graco strollers due to risk of entrapment and strangulation. CPSC and Graco have received four reports of infant strangulation that occurred in these strollers between 2003 and 2005. In addition, CPSC is aware of five reports of infants becoming entrapped, resulting in cuts and bruises, and one report of an infant having difficulty breathing. Read more…

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Learning Mandarin Chinese Words, 40 Most Common Characters

Learn Chinese Words: 40 Easy Characters

This is from my oldest child’s Chinese teacher at school. These are the 40 most common Chinese characters. The chart shows the pronunciation, stroke order, and how the character is used in other, more complicated characters. Try drawing these with a calligraphy brush and a Chinese ink stone. Read more…

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4 Tips to Get Kids with ADHD to Read

How to Get ADHD Kids Reading

I didn’t know that Percy Jackson author, Rick Riordan, has a son who has ADHD and is dyslexic which is also true of Percy Jackson.  I love how Riordan made ADHD and dyslexia part of the storyline that shows the gifts that also come with ADHD and dyslexia — fast reflexes, ability to read Ancient Greek, etc. Read more…

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Halloween Picture Books and Chapter Books

Halloween Chapter Books for Kids

I’m not one to buy Halloween presents for my kids, but if I did, I’d buy each of them a book from this list. I would, however, pick a Halloween themed books for my children’s book clubs if I were hosting in October. The great thing is that kids, mine at least, like these books year around. Halloween is probably a kids’ favorite holiday! Read more…

Halloween Ghosting: A Tradition in My Town That My Kids LOVE!

Halloween Ghosting: A Neighborhood Tradition

“Boo!! You’ve Been Ghosted!”

This friendly “Ghost” has come your way, now pass 2 more on within 2 days!

Choose two neighbors, friends that will join in! Let the door to door “Ghosting” begin! Read more…

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Winning the Lottery: The Opportunity to Try VBAC

VBAC: Vaginal Birth After Cesarean

I was really lucky when it came time to finding an obstetrician. I asked a Dad Work Friend whose wife is an anesthesiologist and she recommended an OB for me that, as I came to find out, was impossible to get because she’s a high risk pregnancy specialist and these are in short supply at Mass General Hospital. My OB is also popular, I suspect, because she’s funny and down-to-earth. She’s someone you’d want to hang out with. Read more…

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Best Multicultural YA Books for Teens

Best Multicultural Young Adult Books

I found this on a great blog that I follow called  PaperTigers that covers multi cultural KidLit and literacy around the world. They took YALSA‘s (Young Adult Library Services Association) has just released their 2012 Best Fiction for Young Adults Nominations list and culled out the multi-cultural books. The books nominated have been published within the past 16 months, are recommended for ages 12 – 18, and meet the criteria of both good quality literature and appealing reading for teens. Read more…

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Top 10: Best Native American Middle School Books

Best Native American Chapter Books for Middle School

This is part 2 of the 3 part series on Top 10:  Best Native American Children’s Books by Debbie Reese.  She is the authority on this topic.  This list has her top picks for middle school chapter books. For her Top 10 list of Picture Books, please click here.   Read more…

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Learning Through Gaming from a 3rd Grade Teacher!

3rd Grade Learning Through Gaming Ideas

Ananth Pai is a third-grade über teacher at Parkview/Center Point Elementary school in Maplewood, Minnesota. He uses online games to teach and it’s a rousing success as measured by test results. Pai says that in a matter of four months, the class’s reading and math scores went from below average for third grade to mid-fourth-grade level. His site is here. Read more…