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Best Math Apps for Kids

Math Apps that Teach and Entertain Kids

I do think that math apps for the iPhone/iPad/iPod are a really fun way to learn and practice math. In some ways, very specific apps like the ones from iDevMath can serve as a private tutor for your child, teaching a concept step by step and provide problems for practice. Read more…

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Stand Up for Literacy for Girls Around The World

Stand Up for Literacy for Girls Virtual Rally

Thank you to PaperTigers Blog for posting on this virtual rally promoting literacy for girls all over the world! I stand alongside in solidarity and hope that you will too! Here’s a simple way to participate: Stand Up. At noon your time on September 22, take ten seconds to physically stand up wherever you are (wear the Stand Up for Girls Badge!) to give recognition and awareness to the movement. Read more…

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Top 10: Banned or Challenged Books to READ!

Why Read Banned and Challenged Books?

I was helping out at my school book fair last year, and I pointed out And Tango Makes Three to my son’s Kindergarten teacher as she was looking for good books to put in her pile. “This one is banned because the parents of the penguin are gay,” I told her. “I heard it was really good.” Read more…

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Best Books for 2nd Grade Girl but No Animals Talking, Fantasy or Adoption Themes

Best Books for 2nd Grade with Some Stipulations

I remember how difficult it was to find great books for kids once they’ve moved to chapter books but are not quite ready for Newbery books. Read more…

Effective Study Strategies and It’s Not What You Think!

How to Study Effectively; Surprising Ideas!

Here’s a follow up article to the New York Times article, Forget What You Know About Good Study Habits, by Sandhya Nankani and Holly Epstein Ojalvo.  Here’s an excerpt of how to apply the strategies in the classroom but it might be a fun thing to try with your kids at home as they study: Read more…

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Reading Strategies for Kids Who Hate Reading

How to get Reluctant Readers to Like Reading

This great post is from Canadian blogger, Rebecca Writes. All my posts on Reluctant Readers are here. Read more…

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Please Donate to RIF (Reading is Fundamental)

A Plea to Help Reading is Fundamental

This post is from KidLitosphere. I believe so strongly in RIF which puts books in the hands of children who can’t afford books. They have done such great work for decades that their recent budget cuts are horrifying! Please give … even if it’s only $5. By putting books into the hands of children who truly need them, you are opening doors and worlds for these children. I am going to donate right now! Read more…

Kids’ Sports: Winning versus Having Fun

What’s More Important? Winning or Having Fun?

So, here’s the thing about winning versus having fun:  it’s more fun to win than to lose.  I hate to sound all “not PC,” but that is the truth.  On the other hand, there is nothing more unattractive than a parent out of control on the sidelines screaming at their kids with the intensity of someone whose head might explode if their child doesn’t do exactly what s/he is screaming about.  That’s not pretty and sometimes this story ends tragically. Read more…

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Best Baby Shower Gift Ideas

Unique Baby Shower Present Ideas

I am partial to coordinating a group present and buying one big-ticket item for expectant parents. It’s not easy to pull off but I remember how daunting and expensive it was to get ready for a new baby. This is not to say that I am not buying cute outfits with matching socks and hats — this is my only chance to buy those these days and it’s so much fun to pick it out! But if I think back on what I really needed; items that are impactful, special, unusual, and thoughtful, this would be my secret fantasy list of what I would want. Read more…