All posts by

Percy Jackson, The Lost Hero, Rick Riordan, ancient greece and rome,,, Pragmatic Mom, PragmaticMom

Celebrities in Togas, Roman vs. Greek Gods, The Lost Hero, and more…

Greek and Roman Gods: Mythology for Kids

It all started innocently enough.  I had just finished The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan, the first book in his new chapter book series post Percy Jackson.  It’s a great read and I highly recommend it, as does my 5th grade daughter.  (Don’t worry, Percy and Annabeth are in the series).  Roman versus Greek Gods were occupying my mind. Riordan does a great job converging the two sets of seemingly similar deities yet pointing out the differences between the two (who knew?!).  I was always more partial to the Greek Gods myself and now I know why.  They were the gentler, kinder version.  Less warlike. More human.  More … interesting. Read more…

Kayan woman women elongated necks neck rings Pragmatic Mom women body image

Million Moms Challenge: Healthy Body Image for Girls

Healthy Body Image for Girls

If anyone ever needed a boob job, it would be me. And there are times — shopping for bathing suits, for example, post nursing — when I thought deeply and seriously about it. But what’s held me back is this imaginary conversation that I picture myself having with either of my two daughters, now 9 and 11. Read more…

best books about teachers who change lives, best books to gift to teachers, best kids books about teachers,

Top 10: Best Children’s Books Featuring Life-Changing Teachers (ages 4-12)

Books for Kids About Teachers Who Change Lives

As we ease into the summer and reflect on the our children’s past school year, it is the teacher who makes the difference between a great year and a mediocre or worse year.  I am sure that I am not alone in sending up prayers to get particular teachers for my kids next year.  This list is an homage to the exceptional teachers everywhere who dedicate their lives to making a difference.  And they absolutely do!  One day, one of their students may even write about their exception teacher as in the case of  a few of the books selected below. Read more…

advanced picture books, picture books, book club for boys

Top 10: Picture Books for 5th Grade

Advanced Picture Books That Teach Compassion

I’m starting a new little boy book club for my son and his best friend from when he was 15 months. The issue is that his best friend is a grade older. And his second best friend is two grades older. The moms are game to do a book club but I wanted to make sure the book  selections appeal to boys in grades 1 through 3 without going into chapter book territory. I decided to delve into the world of advanced picture books which I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE for rich vocabulary and the ability to transport into another culture, time or place. Read more…

vintage typewriter,how to type touch, type, keyboard, teaching kids to type

Best Apps to Teach Kids to Keyboard

Best Apps to Teach Kids to Touch Type

My brother-in-law is trying to get his kids to learn keyboarding skills. After surveying what is out there on the market, he picked Typing Instructor Platinum and had this to say after purchasing it and having his two kids try it out: Read more…

Use Songs to Teach Kids Spanish

Spanish Songs to Teach Kids Spanish

A reader had asked for Spanish CD suggestions for children.  I happened to be at Lakeshore Learning, a teachers’ supply store, where I bought a really good one a long time ago and it was still there! Read more…

Owls and Bats connections between animal PragmaticMom Pragmatic Mom picture books and science links

Science of Owls and Bats Through Picture Books

Fun and Easy Science of Owls and Bats for Kids

I just posted on the SAT vocabulary words in the wonderful, classic picture book Stellaluna. My first grader and I read this book the other night, and at the beginning of the book, Stellaluna’s mother is trying to escape from an owl. My son quickly ran to his room to get Owl Babies, another favorite picture book of ours. We talked about the connections: perhaps it was the owl babies’ mother that was trying to catch Stellaluna’s mom as food for them?!! The owl babies also fear that a fox might get their mom. Read more…

alpana white, diwali, rickshaw girl activity for book club,, Pragmatic Mom, PragmaticMom

Bangladesh: Culture, Alpanas, Children’s Books, Recipe and More!

Bangladesh: Children’s Books, Crafts, Art and More

I know that I was a little vague in my post, Lessons From the Dog Park Applied to My Blog, about Teach Me Tuesdays in that I simply proposed that we learn together.  Then I remembered the advice that DesignTrackMind gave me:  “Explore different countries.  Add in fashion and interior design.  Recipes are good but you HAVE to make it first.”  Don’t you love it yet hate it when you get advice so dead on that it calls you out?  Like I’d post a recipe that I’ve never made myself??!!  Ok, she knows me too well. Totally busted. Read more…

picture books with math concepts, picture books, math

Round Up of Great Links From Some Inspirational Blogs!

Best Blogs for Moms and Mommy Bloggers

These are some links that inspire me this week. Posts that I wish I had written or thought up. Reminders to edit a little tighter and to make learning more fun. Read more…