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Great Reading List for 2nd and 3rd Grade

New Chapter Books for 2nd Grade and 3rd Grade

This is a great reading list from the Newton Free Library system. If you are part of the Minutemen library system, just click on link of book title to reserve. 

Other lists include:

Great Reading List of New Books: Kindergarten and 1st Grade Read more…

10 Things Autistic Children Wish You Knew

Ten Things You Should Know about Autism

I found this great summary by Autumn Rain Creations who summarized a book by Ellen Notbohm called Ten Things Every Child with Autism Wishes You Knew and I just shortened her summary.  But do go to her blog if you want more details.  Or check out the book at the library. Read more…

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Books for 5th Grade and 6th Grade

New Books for 5th Grade and 6th Grade

This great list is from my local library, the Newton Free Library. If you are part of the Minuteman Library System, just click on the title to reserve the book. These lists have a great mix of graphic novels, non-fiction, poems, fiction, audio books and more. I have more lists here: Read more…

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How To Drive Your Mom Crazy Every Morning!

How Do Your Kids Drive You Crazy in the Morning?

I’m glad this is not just me! Read more…

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WeightNot Diet System has 90% Success Rate

Weight Loss Program That Works

Normally diet programs don’t make it on my radar system. They all seem to be over hyped and the results don’t seem to be sustainable. I’m not one for fad diets either. Again, it’s the question of sustainability. There are two things that I believe in for diets. 1) You have to TOTALLY change your habits in a way that you can do it forever and 2) Everyone around you needs to do the same. Read more…

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Good Study Habits Are Not What You Think!

Studying in Same Place is Not Effective!

Wow!  Everything I thought about good study habits is wrong!

Here are the bullet points to the New York Times article:

  • For instance, instead of sticking to one study location, simply alternating the room where a person studies improves retention.
  • So does studying distinct but related skills or concepts in one sitting, rather than focusing intensely on a single thing.
  • Zero proof that children have specific learning styles, that some are “visual learners”and others are auditory; some are “left-brain” students, others “right-brain.”
  • Varying the type of material studied in a single sitting — alternating, for example, among vocabulary, reading and speaking in a new language — seems to leave a deeper impression on the brain than does concentrating on just one skill at a time.
  • The finding undermines the common assumption that intensive immersion is the best way to really master a particular genre, or type of creative work, said Nate Kornell, a psychologist at Williams College and the lead author of the study.
  • Cognitive scientists do not deny that honest-to-goodness cramming can lead to a better grade on a given exam. But hurriedly jam-packing a brain is akin to speed-packing a cheap suitcase.
  • “The idea is that forgetting is the friend of learning,” said Dr. Kornell. “When you forget something, it allows you to relearn, and do so effectively, the next time you see it.”
  • “Testing has such bad connotation; people think of standardized testing or teaching to the test,” Dr. Roediger said. “Maybe we need to call it something else, but this is one of the most powerful learning tools we have.” Read more…

Jamaica Plain Library PJ Party Storytime!

Pajama Storytime for Kids Event near Boston

Come for a Pajama Storytime with Matilda and Maxwellat the Jamaica Plain Public Library! Dress in your pjs, eat some snacks, and hear the story of best friends Matilda and Maxwell, who have trouble falling asleep in their own beds. Meet the author, book signing, and question/answer period will follow. Read more…

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10 Tough Job Interview Questions

Questions for Job Interviews to Prepare For

I found this great article through a LinkedIn group but it’s actually from Forbes. I had been working on resumes lately for friends (I’m great at other people’s resumes from years of reading thousands of resumes from working in staffing but not so much for my own), and one of my mom friends who wants to return back to work after staying home for about a decade was grilled on question number 1. It seemed that her would be employer could not get over the fact that she was a stay-at-home mom who wanted to return back to work. Strange but true. Read more…

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Books for 4th Grade and 5th Grade

New Chapter Books for 4th and 5th Grade

This is a great list of chapter books from my library (Newton Free Library). If you are a member of the Minuteman Library System, you can click on the title of the book to reserve. Other lists include:

Great Reading List of New Books: Kindergarten and 1st Grade Read more…