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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…

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East Coast Earthquake … As Learning Opportunity for Kids!

Science of Earthquakes for Kids

I grew up in Southern California and experienced many an earthquake including the Northridge one which was quite memorable. Though many in my area felt the recent East Coast earthquake, it went unnoticed at my house. I think it was because we were all in the basement so we did not feel our house move at all. Still, this is a teachable moment for any child who might have anxiety or curiosity about earthquakes between this one and the huge one in Japan. Read more…

RECALL: Corned Beef (Libby, Kroger), Brushy Creek Shredded Beef & Roast Beef

Corned Beef and Canned Beef Recall

WASHINGTON, Sept. 13, 2010 –Sampco, Inc., a Chicago, Ill., establishment is recalling approximately 258,000 pounds of cooked beef products that were imported from an ineligible Brazilian establishment, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. Read more…

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How To: Find Out What Your Child is Doing at School

Spying On Your Kid at School? You too?!!

When you ask your child what he or she did at school, do you ever get a blank stare and the answer, “Nothing.”  Is the answer the same when you ask what he or she learned today?  Or whom he or she played with?  Frustrating? Read more…