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Head Lice Remedies

Getting Rid of Lice

Thank you to Capability:Mom for sending me this video  from The Wall Street Journal on Remedies for Getting Rid of Head Lice.  I hope you are not battling lice, but if you are, please watch this helpful video to get a great overview of your options. Read more…

How Ancient Greek Statues Really Looked

In Living Color: What Ancient Greek Statues Looked Like

I found this from the Best of Digg.  For those interested in Ancient Greek Civilization, Greek Mythology, or just plain old Percy Jackson fans, check out this post from ColourLovers that depicts ancient Greek sculpture and how they really looked based on scientific research. Can you imagine how the ruins today must have really looked like back in the day?  It must have been amazing! Read more…

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Preschool is Best Job Training Program

Preschool is Best Job Training Says Nobel Economist

When Nobel-winning economist James Heckman studied the effects of job training, he found a curious thing. The job training most effective in getting people jobs is something they learned (or not!) in preschool! Read more…

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Top 10: Similarities Between Kane Chronicles by Riordan and Battle for Maat by Aly

Ancient Egypt Action Adventure Books for Kids

I was asked to join a blog tour for Egypt: The Uprising, Battle for Ma’at by Amira Aly. When I learned the book was about ancient Egypt and was an adventure series, I was sold. My going-int0-6th grader and I are huge Rick Riordan fans and love his Percy Jackson and Kane Chronicles series. Read more…

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Back to School: 7 Organizational Tips

7 Days: 7 Organizational Tips for Back to School

The new school year is already upon us, and that means big changes to the family routine and lots of new things on your to-do list. Kati Chevaux, organizational expert and editor at Cozi.com, the No. 1 online and mobile family calendar, recommends breaking down back-to-school preparation into simple daily tasks to keep it manageable. To help, she’screated a one-a-day checklist for the crucial week before school begins. Read more…

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U.S. Debt Crisis to Teach Your Kids About Finance

Personal Finance for Kids

Thank you to Capability:Mom for sending me this great article from the New York Times. It’s chock full of resources to take advantage of our U.S. Debt Crisis as a teachable moment for your children. Someone should be learning something valuable during this crisis and I’m not betting on our politicians! Read more…

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Back-to-School Spending is Frugal is Word of the Day

Back to School Spending is All About Frugality

According to NRF’s 2011 Back-to-School survey, conducted by BIGresearch, parents this year will make children scour their closets before agreeing to buy any new jeans, pencils or backpacks. Families with children in grades K-12 will spend an average of $603.63 on apparel, school supplies and electronics, within a few dollars of last year’s $606.40 average. Total spending on grades K-12 is expected to reach $22.8 billion. Combined K-12 and college spending will reach $68.8 billion, serving as the second biggest consumer spending event for retailers behind the winter holidays. Read more…
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Easy Chapter Book Series for Girls: Clementine

Clementine is the New Ramona Quimby

Clementine series by Sara Pennypacker

My oldest received the first book, Clementine, from her book club.  She liked it so much that we got the rest of this early chapter book series.  I noticed it won a Massachusetts Book Award in 2007.  Finally, the other day I found the books tucked away on a high bookshelf and read them and I can see why everyone loves them so much.  I’d describe them as Junie B. Jones in third grade…she’s nicer to her little brother now.  She still gets in trouble but her heart is as big as her imagination and she’s a lot of fun. Read more…

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Books for Kindergarten & 1st Grade

New Books for Kindergarten and First Grade

This is a great reading list of Caldecott picture books, early readers, non fiction and more from the Newton Free Library system. If you are part of the Minutemen library system, just click on link of book title to reserve.   Read more…