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Middle School Books Hot off the Presses

Great New Books for Middle School Kids

This great list is from the Newton Free Library system. I find that they have great book lists but sometimes there are so many of them that they are challenging to locate on the website. I was at my first Middle School Curriculum night and my daughter’s English teacher (who is her favorite teacher so far!) said that he expects his students to read 250 minutes a week. He wants them to get in the groove of reading because stats show that reading drops off at seventh and eighth grade and he’s hoping that won’t happen if the kids get some momentum. Here’s hoping! Read more…

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How To: Install Infant Car Seat Correctly

Installing an Infant Car Seat Correctly

This week is Child Passenger Safety Week, so in honor of that, here are two links to make sure that your most precious cargo of all is safe. Read more…

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Musings about Home Security Systems

Do You Need a Home Security System?

Do you ever wonder about the value of a home security system versus a sign that says you have a home security system? Read more…

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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…