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Learn to Multiply in 5 MINUTES!

Multiplication in an Easy Visual Way

My youngest is going into first grade and he loves math. I asked him if he wanted to learn to multiply in five minutes and he said, “Yes!” And so we started reading the Multiply and Divide with Sticks and Steps by Maureen Stearns which is a method of multiplication which is beautifully simple and visual. She also promises that this method takes just 5 minutes to learn! And it does too. In 5 minutes, your child will be multiplying! Read more…

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Best YA Books for Boys But Why Aren’t There More?

Best Young Adult Books for Teen Boys

“At an American Library Association conference in 2007, HarperCollins dressed five of its male young adult authors in blue baseball jerseys with our names on the back and sent us up to bat in a panel entitled “In the Clubhouse.” We were meant to demystify to the overwhelmingly female audience the testosterone code that would get teenage boys reading. Whereas boys used to lag behind girls in reading in the early grades, statistics show, they soon caught up. Not anymore. Read more…

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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, 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…