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Top 10: Japanese American Children’s Books (ages 2-16)

Best Japanese American Books for Kids

The story of Japanese immigration is also true for my own family history.  Changes in Japan during the Meiji Restoration from 1868 to 1912 wrought great changes in Japan as the country tried to modernize.  The old feudal system of titled landowners was abruptly stripped away, and the daimyo domains of titled landowners were turned into prefectures.   For those families including my own, they were forced to buy back their own lands as some of their lost lands included sacred family burial grounds.  To earn the money, large numbers of Japanese men found work in Hawaii in the pineapple and sugar cane plantations and from there, migrated to the mainland. Read more…

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Exploring Laos with Books for Kids, Culture and Art

Kids Explore Laos Through Books, Culture and Art

I received an offer via email to review this book and I was eager to cover Laos for my Teach Me Tuesday feature (which I am now doing every other week in an attempt to keep my posts to 3x a week and thus preserve my sanity since I am also launching a second blog, JadeLuckClub: Celebrating Asian American Creativity! which requires 3x a week posts as well). I asked her if she knew of any chapter book set in Laos or covering Laos or the Vietnam War. She didn’t know of any. I searched online but came up dry. Maybe you know of a middle grade chapter book set Laos? Can you please leave me a comment with your suggestions? Thank you. Read more…

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Kids’ Favorite Books: Children’s Choice Book Awards

Kids Give Book Award to Their Favorite Books

The Children’s Choice Book Awards is the only national children’s book awards program where winning titles are selected by young readers of all ages. The good news here is that there is a very high probability that your child will like these books too! The children (and teens) have spoken! These are their favorite books for 2011! Read more…

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Effective Study Habits: Modesty is More Effective!

How to Study Effectively

An article in Education Week cites new research on study skills from Williams College. The bottom line is, when students have to work harder to remember material, they are able to retrieve it more effectively. Read more…

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Kids Caught in the Act … of READING!

Kids Caught Reading!

Thank you to everyone who sent in photos of their darlings reading! I really appreciate it and always need more photos (please email PragmaticMom.com@gmail.com)! This week’s photos struck me how much these parents use great reading strategies to get their children to read (and to really love reading). Notice reader Jessyca who uses the thrill of a new magazine to get her kids excited to read. Read more…

Exciting Science Ideas for Kids: Science Project Ideas!

Science Project Ideas for Kids: Atlantis, Mermaids, Outer Space Mysteries

Both of these ideas come from a cool sci-fi science-y blog that I read called io9: We Come From the Future. And then I read an article from Education Week on how effective “informal science education” is. You know, like taking your kids to the zoo, signing them up for legos or robotics class, or a mad science after school club where girls can make their own lip gloss. Because the thing is, science is about discovery and, in the real world, through a series of trial and error, mostly error. Science is much less about memorizing mind-numbing factoids or cranking out problem sets which is, sadly enough, what it seems to be in school. Read more…

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Top 10: Best Baseball Chapter Books (ages 7-16)

Best Baseball Books for Kids

These books are from a Mom Blogger friend at CoffeeShopBloggers whose daughter is a sports fanatic and these were her favorite baseball books.  These books are appropriate for grades 3-5th.   The “…and Me” novels, also known as, the Baseball Card Adventures are fun because the child in the story travels back in time to meet a baseball legend.

I suspect that any little leaguer who might not love to read will enjoy these books! It might even inspire them to look at baseball equipment from Homerun Monkey and start playing baseball immediately. But I actually hope to get them reading! Read more…

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Sandals as Comfortable as Flip Flops

Best Sandals Based on Comfort for Moms

I grew up in a Southern California beach town, so you’d think that I’d have known about Sanuk for a while. Well … actually no. There are nary a surf shop near where I live but luckily my sister and her family came to visit last summer and she lives near the beach and a myriad of surf shops. She had a pair and she made me try them on (the pair above and now I own it too!). It was sooo much more cushiony than Reef flip-flops which I normally wear plus these were cuter. Sanuk is also ecologically friendly and are made of recycled yoga mats. Read more…

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Top 10: Secret Hidden Things in Picture Books

Goodnight Moon Secret Things to Spot

This list was challenging for me to put together. The first six were easy but then the digging got hard. Did you know that Goodnight Moon has a little white mouse hidden on the full page color illustrations? OK, it took me a while to learn about that. Read more…