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Picture Book On Rescue Dog after Loss of Pet

Loss of Pet Books for Kids

I was at the library the other day trying to find books for a silly list of picture book featuring chickens (after my silly list of Top 10: Best Old Fashioned (or Not) Picture Books Featuring Spunky Ducks). I had a list of 6 books I was trying to find and struck out completely. That was a first for me and I was surprised to come up dry because my library who claims to have every book ever published. Read more…

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Why It’s Impossible to Predict Earthquakes

Earthquake Science for Kids

I am really enjoying this science (fiction-y at times) blog called io9: We Come From the Future. Given the massive quake in Japan, this might be a great time to talk about geological science including how earthquakes hapen and why we can’t predict them. I’ve excerpted it below but you can see the full post here. Read more…

Kids Caught in the Act … of READING!

Kids Caught Reading!

Yikes! I am almost out of pictures of kids reading! Can you please send me more?! Yes, you! The one reading at work! Yes, yes, yes, I am talking to you. You know, the one in the cute outfit! Thanks so much! Please send to pragmaticmom.com@gmail.com. Read more…

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Human Evolution Theories, Internet Safety & More

Stuff for Kids: Human Evolution, Internet Safety and More

Here are some interesting posts. The first is on new theories of Human Evolution based on new genetic evidence from science fiction-y blog io9: We Come From the Future. The second is on internet safety from on my favorite group author blogs on middle grade literature, From the Mixed Up Files of Middle Grade Authors. The third is research on how kids who write about their anxieties before taking a test actually do better. Read more…

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RECALL: Dog Pig Ear Chews by Jones

Dog Pig Ear Recall: Salmonella Poses Risk to Humans and Dogs

Jones Natural Chews Co of Rockford, IL is recalling 2705 boxes of Pig Ears because it has the potential to be contaminated with SalmonellaSalmonella can affect animals and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products. Read more…

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Visual Dictionary: Free and Great For Science

Free Visual Dictionary Great for Teaching Kids Science

I’m part of a Yahoo homeschooling group that focuses on education and someone recommended this visual dictionary so I checked it out and it IS amazing for science or anything in which you need a visual explanation. Read more…

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Top 10: Best Klutz Activity Books for Girls

Best Klutz Books for Girls

My kids are obsessed with Klutz books.  I pow wow’d with Capability:Mom whose two daughters are a little older and this is our all time Top 10 list.  They make great gifts and also will keep your kids occupied for hours. Read more…

Wrinkles from A Wrinkle in Time

Great Science-y Middle Grade Fiction for ages 8-14

Since this post revolved around the space-time continuum and time travel, I wanted to include this link from my fav science (fiction-y) blog io9 on the 10 Coolest Time Machines in the Space Time Continuum. I think this is possibly the scenario for time travel by the laughing man in When You Reach Me. He had to travel in his birthday suit and could only carry what fit in his mouth– in his case, a small stack of notes. This is #3 on the Top 10 list by io9. Read more…

SAT Vocabulary Words from Picture Book A Little Bit of Winter

Picture Books that Build Vocabulary

My Kindergartener gets these words sent home and we are supposed to make an educational game around it by using these words during our conversations. I’m afraid we are not that together. Instead, I cut out the words and we ask him during dinner what he thinks each word means. If he gets it right, we move on to the next one. If he gets it wrong, we read the sentence, ask him again, and then explain it if he’s off. Then I throw the paper away — of course, this blog is my electronic filing system so it’s immortalized here. But we are not good at making it a game. Read more…