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Caught in the Act … of READING!

Kids Caught in the Act of Reading!

Thank you to everyone who send in photos or who retweeted my urgent plea for more photos! And yay! More came in which is great because I was almost out. Thank you, thank you, thank you to children’s picture book and chapter book author Erica S. Perl for sending me a slew of cute photos of her kids who clearly love to read. I saw Erica a few years ago at her book signing at the Wellesley Booksmith when Chicken Butt! came out. My Mom Friend, Lynn, was her old neighbor when they both lived in Cambridge and when we were in a book club for our preschoolers, the book was 93 in My Family by Erica S. Perl (which has helpful suggestions on how to use her books at her site). Read more…

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2 Hours of Screen Time Contributes to Mental Health Problems

Let’s Celebrate Screen Free Week Together

Screen Free Week – April 18-24, 2011
Sponsored by Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood (CCFC)
Turn off screens and turn on life: time to unplug and play, read, daydream, create, explore, and spend time with families and friends.
http://www.commercialfreechildhood.org/screenfreeweek/ Read more…
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Top 10: Best African-American Picture Books (ages 4-12)

African-American History Through Picture Books

This Top 10 list of African-American Picture Books is different for me, because rather than list the books from favorite to most favorite as I usually do, I chose instead to list the books in historical chronology such that each book touches on a significant period or event of African-American history in the United States.  If you read all 10 (and please use your library for this!), you and your child will get a sense of history through picture books.  Because each picture books tells its own powerful story, I am hoping you and your child will get images and vignettes that will linger in your mind. Read more…

(Free) Developmental Disabilities Literacy Promotion Guide

Developmental Disabilities Literacy Promotion Guide for Parents

Reach Out and Read in partnership with CVS Caremark has created a new and FREE  literacy guide for children with a range of developmental disabilities. It was developed for Pediatricians and Pediatric health care providers but I think it’s appropriate and helpful for parents as well. Knowledge is power, right? Read more…

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The National Mythology Exam: Take the Exam or Just Learn Yourself

Mythology for Kids: The National Mythology Exam

I sent in the exam yesterday. My daughter had 40 minutes to complete the first section which consisted of 40 multiple choice questions. It didn’t take that long. What will be interesting is to see how she does because she loves, loves, loves mythology but she did not have the right books to prepare for this examination nor the desire to study. And why should she? This was just for fun. If she gets a certificate or not, either way, it’s no big deal. Truly, the certificate would have eventually ended up in the trash anyway. I did buy TODAY (so too late for the party!) all the books on the list except for D’aulaire’s Book of Greek Myths, The Iliad, The Odyssey, and The Aeneid. Read more…

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Rocks and Minerals Science for Kids Especially GIRLS!

Earth Science for Girls: Rocks and Minerals!

It’s not surprising that girls love geology, as in rocks and minerals. Boys do too, but it’s just a hop, skip and a jump from rocks and minerals to jewelry and gems. My oldest had a pretty good rock and mineral collection but finally, after giving her room a solid purging, they ended up in the side garden where they sparkle in a tempting way every time we walk past them going in and out of the car. The rocks and minerals were gathered mostly from Museums of Sciences in various cities from the gift shops where there is a flat fee for the filled pouch. Read more…

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Kids Caught in the Act … of READING!

Kids Caught Reading

Thank you to everyone who sent in pictures. Yikes, I am almost out of them. Will you please send me more? Thanks! Please email to pragmaticmom.com(at)gmail(dot)com.

This week we have picture book author Erica S. Perl with two great photos (and more to come as she generously sent me four!). Marci, a Special Education Reading Recovery teacher helps kids learn to read and comprehend even if they are up to 5 years behind their peers! She’s true unsung hero in our community! Finally, thank you to Capability:Mom with some cuties reading. Read more…

My DIY New Header Artwork and Avatar

DIY New Header Cost Blood, Sweat, Tears and $29

You might have noticed that my header now magically fits. It’s all due to my good Twitter friend @IanChia who read my post and volunteered to fix all the size issues I had with my header plus added the snazzy shadowing effect. He also made the image clearer by fixing some pixel-ation problem that occurred during my insane process of copying, scanning, and shrinking. He’s one of the most helpful and knowledgeable Twitter friends I’ve made in the education space, so much so, that I thought he was some super educator dude down under. Read more…

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Repurposed Jewelry from Nostalgic Summer

Vintage Jewelry Find: Nostalgic Summer

I am in a LinkedIn blogging group called Bloggers Helping Bloggers and we are all trying to get a DIY education in blogging. I do try to dispense advice (please everyone, add a Feedburner email subscription!). The bloggers are mostly new and blog on a wide range of topics; everything under the sun from resume advice, photography techniques to fart jokes.  Nostalgic Summer was my favorite one. She takes old jewelry and, by combining bits and pieces, creates a new and lovely one-of-a-kind necklace. Read more…