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Caught in the Act … of READING!

Kids Caught Reading!

Thank you to everyone who sent in these great photos. This week is a great assortment of kids reading to their pets, walking and reading (all the while in cool sunglasses), and learning math through consumption! THANK YOU! And please be sure to check out their great blogs! Please, please, please keep the photos coming. You can email them to me at pragmaticmom.com(at)gmail(dot)com. Read more…

SAT Vocabulary Words for Kindergarteners from Caps for Sale

SAT Vocabulary Words in Picture Books for Kindergarten

My son’s Kindergarten teacher is really up on the latest ideas on early childhood education. She believes in big words for little people and uses these six new words during daily conversations at school and during activities. We are also encouraged to use them at home and to make a game out using them. So I asked my 6-year-old son what “ordinary” means and he gave me this long-winded story about how from one day to the next, the books in the bookshelves of an “ordinary” day would not be disturbed. I think the smile/laugh value of hearing kids relate these words to their every day lives is well worth this exercise. I think the same of my son’s karate class — it’s like an episode of Saturday Night Live, only actually funny.

These words came from Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina, one of my favorite old-fashioned picture books!! Read more…

Free eStory for World Read Aloud Day

Free eBook for Kids

Be There BedTime Stories has generously offered another FREE estory, a $10 value,  to one of my readers. First one to leave a comment will win. Thank you Be There BedTime Stories! Read more…

How much do you make?, teacher video

Argument for Higher Pay for Teachers

Why Teachers are Severely Underpaid

I spent the last week in three parent-teacher conferences and my takeaway is that all my kids’ teachers are amazing. We are so lucky to have great teachers at our school. It probably isn’t a coincidence that elementary school has great teachers: average teacher salaries are $76k, our teachers get 1/2 days on Tuesday for development and training  plus various 1/2 days on Thursdays, and the parents at my school shoulder their fair share of the burden — we attend curriculum night, show up for our parent-teacher conferences, hire tutors if our kids are behind (or ahead), and make sure the homework gets done day after day. Read more…

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Barefoot Book Fairy

Multicultural Books for Kids from Barefoot Books

I recently reconnected with the folks at Barefoot Books and I was so impressed by how they handled my feedback that I am now a very satisfied customer ready, willing and able to sing their praises far and wide. To me, it’s a superb example of extremely great customer service. Read more…

Gorgeous Tulip Bulbs Remarkably Cheap

Buy Tulip Bulbs Discounted during Summer to Enjoy in Spring!

A little reminder:  now is when I hunt down cheap tulip bulbs and store them in my garage until November.  I get mine at The Christmas Tree Shop.  Buy them now.  Store until your garden dies down.  Then plant.  And enjoy tremendously next spring! Read more…

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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…