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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…

Erica S Perl Caught in the Act of Reading pragmatic mom pragmaticmom http://PragmaticMom.com

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…

Nostalgic Summer Friday Find PragmaticMom Pragmatic Mom repurposed recycled jewelry

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…

Korean-American Picture Book Teaches Multicultural Lesson

Picture Books That Communicate Across Language Barriers

I am just discovering picture book author Soyung Pak. I wanted to interview her so I tried my usual Google sleuthing but she seems to keep a pretty low social media profile. I’ll let you know if I am able to track her down but so far, no such luck.

I love, love, love her book Sumi’s First Day of School Ever which is a lovely and realistic story of the first day at school for a child who doesn’t speak English. And it had a happy ending which is probably not always the case in real life. Read more…

5th Grade Book Club: The Uglies

What is Beauty and What’s Up with Heidi Montag

The book club that my 5th grade daughter attended was so dead on. 5th grade these days at my elementary school seems to be buzzing with who likes whom gossip and “dates” which seem to be innocent enough. There is, of course, lots of change going on, both in noticing the opposite sex (or not!) and in bodies that seem to spout both up and, well, out. Not all the kids are on the same page; it’s that awkward coming of age time when everyone is developing at their own rate as set by their biological clock whether they like it or not. Read more…

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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…