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Violet Raines Almost Got Struck by Lightening, Danette Haworth interview pragmatic mom

Interview with Author Danette Haworth

Middle Grade Author on What Inspired Her Book

Please welcome Danette Haworth, author of Violet Raines Almost Got Struck by Lightening, The Summer of Moonlight Secrets, and soon to be released Me & Jack. I fell in love with Violet Raines Almost Got Struck by Lightening when I read it last year.  The book really stuck with me and when I posted a list of Boy Characters You’d Let Your Daughter Date, I frankly could not forget Eddie from Violet Raines. Danette was kind enough to leave a comment and that lead to an email exchange and then this interview.   Read more…

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Highly Gifted High School Student Camp

Adventures of the Mind Camp Provides Mentors and Direction

When I was in business school at UCLA’s Anderson School, I participated in the Riordan Scholars program (funded by Major of Los Angeles Richard Riordan back when he was a venture capitalist) which paired us up with inner city high school and pre-graduate school minorities in order to help them successfully apply and prepare for high ed. My first mentee from South Central LA’s Crenshaw High, a high school that needs metal detectors, did all the heavy lifting herself and got herself into every school she applied for and opted for Yale. Now it seems that fellow alumna Victoria Gray has extended a version of this program  called Adventures of the Mind for highly gifted high school students (such as yours!). It’s not free but there is financial aid, but the program sounds amazing: Read more…

Earth may soon have a second sun

2nd Sun for Earth

I was reading about Obama’s call to science for the United States and I wholeheartedly agree. We just don’t do a great job in the sciences here, particularly to make it intuitive and exciting. And it IS exciting! I am going to make more of an effort to post on science including science-y fiction. I found this article on Digg, and I have reposted an excerpt. Exciting news: “The red supergiant star Betelgeuse is getting ready to go supernova, and when it does Earth will have a front-row seat. The explosion will be so bright that Earth will briefly seem to have two suns in the sky… just in case anyone is concerned, Betelgeuse is way too far away from Earth to do us any damage” Read more…

How To: Keep Kids Active During Winter

Keeping Kids Active During Winter

Our nutrition plan is supposed to include an hour of physical activity a day, and we’ve been really bad about it this winter.  As native Californians, we have an aversion to the bracing cold and that has not helped us embrace winter by way of winter sports.  We do try, our girls have had 2 seasons of exposure to both ice skating and skiing.  We tried snow tubing for the first time this past vacation and we finally figured out the good local sledding hills.  But somehow the winter has crept by and the pounds have crept on.  So…with a asking around and digging around, here is a list of winter activities that are local to me but maybe there is the equivalent in your snowy part of the world. Read more…

Kids Book Giveaway

Children’s Book Giveaway

Milk Rice, Stories for Children by Sri Lankan authors.

Review here. Read more…

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Top 10 Tips to Organize Children’s Artwork

Organizing Your Kids’ Artwork

A Dad Friend sent me this article from the New York Times on ruthless decluttering, Mom, You’re One Tough Art Critic. The more I thought about posting on this, the more I remembered the piles of messy art that I have squirreled away throughout my house and realized that I was in no position to be giving advice on how to purge or store your child’s artwork. Read more…

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90 Second Newbery Film Festival

Newbery Film Festival for Kids

I thought this would make for a fun book club for children or home school project. Or maybe just a fun project for a budding movie director. Your child can make a 90 second movie based on a Newbery book to enter this film festival. There’s plenty of time. The deadline is not until September 15, 2011. This would also be a fun summer project to do with friends! Read more…

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Top 5: Best Seek and Find Picture Books

Best Search and Find Books for Kids

Are Search and Find books the precursor to video/DSi/Wii/xBox/Nintendo games for little boys? Maybe … but I’ll take that any day over the screens! I have to say that I have never logged in so many hours searching for stuff in books until I had my third child and my only son. Coincidence? I think not. There is a gaming feature that never seems to bore my son from searching and finding stuff in books. This, however, does not seem to translate into searching and finding [lost] stuff in his room or in the house. Read more…

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Kids Caught in the Act … of READING

Ideas for Getting Kids to Read More

Thank you to everyone who sent in pictures! PLEASE keep them coming!!! You can email me at (at) gmail (dot) com. This week I found some of these pictures on literacy sites that I read but my favorite one is from mom Sierra! This is just precious! Read more…