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Countdown to 2011: My #10 Post, Teach Kids Months of the Year with Easy Rhyme

Countdown of My Top Posts

#10 Post of the Year:  Teach Kids Months of the Year with Easy Rhyme, 603 page views.

I found this in my 2nd grader’s classroom.  Everyone knows the days of the week song (There are 7 days, There are 7 days, there are seeveen days in a week … Sunday, Monday; Tuesday,  Wednesday; Thursday, Friday; Saturday), but I do remember that it was challenging for my kids to learn the months of year, particularly in a foreign language.  However, I never guessed that this post would be so popular. Read more…

Countdown to 2011: My Top 10 Posts of 2010

Countdown of My Top Posts

As the year winds down, I wanted to repost my Top 10: Posts of the Year which I have selected on the basis of number of page views.  I will resume my weekly features starting the first of the new year:

Monday:  Caught in the Act … of READING! (And thank you to everyone who has sent me photos.  Yes, I still need more photos! Always!!!) Read more…

Kids Caught in the Act … of READING

Getting Kids Reading

Thank you for sending in photos GeekMomMama and the Boys, and There’s a Book.  I can’t do this weekly Monday feature with your help, so please keep the photos coming.  My email address is pragmaticmom.com@gmail.com. Read more…

Swordbird, 12 year old author, pragmatic mom, https://pragmaticmom.com

12-year-old author of fantasy chapter book

Swordbird by Nancy Yi Fan

Are authors born or can that story telling gift be developed?  I’m starting to think more and more that authors are born.  I suspect that stories pour out of their minds in an endless gush;  that they have a physical craving to put pen to paper (or type on a keyboard, as it were); and that they spend every waking moment thinking about things like setting, plot and character.  As I meet children’s book authors and hear their story, one thing is clear:  they all wrote exceptionally well as children.  Their gifts were apparent young in life.  We’re talking, ages 8 or 9.  Maybe that is not so different from star athletes that shine at a young age??! Read more…

Weekly Books for Kids Giveaway

Free Books for Kids

I think it was JacketFlap that started the Second Hand Saturday Book Giveaway and now I am hopping on their bandwagon with a New Weekly Feature to give away some of the great books that I have received but no longer need.  The books may have been too girly to be passed down to my son.  Or all my kids might outgrew the books.  Or simply, the book didn’t click with my kids. Read more…

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Top 10 Children’s Books: Trying Out New (Bad) Behavior

Top 10 Books of Kids Trying Out New Behavior

I think it’s essential for children to try out new behaviour in a safe place. Like it or not, this probably means at home, on you, the parent.  It’s a child’s way of spreading their wings; trying out new personalities and traits.  A safe way to experiment is important because your child knows that you will always love her or him no matter what.  But a book can also be a safe way to try out new behavior as a reader if you talk about the book in the context of how it makes you both feel. Read more…

Kids Caught in the Act … of READING

Raising Kids Who Love to Read

I hope everyone in the U.S. had a nice Thanksgiving weekend.  We spent a long weekend in Montreal and while I packed many books for myself and the children, they were barely touched with the distractions of two TVs in the room, plus a considerable amount of electronics from DSi, iPhone, iPods (two), iDog (I have no idea why my middle daughter packed that), to the portable DVD player. Read more…

Kids Caught in the Act … of READING

Getting Kids Reading Everywhere

Thanks for checking out my weekly Monday feature:  Caught in the Act … of READING!  What is so great in this week’s pictures is how kids don’t let anything get in the way of reading, even kids who would say that reading is not their favorite thing to do.  And I love how Jill of MomsGoneGlobal.com is helping her son to create his own series of books.  I’m sure these will be cherished items both now at bedtime and in the keepsake box when her son is old enough to read to his own children!  Keep up the great work getting your kids to read parents!  It’s definitely working! Read more…

Your Life in Comics: 100 Things for Guys to Write and Draw, reluctant readers, make your own comic book, $10, http://PragmaticMom.com, PragmaticMom.com, PragmaticMom, Pragmatic Mom

Make Your Own Comic Book, $10

Create Your Own Comic Book

I thought this would make a great holiday or birthday gift for boys who show an interest in graphic novels and/or comic books.  It’s an especially good and sneaky way to draw in reluctant readers and get them reading, writing, and drawing. Read more…