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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…

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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…

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Teaching Empathy to Prevent Bullying

Best Anti-Bullying Program for Schools

The best way to create a caring climate is to engage children collectively in an activity that benefits another human being.

Ervin Staub, professor emeritus of psychology at the University of Massachusetts Read more…

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Kids Caught in the Act … of READING

Getting Kids Excited About Reading

Thank you to everyone who sent in pictures!! This week we have photos of kids reading in unusual places, reading  non-fiction, reading to siblings, reading in snugglies and the results of reading for a good cause! Read more…

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Do It All Mom Planner

Best Paper Organizer Planners for Old-Fashioned Moms

So here’s my question:  to be a Supermom, must you be on an iPhone, Android, or Blackberry?!!  Can you be a Supermom and still track your schedule and your children’s appointments, practices, play dates, and other sundry extracurricular activities on, gasp!, paper?! Read more…

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No More Recalls Posted Here…

Update on Recall Reporting

As I tighten up my blog, I am going to be posting a lot less frequently on recalls.  If you rely on me to stay on top of those endless recalls, please follow me on Twitter or Facebook as I will be posting the recalls there.  I have buttons on the right hand column if you just want to click one button.

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Simple Ways to Make Reading Fun for Your Child

Make Reading Enjoyable for Kids

Reading is essential to the intellectual growth of a child. Study upon study has linked early reading habits with admittance to college and future success, and not only that, but reading is fun. A good story transports the reader to other times and places and stimulates thought and the creation of new perspectives. But it can be hard to instill a similar love of reading in your child for various reasons. Reading is hard at first, and it requires more work than watching TV or playing video games. Plus, it does not offer the instant gratification of time in front of a screen and is not always viewed as “cool” by your child or their peers. Read more…

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SAT Words for Kindergarteners from Picture Book Dear Juno

Picture Books that Build Vocabulary in Kindergarten

Not everyone believes that Kindergarten should be an academic experience and hence the spate of articles that I have posted on lately (see Has Kindergarten Changed or Are Kids Smarter? and Recess Essential to Kindergartener Development).  This raging debate is never more apparent than at my own elementary school where we have 2.5 Kindergarten classrooms. ( The half you ask? We have a combined K/1st grade — a class combination born of shrinking school budgets rather than academic optimization. )  The two Kindergarten only teachers have been at the school for a long time and work beautifully together but they each represent the spectrum of Kindergarten philosophies:  Kindergarten as play/learning the norms of behavior for school versus Kindergarten preparing children for academics. Read more…