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SAT words vocabulary for Kindergarten Kindergarteners, http://PragmaticMom.com, Pragmatic Mom

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…

Ladybug Picture Book Award

Best Picture Books Voted by Kids

In November 2010, New Hampshire children from preschoolers to third grader will be invited to vote for the winner of the 2010 Ladybug Picture Book Award. Voting materials, including a picture ballot and tally sheets will be available on this website in June.  What an exciting way to teach very young children about great picture books AND that your opinion makes a difference.  I wish I lived in New Hampshire so my kids could vote!!! Read more…

Caught in the Act ... Of Reading, PragmaticMom, http://PragmaticMom.com

Kids Caught in the Act … Of READING!

Kids and Reading: How to Make It Fun

This is from Jill of MomsGoneGlobal.com:  “I will send you a recent photo I took of my six-year-old reading Magic Treehouse: Haunted Castle on Hallows Eve. He had just returned home from school wearing a cute Halloween hat which he had crafted in art class. When he saw that I had purchased the book for him, he grabbed it and dove onto the couch to devour it. He looked so cute in his hat, that I had to sneak a photo of him. To my surprise, the click of the camera did not disturb him. It must have been an excellent read because he stayed there and finished the entire book within the hour.” Read more…

lessons from the dog park applied to my blog, http://PragmaticMom.com, Pragmatic Mom

Lessons From the Dog Park Applied to My Blog … Changes A Comin’

Blogging is Just Like the Dog Park

It’s been nearly a year since I started my blog and as good a time as any to reflect and learn from this year of “drinking from a fire hydrant.”  I started my blog with a few goals in mind:

  • Learn about social media
  • Read a lot of children’s literature
  • Create a marketable brand Read more…
what is a noun, poem about nouns, http://PragmaticMom.com, Pragmatic Mom, PragmaticMom

Mad Libs-Like Poem: What’s a Noun?

What’s a Noun? Learn with Mad Libs Poem!

What’s A Noun?

A Person, Place or Thing.

Author:  not sure but I suspect it’s a teacher at my elementary school.  I found this poem hanging up in the school hallway! Read more…

bullying, bully, cyber bully, high school bullying, cnn article, http://PragmaticMom.com, Pragmatic Mom

Study: Half of high school students admit to bullying.

Bullying Prevalent in All Schools

Social media has its evil dark side:  cyber bullying.  It’s caught the attention of the White House and now studies indicate the prevalence of cyber bullying among high school students, but probably middle school age kids as well … it’s just not tracked is this particular set of studies.  There is no distinction between inner city and suburban schools so I also wonder if that skews the results.  An interesting point:  cyber bullying is much less prevalent in private schools.  Why do you suppose that is?  Is it greater involvement of administrators and teachers in students’ social issues?  Is it because they can expel and reject problematic students and therefore the bad eggs all end up in public school? (Where apparently they lead a rampage of bullying both on and off the computer).  What do you think?  Has anyone experienced cyber bullying in their households?  Advice for us?  Thanks! Read more…

Easy Harry Potter Series: Ghostville Elementary

Easy Chapter Books for 2nd Grade

My middle daughter wanted to post on this series and this is what she says:

” This is kind of like a Harry Potter for kids in first or second grade. Maybe even Kindergarten if a parent reads aloud to their child. It’s about these kids in third grade and they get moved down to the basement classroom, and they start to think that there are ghosts in their room (and it’s true!). This is a series that I highly recommend. There are eleven or twelve books. Read more…

iPhone kids toddlers ipad apps educational or TV, http://PragmaticMom.com,

Do Apps Make Your Kids Smarter?

Are Apps Making Kids Smart or Dumb?

After just posting on iPhone and toddlers and the slippery path to too much TV screen time, I found this argument for the educational benefits of iPhone/iPad apps.  Isn’t this just like the parenting books that we all read while pregnant?  Was it me or if you read enough of them, didn’t they all contradict each other?  That used to make me crazy!  Then I found the solution:  I just followed the advice of the parenting books that coincided with my parenting style.  I think the iPhone controversy is the same:  go with your gut.  You are always right when it comes to what is best for your child.  And … moderation is the key! Read more…

Little Librarian toy for girls who like office supplies organizing books library libraries, http://PragmaticMom.com, Pragmatic Mom

Holiday Gift for Kids Who Like Office Supplies: Little Librarian

Little Librarian for Playing Pretend Library

Harley Gal Work Mom sent me the link to this gem!  My middle daughter who is 8 years old would have a field day with this as she is obsessed with office supplies and loves to organize her stuff such that it resembles a classroom, a Staples store, or a school cubby room.  Yes, she is an organizer, that one!

I’m not sure if kids love to play librarian but I noticed at the Boston Children’s Museum El Supermercado how much the kids love to use a pretend scanner.  Note, however,  that there isn’t one in this kit.  My kids never actually pretended to be a librarian though I would be really excited if they wanted to organize our jumbles of books! Read more…