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Countdown to 2011: My #8 Post, RECALL: Corned Beef…

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Recall:  Corned Beef (Libby, Kroger), Brushy Creek Shredded Beef and Corned Beef, 699 page views.

This has a funny back story.  I posted on recalls for most the year thinking that it would make it easier for moms to know about serious and dangerous recalls.  I’ve since stopped posting on them, but will give links to recalls through my Twitter and Facebook accounts (please use links on right hand column if you’d like to get updates that way).  So, this recall came around and I posted on it, same as normal. Read more…

Countdown to 2011: My #9 Post, Cricket in Times Square: Book Club Activities

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Cricket in Time Square:  Bok Club Activities for 2nd-4th Grade, 665 page views.

It’s true that my middle child is a high need child and she came screaming into the world this way. She has some senses that are extra sensitive:  smell, tactile and that je ne sais quoi of honing in on really great authors.  She’s an enthusiastic but picky reader in that she reads narrow but deep.  Her favorite authors include:  Cynthia Rylant (Gooseberry Park, Cobble Street Cousins series),  Sophie Blackall (Ivy and Bean series),  Sara Pennypacker (Clementine series), Garth Williams (just Cricket in Times Square), Sydney Taylor (All-of-a-Kind family series), and Roald Dahl (The B.F.G, Danny, the Champion of the World, and The B.F. G.)  Do you sense a pattern here?! Read more…

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

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#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…