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Grammer app for Using Comma

SAT Study: Test Your Knowledge of Comma Grammar

This is a nice iPhone/iPad/iPod app from Pearson that focuses on correct punctuation using the ever so confusing comma.  It’s a quick and easy way to study just this one topic for a test.  I saw this online and asked the good people of Pearson for a code which they kindly gave me.  I suspect this is a series of apps on the topic of grammar.  I will find out and get more because, frankly, I could use the help myself! Read more…

How to Raise Boys Who Read

Raising Boys Who Love to Read

An interesting rebuttal to today’s WSJ post on How to Raise Boys Who Read from Rob Doughtery:

There is an opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal this morning about getting boys to read, which is an important issue because in most cases, boys are lagging seriously behind girls by their teenage years. The only way, of course, to improve reading skills is to actually do it and the author of this article, Thomas Spence, tries to make a connection between bribery with video games and reluctant readers. I think it’s a very valid point, overall, but misses the mark in a few rather significant ways. I do agree with the general premise, however, that if you want a kid to read, then bribing him with a video game is at best merely a distraction and at worst completely counterproductive. Read more…

How to Raise Boys Who Read from a dad of 6 boys!

Raising Boys Who Love to Read

Thank you to my work Dad Friend (who also has a blog, adverlicio.us, an online ad archive)  for this great article from the Wall Street Journal on How to Raise Boys Who Read by Thomas Spence.   The article has this funny tagline:  “Hint:  Not with Gross-Out Books and Video Game Bribes.” Spence is apparently disgusted by the pandering of publishers to reluctant boy readers with gross-out books and proposes a simple solution that worked for his 6 (that’s right, folks, SIX!!!!) boys:  TURN OFF THE SCREENS!  FILL THE HOUSE WITH GOOD BOOKS.  It worked for him and now he has research to back it up. Read more…

Neil Gaiman’s Newbery Award Acceptance Speech

Neil Gaiman and His Newbery Speech

I thought Neil Gaiman gave such a lovely, funny, and inspiring speech when he won his Newbery Award. Thank you to Beth Schulman for the post.  Neil Gaiman is going to be the Boston Public Library Children’s Book Fundraiser tomorrow, Sunday, Sept 26, 2010.  It’s a tea party starting at 2:00.  It might be too late to jump in, but you never know.  You get to meet four Newbery authors and have them sign your books.  I’d love to meet Neil Gaiman after reading his speech! Read more…

Foreign Language and Friends, Spanish immersion website for ages 2-10, http://PragmaticMom.com, web based site to teach children Spanish language,

Website That Teaches Kids Spanish: Muy Fabuloso!

Fee Based Website is Like Spanish Tutor for Kids

Kulcutural Kids has a Foreign Langauge and Friends website to teach children vocabulary through themed web games in Spanish but other languages coming soon.  They offered me a code to check it out and I have to say that it took me a long time to get around to it, but when I finally took a look, I was really impressed. Read more…

Massachusetts Children’s Book Award 2011 (ages 7-16)

Best Books for Kids

Our elementary school librarian has a shelf dedicated to the Massachusetts Book Award short list books (below) and there is a challenge to the 5th Graders to read the entire list.  The reviews are from the Acton Memorial Library.  If you click on the book title, you can reserve the book through the Minuteman Library System of MetroWest Boston.  If you click on the book, you can take a look at it in Amazon.  If you click on the author link, you will go to their website. Read more…

Susan Sowers, invented spelling, beginning spellers, learning to read and write, literacy, Kindergarten, Pragmatic Mom, http://PragmaticMom.com

Invented Spelling Necessary for Learning to Read: Froshus Dobrmn Pensr

What is Invented Spelling and Why is it Important?

My son’s Kindergarten teacher distributes this ground breaking article by Susan Sowers, Harvard Graduate School of Education every year to the parents in her class.  I remember as a new parent of a Kindergartener that I thought invented spelling was both cute, funny, and strange.  I clearly did not ever remember learning to write using invented spelling myself and apparently my mom didn’t save those papers (and yet, everything else).  I also remember wondering if my child would ever learn to spell correctly and when that kicks in. Read more…

long division app for iPhone, pragmatic mom, http://Pragmaticmom.com, education, math apps,

Long Division App

Long Division App Great for Visual Learners

Be still my beating heart!  My 5th Grader is learning long division and sometimes working through the problem step by step is confusing to her.  So you can imagine how excited I AM with this app, named Long Division, that translates long division into a color coordinated step by step process and has a number key pad so that the student can input their results every step of the way.  Then, the numbers slide into their proper place in the problem.  Very visual and memorable!  And also kinda fun!  At least I think so.  I get back to you on what my daughter thinks! Read more…

Top 6 Apps For Mobile Education

Apps for Mobile Education eLearning

Tyler Stubenhofer’s assignment for a Master’s Seminar was this very assignment:  come up with apps for distance learning.  Here is the excellent list he put together.  And click here to see his blog called Tyler Stubenhofer’s Blog:  education, technology and other stuff. Read more…