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Favorite Books for Preschool to 5th Grade

Best Books for Kids in All Genres

I found this great site, GreatSchools.org ,  with extensive reading lists specific to each grade.  If your child is finishing up their summer reading and still needs a book or two, this is a great resource.  What I really like about it is that it covers many genres of books including: Read more…

Train Themed Word Problem Math App for Kids

Best Word Problem Math App for Kids

I am a huge fan of word problems.  I love how it combines literacy with math.  I love how it’s a puzzle in words that you must solve with a number sentence.  I love how it trains the brain to decode words into numbers and vice versa.  I love that it’s difficult. — this is not a rote operation, one must think to solve a problem.  That being said, word problems are challenging! (and fun!) Read more…

Quick Brain Scan Could Screen for Autism

Brain Scan Can Screen for Autism

A 15-minute brain scan could in future be used to test for autism, helping doctors diagnose the complex condition more cheaply and accurately. Read more…

Summer Salads from Whole Foods Magazine

Beautiful Summer Salad Ideas

I clipped this from an issue of Whole Foods Magazine that they were nice enough to give me when I checked out one day. I saved this particular page for a long time watching it accumulate oil stains and creases knowing that I wanted it, yet not actually doing much with it.  I do have a tendency to use my blog as a paperless file system for all the bits of useful information that I run across and want to save.  Capability:Mom reintroduced me to the Farmer’s Market in our town.  I had been avoiding it for two years since the birds in the park that holds the Farmer’s Market dropped dead from Avian Flu and this flu is transmitted by mosquitoes lethally to humans. Read more…

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Math Karaoke App for Singing Multiplication Facts

Singing Your Multiplication Math Facts

Do I believe in singing your way into multiplication fact proficiency?  You betcha!  Different kids learn through different means and singing is a very effective way for some children.  My oldest was tortured by the multiplication tables; she didn’t want to learn them and struggled with them.  What was worse was that she was tested every week on a particular fact family and it took an entire family effort each week to get her proficient. Read more…

Top 10: Best Boy AND Girl Characters in Adult and Children’s Books

Best Characters in Books EVER!

I found this pair of posts on some great blogs and the dicotomy of boys versus girls made me want to post them both at the same time.  I have not read all these books, but these lists make me want to!  For the full post on boys (thank you, Must Love Books), click here.  For the full post on girls (thank you, Consumed by Books), click here. Read more…

Top 100: Best Movies Based on Books

Best Movies from Books

This was a fun list that I found from Nobkin Kurian.  Click here for the entire list. Another popular movie list is Top 10:  Best Family Movies with Meaning. Read more…

FREE Friday Museum Visits in MA 2010: See Schedule

Free Museums in Boston Schedule

This was the 2010 schedule. The 2011 schedule is here. Read more…

How To: Pack Healthy Snacks Your Kids Will Eat

Healthy Snacks Kids Like

As my husband and I struggle to pack lunches and snacks for our kids’ camp lunches, I find myself wandering the grocery store aisles searching for healthy choices that my kids will actually eat.  While waiting at the hospital for my mammogram (annual check up), I saw a great article on this topic on  WebMD magazine (who knew they had a magazine?!).  So I searched their website further and found some helpful suggestions. Read more…