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Celebrity Sightings with DesignTrackMind

On Being on TV with DesignTrackMind

My mom friend, DesignTrackMind, has some exciting news!  She is the Interior Designer for the new This Old House project that is underway in my neck of the woods (Auburndale, MA).  She’s having a blast.  We hear snippets. “Best clients in the world!”   And, “Tom Silva and Norm Abrams are really as nice as they seem to be on T.V. and possibly even hotter in person!”  And even, “Best volunteer job ever!” Read more…

From Kids Lit: TD Canadian Children’s Lit Awards (ages 2-16)

This is from Kids’ Lit which is from the Menemsha Library and is a really awesome blog.  You know, the kind that put you to shame?  Yeah, it’s that good!

These make great gifts to the Canadians in your life.

TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award

Dragon Seer by Janet McNaughton

Home Free by Sharon Jennings

The Hunchback Assignments by Arthur Slade

A Thousand Years of Pirates by William Gilkerson

Watching Jimmy by Nancy Hartry

Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award

The Delicious Bug by Janet Perlman

Me and You by Geneviève Côté

Our Corner Grocery Store by Joanne Schwartz

Timmerman Was Here by Colleen Sydor

You’re Mean, Lily Jean by Frieda Wishinsky

Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children’s Non-Fiction

Adventures on the Ancient Silk Road by Priscilla Galloway

Born to Write: The Remarkable Lives of Six Famous Authors by Charis Cotter

Follow That Map! A First Book of Mapping Skills by Scot Ritchie

A Thousand Years of Pirates by William Gilkerson

Whispers from the Ghettos by Kathy Kacer

Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People

Bitter, Sweet by Laura Best

Crusade by John Wilson

Haunted by Barbara Haworth-Attard

Vanishing Girl by Shane Peacock

Watching Jimmy by Nancy Hartry

To examine any book more closely at Amazon, please click on image of book.

Star Walk Astronomy App for Kids with Hubble Photos

Astronomy App for Kids with Hubble Photos

I just tested out the Star Walk app.  My 5-year-old found it on my iPhone and pronounced it “really cool.” It shows you the night sky from your location.  This is actually quite small on an iPhone or iPod touch, so it will be more dramatic on an iPad (which I am dying to get but haven’t pulled the trigger yet — isn’t there a no tax day coming up in Massachusetts soon?!!). Read more…

Planet Fassa (submit original kid activity to win $250)

Planet Fassa for Kids

Dorothee from Planet Fassa asked me to get the word out about her new online story resource so I checked it out and am happy to report back that it appears to be an online social community for kids that emphasizes stories, activities, and fun.  There is also a virtual reward system to get kids more actively engaged. Read more…

Great Advice/Quote Book with Really Long Title (perfect for adult gift)

Parenting Advice Book From Parent to Adult Child

“In the end, you will never regret the things you have done, but you will regret the things you haven’t done.” Read more…

The Red Apple ebook app in 9 languages!

The Red Apple ebook for iPhone, iPad and iPod by Winged Chariot

This is a charming story that can be read or listened to in 9 languages!  That’s not a typo folks!  The ebook has language options for:  English, Turkish, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, and Japanese.  I actually tried the app out in Spanish … you know, I have been studying for almost two years now.  Sadly, I have not studied hard enough because it was a little difficult for me to understand but it was helpful that the words are in Spanish and the female narrator has a beautiful accent worth emulating.  I will make my kids check it out in Spanish. Read more…

Family Reunion Vacations: Kennebunkport, Maine, The Colony Hotel

Family Vacation in Kennebunkport, Maine

My family is in California and I’m outside of Boston.  So, to see my mother, my brother and his family, and my sister and her family, I have instituted a complex bi-annual process called:  The Family Reunion Vacation. Read more…

Chinese for Munchkins App for Kids

Chinese Language App for Kids

I found this in my travels on another blog.  It looks great so I wanted to share but I will try to track down and test it out myself.  Here’s the link for the review:  http://technologywebblog.com/2010/07/review-chinese-for-munchkins-for-the-iphone/

Follow PragmaticMom’s board Teaching Kids Chinese on Pinterest.

Should Kids Take More Responsibility for Their Own Learning?

Should Kids Be Responsible for Learning?

This is from the Washington Post. I guess the other question is how much responsibility should we, as parents, take for our own children’s learning versus their teacher’s?  I would say we, the parents, are ultimately responsible for our own kids’ learning, and that, as they approach college, our kids become fully responsible. Read more…