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Setting Up Routines at Home

Routines for Reading at Home

School is starting and usually there is a month of adjustment for both teacher and children doing things like assessing each child in a variety of subjects, getting into the rhythm of classroom routines and behavior norms, finding out how each child learns best, making new friends, and reviewing academic material from last year. It’s not a time where new learning is emphasized (except if your child is lucky enough to “loop” with his or her same class from last year in which case it’s business as usual). Read more…

Best Easy Readers for Kids

Best Books for Young Kids

The (Theodor Seuss) Geisel Award is given annually to the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished American book for beginning readers published in English in the United States during the preceding year.  I found this from Books and Stuff,  a blog for Westerville Library, and they give their perspective on the winners at the bottom of this post.  Benny and Penny in the Big No-No by Jeffrey Hayes is  the 2010 Winner.  The information on the Geisel 2010 winners is from the ALSC (The Association for Library Service to Children). Read more…

7 Ideas for Social/Emotional Learning

Social Emotional Learning at School

We start school in two days and my kids are getting a little anxious about it despite being very familiar with their elementary school.  I know it’s normal to be anxious even if the transition seems small.  I came across this great list about Social and Emotional learning and the Start of School and there is great advice for both parents and teachers.  Hey, we are all in this together!  Here’s to a smooth transition to your child’s school year!  Let me know how yours went and if you have any advice on what worked for you. Read more…

Math Ninja iPhone iPad math game,, Pragmatic Mom, best math app

Fun Math App for Kids: Math Ninja

Best Math App for Boys

My five-year-old son has been hogging my iPhone and the family iPad all last week while we were on vacation.  He loaded tons of “free” games which ended up costing us $10 — (my husband: “Does he know how to read ‘free’?”  Me:  “Yes, he reads it as ‘fee.'” Hence the charges!) — and we had to yell at him to turn off the screens.  Except when we noticed he was playing Math Ninja.  True, he’d try to cheat and slyly ask us what 9 + 6 is but we were on to him.  It turns out to be a fun game for all my kids including my 10-year-old and 8-year-0ld, both girls.  And I turned out to be bad at it. Read more…

Ugly Colors board book — edgy but cute!

Ugly Doll Books for Kids

My oldest who is ten-years-old has begged me to review this book which I thought was interesting because she is long past board books. “It’s so cute!” she says. “And funny!” And it is. While it IS a board book for toddlers on colors, it has a sly wit that will appeal to adults who, no doubt, will be reading this book over and over again. Read more…

Best Chapter Books for Middle School Girls

Best Books for Middle School Girls

I do love a good Top 10 List and this list is chapter books for middle school girls for ages 10-14 (middle-school-girl-ish-give-or-take-a-year-or-two) from ChristinaReads is a really good one of her childhood favorites!  I have only read half her list, but the books that I’ve read are such winners that it makes me want to read the rest of her list.  Clearly the woman has great taste!  This is a list worth having your daughter work her way through.  Let me know what you think?  And please check out ChristinaReads excellent blog! Read more…

New Erica S. Perl Book: Dotty

Picture Book for Kids with Imaginary Friends

I met Eric S. Perl when she came to Wellesley, MA for her Chicken Butt book tour two years ago.  A dear Mom Friend of mine was her neighbor when they both lived in Cambridge, MA and this Mom Friend introduced me to her first book, 93 in My Family.  My Mom Friend started a  our preschooler book club and kicked off the book club with 93 in My Family.  My son loved that book and a subsequent book club meeting centered around her book signing in Wellesley. Read more…

Best Books for Kids from Australia

2010 Winners:  Australian Children’s Book Council

These are the winners to the Australian Children’s Book Council for 2010 in the categories of Older Readers, Younger Readers, Early Childhood, Picture Book of the Year, and Eve Pownall Award for Information Book of the Year. For a complete list of winners including the books that won an Honorable Mention, please see TrevorCairney’s blog. Read more…

Tips for Hooking Reluctant Readers

Getting Kids Who Hate Reading to Love It

This wonderful list of books is from author Maria Scheel. You can find her blog by clicking here.  Her full post can be found here. Read more…