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Puppy Training Books

Best Books to Train Your New Puppy

I just told my neighbor up the street that we don’t see that often that we are getting a puppy.  She said, “I know, your oldest already told me.”  News travels fast around my neighborhood.  Our kids had asked us repeatedly for a puppy for years.  Our ingenious reply, or so we thought, was to say that they could have a puppy when the youngest turns five.  But then he turned five, and immediately the pressure was on.

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Dr. Seuss: Perfect Graduation Present for $10

Dr. Seuss Book Set Makes Perfect Graduation Present

When I graduated from High School (and college for that matter), my parents were excited to send out lots of graduation announcements to everyone they knew. I ended up with an array of gifts including lots of pens. I’m not sure what new graduates need or want these days. With their laptops and online notes, they may…gasp!..not even need to take notes at class or even attend class. So when I came across this, I thought this might be the perfect small gift for someone newly graduated to say congratulations and enjoy the journey! Read more…

Chewy Jewelry for Orally Fixated Kids from Kid Companion

Chewy Jewelry for Orally Fixated and SPED Kids

My oldest daughter bites her nails.  It’s pretty bad actually because her nails are bitten down to nubs.  We’ve tried talking to her and putting band aids and the like but it didn’t really work.  So, I found this Chewy Jewelry from Kid Companion on Twitter and it’s a necklace you can chew on designed for special needs kids.  My daughter loves those fidgets also; the special needs kids in her class get them to help keep them focused and she’s always been jealous that she doesn’t get one to play with. Read more…

Dr. Seuss on iPhone as eBook: Better than the Book!

Best eBooks are Old Classics like Dr. Seuss

I just got an iPhone about a month ago and I’ve been struggling to figure it all out.  Who knew you can only send out emails from one email account even if two of your accounts are through gmail?   Read more…

Top 10: Life Lessons

Life Lessons from Regina Brett

Capability:Mom posted this the other day and I loved it so I am reposting.  But for all you people pressed for time, I have selected 10 that resonated with me, but all 45 are below. Read more…

Maniac Magee + My Side of the Mountain = Hoot by Hiaasen

Chapter Books for Boys in 4th-7th Grade

This chapter book won an insane amount of awards including A Newbery Honor Award and it’s not hard to see why once you read it.   It’s a mystery and an adventure with multiple happy endings including the school bully getting what he deserves.   I remember seeing this book a lot at the library with its minimalist cover always beckoning.  This chapter book also reminds me of Because of Winn Dixie, another Must Read favorite of mine, with characters both interesting and realistic. Read more…

How To: Raise a Reader and a Writer

Getting Kids Excited about Reading and Writing

This brochure from the National Association for the Education of Young Children comes home with every about-to-be-a-Kindergartner at our school.  This is their guide to parents for raising a reader and writer.  I just condensed it and added a few ideas of my own. Read more…

Humor for Moms: The Stages Of Motherhood

What Kids Think of Moms

Here is a light hearted presentation of what we all think about our moms, at different points of our lives. Don’t get surprised because we all have the same tendency towards our mothers! Read more…

“Outside-the-Box” Math Books: Life of Fred (4th -12th Grade)

I blogged on how much I liked Dr. Stanley Schmidt’s Life of Fred: Beginning Algebra, As Serious as It Needs to Be.

Good news!  I didn’t realize he wrote a whole series of math textbooks:

Life of Fred: Fractions – For me, I’d have my 4th grader start on this one.  Also, because the lessons are chunked out into 100ish chunks, it does coincide perfectly as a summer enrichment text.  Now, it’s not likely we will finish the book over a summer.  My child would rebel against daily homework and she has a busy summer camp schedule.  But I will work it into the nooks and crannies of the day and give her a big bribe (iPod Touch) upon completion, so we will likely have it done by Christmas. I had my daughter, who does NOT love math, look over the book to see if she’d do it,  and she said that she liked the stories so she’d try it.

Life of Fred: Decimals and Percents. From Fractions, this would be the next stop.

Life of Fred: Beginning Algebra is next and Dr. Schmidt has a new Fred’s Home Companion:  Beginning Algebra for this book.

Life of Fred: Advanced Algebra

Life of Fred: Geometry

Life of Fred: Trigonometry and Fred’s Home Companion: Trigonometry

Life of Fred: Calculus

Life of Fred: Statistics


To buy these books, please go to http://www.stanleyschmidt.com/FredGauss/index2.html The books are $25 at his site but much more on Amazon.

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