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.
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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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