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Top 10: Best Picture Books for Summer Reading (ages 1-8)

Best Picture Books About Summer

When I think of picture books for toddlers and preschoolers that evoke summer, I think of the beach and the zoo because we always make a point to make at least one trip to each of these and more, if possible.  But the power of books is the ability to transport readers to new experiences that they would not necessarily have including going back in time.  These are some of my very favorite books.  I hope you enjoy them and that they transport you and your child to new places. Read more…

Teach Kids that Learning is Cool

Can You Teach Kids that Learning is Cool? Gates Foundation Betting on It!

At the school district I live in, I am told that the coolest kids in Middle School are the ones who are perceived as the smartest.  Not the athletes.  Not the beautiful crowd.  This was not the Middle School that I attended.  Now Bill and Melinda Gates are betting that, through the magic and $ of the Gates Foundation, they can teach kids that learning is cool!  More power to them!  This is how they are doing it: Read more…

Top 10: Best Young Adult Books of 2010 (ages 12-18)

Best Young Adult Books for Teens

This list is from the Young Adult Library Services Association. They took their 101 YA Books and narrowed it down to 10. This list is alphabetical order and includes fiction and non-fiction. Read more…

Science of Tornados Experiment

Science of Tornados Science Project for Kids

My preschooler had this experiment set up in his classroom but when my kids were visiting for Pancake Breakfast Day, they would not stop playing with this.  It’s a great way to demonstrate the science of tornadoes AND use up some recyclables.  And this would be a fun and stress-free activity for the the summer. Read more…

FREE and FUN Web Game: Spanish Vowels for Kids

Learning Spanish Games for Kids

From my friends at Spanish Playground, a great FUN and FREE web game to learn Spanish vowel sounds.  Thanks Spanish Playground!!! Read more…

Parenting and the Internet

Internet Safety for Parents

This was a useful article I got from Media Post on Parenting and the Internet.  We all worry about stranger danger out there online.  It’s a whole new world of dangers for our children! Read more…

What Are We Spending on Dad This Father’s Day

Dads Getting Nice Presents for Father’s Day

If you are still scrambling for ideas for Father’s Day, here are stats from the National Retail Federation on what the average person will spend on dad and how they are spending it.  It might give you some ideas of what and for whom we are spending. Read more…

Top 100: Kids’ Favorite Books

Best Books for Kids Chosen by Kids

This list was compiled by kids and interesting because it’s not so different from the Teacher’s Choice list also compiled by the National Education Association.  Great minds think alike! Read more…

Top 10: Ways to Make Reading Fun

Ideas to Make Reading Fun for Kids

This is from Home and Family Blog.  Thank you Home and Family blog for this great list of ideas!! Read more…