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Moms quit jobs for child’s college dreams. Are we nuts?

Education is…

One of the few things a person is willing to pay for and not get.
William Lowe Bryan (1860–1955) 10th president of Indiana University (1902 to 1937). Read more…

Education Quotes

Education is…

One of the few things a person is willing to pay for and not get.
William Lowe Bryan (1860–1955) 10th president of Indiana University (1902 to 1937). Read more…

How Effective is Singapore Math as a Teaching Curriculum?

I am a BIG fan of the Singapore Math Workbook curriculum series that is used in Singapore (they speak English!).  My kids use it to supplement University of Chicago’s Every Day Math which I don’t love as much (too New Math for me!).  I find that Singapore Math is both visual and intuitive plus it has plenty of math fact practice that Every Day Math lacks. Read more…

Environmental Crisis and Birth of Audubon Society

Historical Fiction Environmental Books for Kids Inspire

I pair these two excellent  books together because they tell two parts of the same story:  the near eradication of the Snowy Egret caused by a fashion trend and the birth of the Audubon Society in Boston, Massachusetts.  It’s interesting how easy it is to change the natural balance of things by something seemingly so insignificant as a fashion trend.  This is a great environmental message to children that also happens to have a happy ending:  the Snowy Egret, now protected by law in the U.S., has made a come back! Read more…

Picture Book without Words for Dreamers and Artists

Best Wordless Picture Book Ever!

This wondrous book is a book without words but no words are necessary because Multi-Caldecott winning author, David Wiesner, tells the story in pictures.  And what a story it is!  If you take your children to the Jersey Shore or any shore for that matter, and your child is a dreamer or artist, then this is the book to spark imaginations! Read more…

Our Extraordinary Earth: Non Fiction for ages 6-12

Non-Fiction Book for Kids Amazes!

This is what I learned from Planet Earth, Our Extraordinary World Up Close! by Matthew Murrie and Steve Murrie: Read more…

Top 10: Funny Picture Books to LOL with Your Child

Best Funny Picture Books for Kids to LOL!

My five-year-old son selected most of these books because they make him laugh and we enjoy reading them together. Read more…

Pole Dancing for Ladies Who Lunch

Pole Dancing with Mom Friends

Note that there are no photos for this post.

And yes, it was I who lunched yesterday on fancypants Newbury Street, the Rodeo Drive of Boston, with my CoffeeShopBloggers group — my “self-help” mom bloggers group (not to stop blogging but to get better at it).   We met with a lovely gentleman from litl who is a power tweetdeck user and he taught us the ins and outs of Tweetdeck and Twitter.  If you don’t use tweetdeck because of that annoying “bloop” sound that it makes every time there is a new tweet from the folks you follow, now I know how to turn that blasted thing off (under settings).  Tweetdeck is awesome because it helps you to sort your incoming tweets so you are read the ones that most apply to your interests PLUS it connects to Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and MySpace.  You need it if you follow thousands of people. Read more…

The Lorax by Dr. Seuss ebook App

Dr. Seuss eBook Apps Are Wonderful!

I can not rave more about OceanHouse Media’s Dr. Seuss iPhone app books and iPad app books. They really get it. The ebook is a different medium than a print book and therefore should have different — ENHANCED — functionality that truly makes it a different, and yes, possibly better, experience than a traditional book. Of course, that is not to say that a snuggle-up-bedtime-book can never be replaced, and you probably wouldn’t snuggle up with your child at bedtime on your iPhone reading your ebook (unless you are on vacation and ran out of good reading material), but maybe with an iPad you would. Read more…