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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

Top 10: Funny Picture Books to LOL with Your Child

My five-year-old son selected most of these books because they make him laugh. What are your favorite funny picture books? Thanks for sharing!

Honorable Mention

Peep and Egg: I’m Not Using the Potty by Laura Gehl, illustrated by Joyce Wan

Egg is not sure about potty training but Peep has a strategy to lure Egg to try. Spoiler alert: books and potty training are natural partners in crime! This is a gentle and humorous potty training book that kids of all ages will enjoy. My son who is 13-years-old thought this book is hilarious! [picture book, ages 2 and up]

Hot Rod Hamster by Cynthia Lord

This book arrived in the mail today and my five-year-old son insisted that I include it on the “funny book list on your blog.”  He made me read it 5 times today!  This is Cynthia Lord’s first picture book.  She also wrote the Newbery Winner chapter book Rules (which is outstanding).  This is a funny, rhyming book that appeals to hot rod racers!  It’s a very cute story about a hamster who is going to hot rod race and a dog helps him build his race car.  It’s really fun to read aloud! [picture book, ages 4 and up]

Best Funny Picture Books for Kids to LOL!

10. Leonardo The Terrible Monsterby Mo Willems

My son thinks the part where the little boy explains why he was crying is sooo funny that he’s actually memorized it!  The story is about a cute little boy monster who can’t scare anyone so he finds the most scardy cat kid in the world to scare. [picture book, ages 4 and up]

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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…

Thanks God, for Mommy Prayers, A Mother’s Day Gift Idea for All Moms!

Mommy Prayers Makes Moms Laugh

Dear God, thank you for Mommy Prayers because when I read this book, I laughed so hard I accidentally spit out part of my lunch.  Thank you for Tracy Mayor because she’s a mom friend of my mom friend at work and I want her to be my mom friend, too.   Read more…

Preschoolers: Learn Chinese Through Nursery Rhyme Book & CD

Preschool Book and CD to Learn Chinese

I saw this on a blog somewhere in cyberspace and I wanted to try it out with my kids.  My Chinese tutor really likes this book because songs and nursery rhymes are a great way to expose kids to Chinese.  The nursery rhymes are familiar to English speakers which makes this a really appealing book to toddlers, preschoolers and early elementary school students.  The Chinese nursery rhymes have both phonetics, Chinese characters and English along with Chinese cultural information and full color illustrations. Read more…