My son’s 5th grade class has a class blog. It’s private but he showed me his posts and I copied and pasted his two book reviews here.
I love the idea of a classroom blog. His teacher says it’s a sneaky way to get kids writing. They love blogging, apparently, and don’t realize that they are writing!
These two books, Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick and Holes by Louis Sachar were assigned reading group books.
Soap, Vinegar, and Curry Powder
Freak the Mightyby Rodman Philbrick
“That’s when Freak squeezes the trigger and sprays him right in the eyes.”
In my book group we read Freak the Mightyby Rodman Philbrick. The book is about two friends with disabilities and their adventures. One is big and named Max and the other is short and named Kevin. Max has dyslexia and Kevin has Morquio Syndrome. It’s a disease when your organs grow but your body doesn’t. Max is mighty and Kevin is freak.
Two of my blogs got hacked recently. I think the hacker used the same means for illegal blog entry: an old theme that I had tried out years ago and rejected. That particular theme was probably not updated over time, and it became a Trojan Horse for hackers to enter my blog.
It turns out that WordPress users are more vulnerable to hackers since it’s a big community. Don’t worry! Here are some FREE tips and action items to lockdown your security.
How about you? Have your blogs ever been hacked? What else did you do? Thanks for sharing! Read more…
PickyKidPix has very specific tastes in books. She likes realistic fiction and dystopian, and that’s it. No fantasy, nonfiction, or action adventure for her. No Percy Jackson (boring), Harry Potter (snooze), or even YA chick lit romance. She also likes her realistic fiction be pretty dramatic. Special needs characters are a plus for her.
Even with such a limited range of books, her blog has garnered a lot of traffic for her book posts. Her third grade book list written as a third grader generally spends time on the page 1 of a google search.
Now that she’s reading YA dystopia which is not my cup of tea, I am at a loss to find her more books. And god knows that I stress out when she doesn’t have any books to read, because reading is a low on her priority list. Luckily, my Instagram followers were willing to assist me. Read more…
I discovered Elizabeth on Instagram @ehpyle and was delighted to discover that lives near my neck of the woods, one town over. Her Instagram feed is gorgeous — she’s a recovering botanist, mother, semi-professional mess maker who is obsessively learning to take better photos. Her obsession has paid off. Her photos are amazing.
Now she has a store called Bottle Branch where she turns her botanical collages into gorgeous thick notecards. The envelopes are equally luxurious. I received this collection from my husband for my birthday. She’s my guest blogger today and we are doing a giveaway of her beautiful cards in time for Valentine’s Day! Here’s her mompreneur story:
I was delighted when Mia asked me to do a giveaway with her on her blog, and I’m thrilled to offer a set of six botanically inspired greeting cards from my etsy shop, Bottle Branch. Read more…
February 8th is Chinese New Year and it’s the Year of the Monkey, my son’s year! This is what Chinese astrology has to say about people born during the year of the monkey:
Monkey years are believed to be an unlucky for people born in a year of the Monkey. A year of one’s birth sign is believed to be the most unlucky in the 12-year cycle. “Monkeys” (who take Chinese astrology seriously) are particularly careful about their health, love lives, career, and investments in Monkey years. from China Highlights
It’s not all bad news for those who are born in the Year of the Monkey:
People born in a year of the Monkey are witty, intelligent, and have a magnetic personality. Personality traits, like mischievousness, curiosity, and cleverness, make them very naughty. Monkeys are masters of practical jokes, because they like playing most of the time. Though they don’t have any bad intentions, their pranks sometimes hurt the feelings of others. Monkeys are fast learners and crafty opportunists. from China Highlights
It sounds like this is a good year to lay low and read books. To help keep your place, make this Year of the Monkey bookmark craft from author Jennifer DeCristoforo of Lucky Bamboo Book of Crafts: Over 100 Projects & Ideas Celebrating Chinese Culture. She’s my guest author today.
I met Chrissy Jee of @thedumplingmama on Instagram and I was thrilled to know that she decided to open her own business designing and printing really nice Chinese Red Envelopes. I like to have them on hand. I’ve used them for my son’s 2nd grade China unit as a guest presenter. I don’t know how to speak or write Chinese so the characters always confound me. Chinese Red Envelopes are used for many things besides New Year’s.
Our American Girl collection was passed onto another family with younger girls and you can tell that they are deeply loved!
My girls were never really into dolls including Polly Pocket or Barbie but they loved American Girl Dolls and requested them for Christmas. They especially loved the accessories that were designed around the doll sets but I loved the books.
And, in fact, it was the book sets that held our attention long after the excitement of a new doll wore off. As the years progressed, my oldest, Grasshopper and Sensei, solely requested American Girl Doll books. We read about Kit during the Great Depression, Josefina and the challenges of life on a rancho, Kaya on the plains, Addy’s life as a slave, and Felicity during the American Revolution. We read the contemporary books too, with Julie and Ivy. After she finished them all, she moved onto the American Girl Doll mysteries which she loved.
Hi! I'm Mia Wenjen. I blog excessively about children's books. I am also the co-founder of Multicultural Children's Book Day on Jan 27th.
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