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Immigrating to a New Country Picture Books & Kid Lit Blog Hop

Immigrating to a New Country Picture Books & Kid Lit Blog Hop

This collection of picture books shows some of the many ways people have immigrated in recent times to a new country including the United States. I have chapter books on immigration at the turn of century that our 4th grade uses and a book list of undocumented immigrants if you want to explore this theme further.

How about you? What immigrations books for kids do you recommend? Please share! Thank you!

Immigration Picture Books for Kids

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KidLit TV Multicultural Giveaway

KidLit TV Multicultural Library Book Bundle GIVEAWAY

KidLit TV Multicultural Giveaway

Right on time for back to school, KidLit TV is teaming up with Pragmatic Mom, Jump into a Book, Franticmommy and Multicultural Children’s Book Day to give parents, teachers, and librarians a chance to win a multicultural book bundle for their school library.

School libraries play an integral role in the life of students. Many students can cite their school library as a place where a love of reading and learning is fortified. Throughout the country, budgets for school programs are being slashed, school libraries have been heavily hit. Hours for library time are cut in some schools, and non-existent in others. Furthermore, the tight budget impacts a school librarian’s ability to secure funds to purchase new books.

Starting today, September 15th and through September 30th you can enter to win a curated bundle of multicultural books featuring StoryMakers guests and additional kid lit authors. Read more…

Picture Books for Kids Who Like To Build

Picture Books for Kids Who Like To Build

I’m glad that PickyKidPix knows how to use power tools. It started with woodshop in middle school, and then she progressed to assembling her own furniture from Ikea. The Ikea projects included a bed, desk, desk hutch, TV console and bed side table.

books for kids who like to build

This is the Mesopotamia Throne Project Inspiration Photo.

When it came time for her to figure out a school project, she and her partner decided to build a throne from Mesopotamia. They had to figure out how much wood and what size pieces of wood they needed. All my husband did was help them cut the wood to their specifications and drive the wood to school. After that, it was all them and some choice power tools.

Books for Kids Who Like To Build

This is the Mesopotamia Throne my daughter and her partner built. Power tools were expertly wielded. Read more…

Roald Dahl Day is Today! and GIVEAWAY!

Roald Dahl Day is Today! and GIVEAWAY!

PickyKidPix helped me organize my children’s books a few years ago. We made a special sticker designation for our collection of Roald Dahl books. She loved Dahl when she was in third grade and she read nearly exclusively from his books for that entire year. Roald Dahl Day is Today!Read more…

Adventurous Dog Picture Book of the Day

Adventurous Dog Picture Book of the Day

I’m so happy that our Picture Book of the Day group is commencing again after a summer hiatus. We’ve started this week and it’s my turn today.

Hudson in Provence

I’ve selected three adventurous dog picture books for you today. How about you? What are your favorite dogs in children’s books? Please share! Read more…

Post It Notes for an Organized Back to School

Post It Notes for an Organized Back to School

There was jubilation in my house when I told my kids that I was doing a sponsored post for Post-it Brand and 3M but it quickly shifted into a battle zone.

“I want the Post-it notes,” chimed my son.

“I need the Post-it notes for school,” claimed PickyKidPix.

“Don’t touch that package until I blog,” I warned my kids.
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LifeLock: Online Safety for Kids

LifeLock: Online Safety for Kids

Thank you LifeLock for sponsoring this post. Please visit The Smart Talk for more tips on how to prepare your kids to develop healthy online habits.

My son who starts 5th grade tomorrow will be getting an iPhone by the end of the school year. My husband and I think our kids need a cell phone once they start taking the school bus. A cell phone is helpful for many reasons. We use it to call our kids to dinner in our house when we don’t want to scream. My girls help me navigate when my car nav is failing me. And texting is turning out be very handy to communicate with my teens. But I’m not sure my son needs another screen just now. He’s already on screens more than his two sisters combined! It’s time to make a contract with him regarding screen time! I’m using The Smart Talk LifeLock to start that conversation and get it to stick. The Smart Talk Read more…

Why Full Ride Athletic Scholarships Are Rare

Why Full Ride Athletic Scholarships Are Rare

My kids have been playing club sports for a few years now. When I meet parents on the sidelines (especially from other teams), I get the impression that their intensity reflects a belief that sports are a ticket to college. It could be that it’s their golden ticket into a college, but I hope it’s not because parents think it will also pay for college.

Because … full ride athletic scholarships are harder to get than entrance to Princeton (7%), Harvard (5.3%) or Stanford (5.05%). Read more…

Easy Stop Motion Animation Using Flipagram

Easy Stop Motion Animation Using Flipagram

My son has loved dinosaurs since he was three and he made me read him nothing but dinosaur books for an entire year. He moved on a year later to Pokémon books and I missed the dinosaur obsession. I hoped it would reemerge and it does from time to time when new Jurassic Park movies come out.

stop motion animation

My son came back from the Jurassic World movie with his dad — I refused to go, the trailer terrified me — and immediately asked to spend his allowance money on Jurassic World legos. That’s an easy sell for me; it’s his money and it’s not screen time.

stop motion animation

After three days carefully assembling his new lego sets, I asked him if he wanted to make stop motion animation movies with them. I remembered the stop animation movies that MaryAnne of Mama Smiles made with her kids.

She used a Microsoft product called Movie Maker but I have a Mac. MaryAnne suggests using iMovie as a replacement but I have always had this wonky problem in iMovie of my clips not loading. Plus I find iMovie a little confusing to use. Instead, I suggest Flipagram, an app for smart phones. I use the free version. Read more…