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26 perfect read aloud picture books for kindergarten

26 Perfect Read Alouds for Kindergarten

I was extremely fortunate to have the most amazing kindergarten teacher three times for each of my children. It’s a hat trick that other moms would oooh in admiration.

“How did you pull that off?” they would ask.

I will only divulge that it does pay dividends to help out in the classroom.

Our kindergarten teacher’s bookshelves were busting at the seams with piles and piles of every great picture book one could imagine. She started the year off with starting kindergarten picture books that included diversity picks. She also included a weekly picture book that had SAT type of vocabulary words embedded in the story. She would read the story and the kids would guess the meaning of the words based on text. There was a special chart with the highlighted words for each book that she kept up in the classroom. Read more…

Dawn Beyond the Sink

#DawnBeyondtheSink GIVEAWAY

You might already know Dawn dish soap as the best grease cutting soap, hands down, but did you know that Dawn dish soap cleans greasy messes throughout your home from kitchen surfaces, to laundry pre-treating, to greasy tools, car wheels and bike tires? It’s amazing what one drop can do!

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Sports Injuries, Insurance and Meeting Desmond Howard

Sports Injuries, Insurance and Meeting Desmond Howard

This year, my oldest, Grasshopper and Sensei, switched from years and years of soccer to volleyball. She set her sights on making her high school Junior Varsity Team. She trained last year at a local volleyball skills program and with a private coach and she made the JVb team which is all freshman. Her volleyball experience so far has made her transition to high school very smooth and so far she’s hasn’t suffered from any sports related injuries which as not the case with soccer.

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the secret life of jenny liu giveaway jean ramsden

Author Jean Ramsden Being True to Yourself and GIVEAWAY!

Please welcome author Jean Ramsden who is writing today on the importance of being true to yourself. She is also giving away 3 signed copies of her book! Please see the Rafflecopter at the end of the post to win.

 

The Secret Life of Jenny Liu by Jean Ramsden, cover illustration by Elyse Whittaker-Paek

Jenny Liu is on the move again. Except this time, she hasn’t landed at yet another Chinese-American School in California but at a public school in South Carolina. Shy, artistic Jenny wonders if she will ever figure out how to fit in amongst rowdy fifth graders and eccentric teachers with hard-to-understand southern accents. To make matters worse, the class thinks she is super smart and her piano teacher thinks she is a musical genius. With school activities that test her intelligence and an upcoming piano recital, it’s getting harder for Jenny to do what’s right—to tell the truth—especially since she knows that The Real Jenny Liu would be even more of an outsider. Or would she? [chapter book, ages 9 and up]

I sit on the board of a youth at risk organization and we’re always looking for age appropriate books to stock our community center. What I love about this book is that the main character comes from a diverse background. It’s so rare to find that, particularly in stories for youth. The Secret Life of Jenny Liu transported me back to my elementary school days. I essentially blew through the last 200 or so pages because I couldn’t wait to see what Jenny had up her sleeves with her classmates. This book begs for a series. I highly recommend for your older elementary school aged children. They will love it! Review from Germonique Ulmer

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F T Bradley Double Vision giveaway

7 Ways to Get Your Kid to Read

Please welcome my guest blogger today, the author F.T. Bradley who has great advice on how to get kids reading. At the end of the post, she is also hosting a GIVEAWAY with signed copies of her three spy chapter books!

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Disgrace of the Unicorn’s Honor: Andy Smithson Book 3 by L. R. W. Lee

Disgrace of the Unicorn’s Honor GIVEAWAY

Andy, now twelve, discovers more than he bargained for when his parents reveal his mom’s past and he realizes she will die when he breaks the curse unless he intervenes.

Andy returns to Oomaldee to find its citizens on edge after many have been turned into vulture-people. Against this background, Andy and his company embark upon the next quest, to retrieve the horn of a unicorn. But not long into it, a seductive voice calls to Andy, tempting him to surrender the next ingredient in exchange for a promise to preserve his mom. Will he be able to stop the transformation of Oomaldee’s citizens? Will he jeopardize his ability to end the curse to save Mom? Read more…

Boston Book Festival Kids and Teens

Boston Book Festival Coming Up!

I’m really excited to go to the Boston Book Festival which starts Thursday, October 23 but the big day is really Saturday, October 25, with a schedule that includes …

Boston Book Festival

Rick Riordan kicking of the Kids’ Keynote at 10:45 at Trinity Sanctuary. My son was recently hospitalized due to a large congenital cyst that was surgically removed and we got through those three days in the hospital because of The Blood of Olympus. My son preferred it to the television selection!

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how college changed my life and going back to college

Can College Change Your Life?

My first semester of college was as struggle. I was an unhappy pre-med taking “dumb” chemistry and it was kicking my butt. My chemistry professor‘s lectures made no sense to me. He didn’t follow the chemistry textbook but talked on and on in an arbitrary way, working his way through the periodic table.

The assigned problems, however, didn’t reflect his lecture or the textbook. It turns out that his graduate students made them up. And, not surprisingly, the exams were a total mystery to me. It tested the concepts he taught but were never a regurgitation of what was presented in either the textbook, the lecture or the homework problems.

I was in deep trouble. I was used to being spoon fed: the lecture = the homework = the quiz = the final. There were no surprises in my not-so-great high school chemistry class. All necessary information was always provided to me including formulas. Read more…

How to Jump Rope Like a Supermodel

I’ve been jumping rope for the past year as part of my boxing training with my mom group of friends and we’ve all complained about it for various reasons.

  • We suck at it.
  • It’s ridiculously difficult to jump rope for a short duration as, say, a mere two minutes.
  • We know we could do it in elementary school!
  • It makes us pee in our pants. Which is very embarrassing.

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