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How To: Make Sure Your Child Never Reads (Humor)

Get Your Child to Hate Reading

I found this poster by Horn Book at my preschool. One of our assistant teachers was a children’s librarian and got this at a library conference. Hope you love it as much as I do. Because, of course, we all want to raise kids who hate books! 🙂 Read more…

The Only Baby Gear You Really Need

Minimalist Baby Registry of What You Actually Need

Every new parent seems to get caught in the baby equipment trap including me.  The amount of baby equipment we bought and used minimally for our oldest could sink a ship.  We didn’t think we’d have a third kid so we had given away all our baby equipment after the first two.  This was the list we bought the third time around, and I would still trim down if I had to do it all over again. Read more…

Introducing Foreign Languages to Your Kids (Spanish and Chinese)

Easy and Fun Ways to Teach Kids Spanish and Chinese

I  find that learning a foreign language is very similar to dieting.  Changing my family’s lifestyle was key to successfully incorporating foreign language into my children’s hearts and minds.  Like dieting, crash diets (a.k.a. immersion) is wonderful in jump-starting foreign language acquisition however, without proper maintenance, it’s back to square one.  Again like dieting, there are times when I notice that great strides are being made, but there are also discouraging plateaus in which it seems like my children seem to be forgetting large chucks of what they used to know.  Fear not, just like the tortoise and the hare, perseverance will eventually win the race.
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Best Non-Fiction Animal Picture Books That Teach Math

Non-Fiction Picture Books with Math Concepts

My 2nd grader bought these books home from her school library yesterday and I pounced on them. Apparently, there were three available, but she was only able to check out two. These books combine a really interesting, behind-the-scenes-at-the-zoo, rescue story about a zoo animal baby and marries it with a mathematical concept. These books are perfect for grades 2-5. Read more…

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Best Easy Readers for New Readers

Best Early Readers

It’s so exciting when your child first begins to really read. I don’t know why, but my kids all hit this milestone in January. I know that it’s something that has been in the works for a long time, but, like a bulb planted last Fall, the leaves have sprouted and the bud is finally in bloom! Read more…

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Best Dinosaur Books for Kids (ages 2-8)

Great Dinosaur Books for Kids

My son went through a serious dinosaur phase that lasted almost a year when he was 4-years-old. Now he’s into Pokemon….sigh! I prefer reading about dinosaurs! But if you can’t beat them, join them. If I am going to read nothing but dinosaur books, at least I want a range of dinosaur books from non-fiction to fiction to counting books and alphabet books. Here are our favorite books, both story books and non-fiction books.

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Best Math Games to Add to 10

Adding to Ten Math Games

Adding to 10 is probably the most important addition fact set your child needs to know because it helps to break down longer addition sums by creating easy to add groups of ten.  In addition, your child can learn adding to nines by knowing the math facts to 10 and noticing that one of the numbers is one less.  So…if 6 +4 = 10, then 6 + 3 must be 9 because 3 is one less than 4. Read more…

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Make Your Own Playdough Recipe

DIY Playdough Recipe for Kids

This is an old recipe from my first preschool.  My middle daughter used to LOVE to play with playdough but she didn’t like the stinky smell of purchased playdough.  Mix a batch and store in an air-tight container for hours of fun. My kids would make this (with the help of a teacher or parent volunteer) in preschool when they were 3 years old. They love to stir (just do it off the stove) and adding the food coloring is magical for them! And there is nothing better than warm playdough! Read more…

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Skip Counting Songs for Multiplication and Division Facts

Skip Counting Songs to Learn Multiplication and Division

I was slow to get her oldest to master multiplication facts.  By the middle of third grade, my daughter was tested weekly on multiplication; times twos, times five and times ten were not so hard but then all of a sudden, we had a week to learn x3, then another week for x4, and on and on.  Yikes.  A fast way to learn multiplication was in order.  Luckily, my mom friend was a third grade teacher.  She found that some children learn very effortlessly though song.  These are the skip-counting songs that she taught in her classroom.   Although, my daughter wasn’t that excited to sing these songs, hearing them sung incessantly helped her to master multiplication, and these songs work even better for division.

p.s. Other math posts.

Math Karaoke App for Learning Math Facts

More Multiplication Strategies from Kids That Work

Math Facts Games for Kids

 

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