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Starry River of the Sky, Grace Lin, Asian chapter book, 4th grade chapter book, 5th grade chapter book

Grace Lin’s Latest Chapter Book is Her Best Ever!

Grace Lin’s Latest Chapter Book Deserves Newbery

I don’t think there was a 4th grade or 5th grade kid I knew who read Where The Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin and didn’t rave about it though they were generally girls. It could be that Minli is a girl. I hope Lin’s audience broadens with her latest companion book, Starry River of the Sky. Rendi, the lead character, is a BOY! And he couldn’t be more different than Minli who is cheerful despite poverty and hardship. Read more…

KlabLab, middle school science rock and roll, physics songs, grammar songs

Newton’s Laws and Grammar Rules Set to Rock

Music Videos Teach Middle School Science, Math and Grammar

The idea of using rock and roll to teach science appeals to me. I’m not sure how it would go over for Middle School. Will songs about math make math fun? Is it a way to so that math is fun? It seems like it would be a fun way to learn Newton’s laws of physics. And, if a band came to school to perform, wouldn’t that be a nice change of pace? Read more…

best immigration chapter books for kids

Chapter Books to Support 4th Grade or 5th Grade Immigration Unit

Immigration Chapter Books for Fourth Grade

These are terms for my daughter’s 4th grade immigration unit. They also read several of the first four books on Nineteenth Century Immigration above but I’ve added some more books that fit the theme and tell the story of a more recent immigrant experience.

The highlight of this unit is the “Wax Museum.” The children are assigned to different immigrant groups and make a 3-sided display of what their country’s immigration experience was like. Read more…

Memrise, foreign language website, Mandarin Chinese,

Chinese Words Are Easy to Learn. Really!

Chinese Writing and Language Is Fun and Easy

I found this great site, MemRise,  that has language instruction for Mandarin Chinese, French, Spanish and Italian. I checked out the online Mandarin Chinese site because my kids are learning it and I had just enough Chinese lessons as a kid to know how difficult it is. Read more…

subtraction games, subtraction math facts, subtraction games and apps, 2nd grade math

Subtraction and Adding to Ten Math Facts Games

Subtraction Math Facts Practice Made FUN!

Now that I’ve attended two school curriculum nights, it’s clear that the teachers want us to practice math facts at home. I am noticing that all three of my kids have the most difficulty with subtraction. Addition is intuitively more obvious and multiplication is really just more addition. My kids less  confused by the idea of division, at least until they hit long division. Division is regrouping and can be reverse engineered through multiplication. Read more…

winning versus having fun, kids sports teams, etiquette on soccer field

How to Be the Perfect Volunteer Parent Coach

Coaching Training for Parent Volunteers

PickyKidPix is lucky to have had great coaches for soccer — 5 years and running now. Living and competing in towns the mimic those in A Race to Nowhere, it’s easy to find parents who are out of control on the sidelines, screaming at their child or a teenage referee. It’s not a pretty sight. How do you create a supportive environment for your child? Our coach has very specific and concrete rules of engagement. Read more…

Emil Nolde, Emil Nolde Poppy, Emile Nolde Poppies Art Project for Kids

Emil Nolde Poppies Inspired Art Lesson for Kids

Art Project for Kids: Emil Nolde Poppies

Emil Nolde is one of my favorite artists that paints flowers. I especially love his delicate yet loose poppy watercolor paintings. I bought several art books for my daughter but none of them contained my favorite poppy paintings of his. I’ve collected them instead on my Pinterest Board, Virtual Art Museum.

I also have a Veteran’s Day craft and book here.

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Newbery 2013

Predicting 2013 Newbery and Caldecott Winners

Potential Newbery and Caldecott Winners for 2013

Who are the gurus for predicting winners of the Newbery Medal and Caldecott Award? My vote is for: Read more…

Go Orange, Feeding America, Go Orange Hunger

Top 10 Books to Help Kids Understand Food Insecurity

Books for Kids on Issue of Hunger

Thank you to Jennifer Fischer on Twitter who clued me in on the September month long campaign, Go Orange, to help fight hunger. Read more…