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7 Exceptional Picture Books for Fall

Best Picture Books Celebrating Autumn

Please welcome return guest author Sarah Pinneo. I love her picture book selections and many are new to me. They all have a wonderful autumnal, rustic-living-in-the-country feel. Are you ready for Fall? It’s come so fast! What are your favorite picture books that you are reading that evoke this time of year? Please share! Read more…

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Virtual Frog Dissection Science App for Kids

Virtual Frog Dissection Science App for Kids

We have a pair of West African frogs swimming around (barely because they are in need of a water change) in an enclosed ecosystem the size of a small vase.  My youngest was at a toy store and settled for this prize when I refused to buy him the really expensive toy he wanted.  Now it’s just me and the frogs.  I need to remember to feed them on Tuesdays and Fridays.  They sit in the dining room as a reminder that they still exist. Read more…

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Klutz Craft Pom Pom Monster Salon

Klutz Craft Book for Kids

My 6th grader  made this cute pom pom monster using this fun Klutz activity book. It’s actually made from yarn that is thoughtfully suppled by the kit. You loop it around and around to make the puff balls, then use the other accessories to make your cute monster of choice. The great news is that once you use up the yarn provided, you can easily make more pom pom monsters by raiding your mom’s yarn supply. Or maybe that is just what my child did. Read more…

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Roundup of Helpful Links: Multicultural Books and Writing for Kids, Apps for College!

Best Blogs for Moms

Delightful Children’s Books is a blog that I’ve just started following and it’s great! She has a wonderful post on International Children’s Picture Books by Country with Crafts and Recipes. She covers all the continents and has great resources on additional book lists. Read more…

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Massachusetts Book Awards 2012 For Grades 3-7th

Best Chapter Books for Kids

The fifth graders at my kids’ elementary school are challenged to try to read all the books for the Massachusetts Book Award. I’ve noticed many of them have won Newbery awards so it’s a great list. I found a breakdown for age appropriateness and have organized the books that way. I am excited about this list because there are beloved and acclaimed authors on the list as well as some who are new to me. 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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Best Math Apps for Kids

Math Apps that Teach and Entertain Kids

I do think that math apps for the iPhone/iPad/iPod are a really fun way to learn and practice math. In some ways, very specific apps like the ones from iDevMath can serve as a private tutor for your child, teaching a concept step by step and provide problems for practice. Read more…

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Best Books for 2nd Grade Girl but No Animals Talking, Fantasy or Adoption Themes

Best Books for 2nd Grade with Some Stipulations

I remember how difficult it was to find great books for kids once they’ve moved to chapter books but are not quite ready for Newbery books. Read more…

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Reading Strategies for Kids Who Hate Reading

How to get Reluctant Readers to Like Reading

This great post is from Canadian blogger, Rebecca Writes. All my posts on Reluctant Readers are here. Read more…