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Kids’ Sports: Winning versus Having Fun

What’s More Important? Winning or Having Fun?

So, here’s the thing about winning versus having fun:  it’s more fun to win than to lose.  I hate to sound all “not PC,” but that is the truth.  On the other hand, there is nothing more unattractive than a parent out of control on the sidelines screaming at their kids with the intensity of someone whose head might explode if their child doesn’t do exactly what s/he is screaming about.  That’s not pretty and sometimes this story ends tragically. Read more…

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East Coast Earthquake … As Learning Opportunity for Kids!

Science of Earthquakes for Kids

I grew up in Southern California and experienced many an earthquake including the Northridge one which was quite memorable. Though many in my area felt the recent East Coast earthquake, it went unnoticed at my house. I think it was because we were all in the basement so we did not feel our house move at all. Still, this is a teachable moment for any child who might have anxiety or curiosity about earthquakes between this one and the huge one in Japan. Read more…

Happy Roald Dahl Day from My Daughter's 3rd Grade Class

Happy Roald Dahl Day from My Daughter’s 3rd Grade Class

Roald Dahl Day and Our Favorite Roald Dahl Books

Now that my middle daughter is nine-years-old and spent the better part of the year (along with her classmates) voraciously reading Roald Dahl (with me besides her helping out), we both have a much deeper appreciation for Roald Dahl. We told her teacher about Roald Dahl day and she wanted to celebrate it as a classroom special day but unfortunately it was too late in the year at September 13. School has barely begun and the teachers are busy assessing where their students are. Too bad. What are your favorite Roald Dahl Books? Read more…

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Predicting 2011 Caldecott and Newbery Winners

Picking 2011 Newbery and Caldecott Winners

I think Fuse #8  Production is one of the best children’s lit blogs around. Her predictions for Caldecott and Newbery Winners is usually dead on and I use her list to buy Christmas and birthday books for my kids because the timing of the actual awards comes in early January which is not perfect timing for the holiday season gift buying. Last year based on her list, I bought my oldest a stack of chapter books from her list, and my youngest, a stack of picture books. These are the chapter books my (at the time) 5th grade daughter LOVED: Read more…

How To: Get Reluctant Readers Who Can Decode Reading

When Good Readers Don’t Want to Read. Ever!

This is part 2 of a nice series from TWRCank.com — Resources for Teaching Online:  Think, Wonder, Reflect, Connect & Refine.  The entire article can be found by clicking here. Read more…

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Newbery Winners by Grade Appropriateness!

I remember when I handed my daughter The Tiger Rising by Kate DiCamillo when she was in third grade. We had just enjoyed Because of Winn Dixie together by the same author and The Tiger Rising seemed perfect from the quick cover once over. The chapter book was short, with biggish text inside.

A few days later, my daughter asks if she can please stop reading.

“Why?” I asked her.

“It’s too sad,” she replied.

I took the book from her and read the first few chapters. I was horrified to find out that this was a Grapes of Wrath level of sad kind of story. Not that this book isn’t wonderful or beautifully written but it was just too sad for an 8-year-old to bear.

After that I started reading ahead to screen all her books for her. And then I started this blog. I guess if I had this list, I wouldn’t be blogging!

I have added one asterisk to the books that I’ve read and liked it and two asterisks for books I read and loved.  I also think that you can go up a grade or even two for these books but I would not necessarily go down.

 

Newbery Books by Age Appropriateness

2013: The One and Only Ivan (Grade 3) **

2012: Dead End in Norvelt (Grade 5) *

2011: Moon Over Manifest (Grade 4) **

2010: When You Reach Me (Grade 5) **

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Best Books on Children’s Learning Disabilities (ADHD, ADD, Dyslexia)

Best Books on Learning Disabilities

This is a really helpful post from The Children’s Book Writer on books covering learning disabilities.  If you have any suggestions of other good books on this topic, please leave a comment.  Thank you! Read more…

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Best Books for Boy Readers, Reluctant or Otherwise (ages 7-14)

Great Books for Boys, Reluctant Readers or Otherwise

This post is getting too long (and crashing) so I splitting it into three parts:

Best Books for Boy Readers, Reluctant or Otherwise: Part 1 (Authors by Last Name A-L)

Best Books for Boy Readers, Reluctant or Otherwise: Part 2 (Authors by Last Name M-Z)

Best Books for Boy Readers, Reluctant or Otherwise: Part 3 (Non-Fiction) Read more…

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Top 10: Best Children’s Birthday Party Ideas

Most Popular Birthday Parties for Kids

I am in the throes of planning my son’s 7th birthday party And he took too long to decide so I wasn’t able to book the trampoline party on the day he wanted and at an acceptable time when the parents wouldn’t kill me for. The Sunday night slot from 5 to 7:30 pm was not going to be popular with the parents! So, he opted for the video/laser tag party which, luckily, was free. Now I just have to procure a Sonic the Hedgehog birthday cake. Read more…