I would never have guessed that duct tape, foil and paper could keep a group of kids busy and quiet for hours. What was amazing was that the group had great diversity of age (from 6 years old through 15 years old) and was comprised of boys and girls. It’s true that the Duck brand duct tape has great patterns and colors which makes it very fun. I don’t even mind the weapons they constructed even though that led to hand-to-hand combat; the duct tape weapons are not very sturdy so no one gets hurt. What are your kids making with duct tape? Please share!
This great list is from my local library, the Newton Free Library. If you are part of the Minuteman Library System, just click on the title to reserve the book. These lists have a great mix of graphic novels, non-fiction, poems, fiction, audio books and more. I have more lists here.
This is a list from my library (Newton Free Library). If you are a member of the Minuteman Library System, you can click on the title of the book to reserve.
I am thrilled that she is loving to read and now that she is cranking through book series, I am noticing a pattern: she loves fast paced, fantasy adventure books, particularly those in which the main characters possess special powers. I asked her for her Top 5 Series recommendations and all fit the bill except for The Mysterious Benedict Society. These series also have unisex appeal as I have noticed that she is lending out her books to both male and female classmates. Finally, these books are appropriate for a wider audience beyond 5th grade, I’d say the range is grades 3rd through 8th.
My youngest is going into first grade and he loves math. I asked him if he wanted to learn to multiply in five minutes and he said, “Yes!” And so we started reading the Sticks and Steps method of multiplication which is beautifully simple and visual.
I do love those old fashioned books; you know, the ones where no one fights at all EVER. Siblings get along beautifully, parents never get divorced, and there’s always a happy ending. In fact, there is so little conflict, there isn’t much plot. It’s more like a series of short vignettes of what life was like back then. Was life that simple and conflict free back then? I doubt it, but I do love reading about it with my kids.
For those interested in Ancient Greek Civilization, Greek Mythology or just plain old Percy Jackson fans, check out this post from ColourLovers that depicts ancient Greek sculpture and how they really looked based on scientific research…
I was asked to join a blog tour for Egypt: The Uprising, Battle for Ma’at by Amira Aly. When I learned the book was about ancient Egypt and was an adventure series, I was hooked. My going-int0-6th grader and I are huge Rick Riordan fans and love his Percy Jackson series and his Kane Chronicles series (The Red Pyramid, and The Throne of Fire). What is fascinating about Battle for Ma’at author Amira Aly is that she lives and writes in Egypt. An insider, so to speak. And her book does have nuances of Egyptian mythology that make Riordan’s Kane Chronicles seem like it just skims the surface. But I don’t mind. I love both these series. I would say that Aly’s series reads as slightly older — middle school and up, while Riordan’s books are wonderful in that they span a huge age range from 3rd grade through 8th grade. Let’s get started with the Top 10 Similarities!
Thank you to Capability:Mom for sending me this great article from the New York Times. It’s chock full of resources to take advantage of our U.S. Debt Crisis as a teachable moment for your children. Someone should be learning something valuable during this crisis and I’m not betting on our politicians!