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Duct Tape Crafts for Kids: Bags, Purses & Swords

Duct Tape Crafts for Kids of All Ages

Who would have thunk it? That duct tape, tin foil, and copy paper could keep a group of kids quiet for hours. Those who know me can attest that I am not good with the arts and crafts though I admire those who are. I am more of the kind of person who provides the materials and says, “Have at it.” That is about the extent of my arts and crafts skills, unfortunately. Read more…

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Books for 5th Grade and 6th Grade

New Books for 5th Grade and 6th Grade

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: Read more…

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Books for 4th Grade and 5th Grade

New Chapter Books for 4th and 5th Grade

This is a great list of chapter books 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. Other lists include:

Great Reading List of New Books: Kindergarten and 1st Grade Read more…

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Best Chapter Books from My 5th Grade Daughter

Best Chapter Books for 5th Grade Because They Are So Awesome

We lost power for 28 hours from Hurricane Irene yesterday even though by the time it reached Boston, Irene was just a tropical storm. 24+ hours without screens turns out to be a long time for me though my kids made out fine by taking the emergency lamp to the basement to pretend to camp out. By 10 p.m., I was pretty tired of the blackout was using my Color Nook as a light source while rereading David Senderis books. Read more…

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Learn to Multiply in 5 MINUTES!

Multiplication in an Easy Visual Way

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 Multiply and Divide with Sticks and Steps by Maureen Stearns which is a method of multiplication which is beautifully simple and visual. She also promises that this method takes just 5 minutes to learn! And it does too. In 5 minutes, your child will be multiplying! Read more…

How Ancient Greek Statues Really Looked

In Living Color: What Ancient Greek Statues Looked Like

I found this from the Best of Digg.  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. Can you imagine how the ruins today must have really looked like back in the day?  It must have been amazing! Read more…

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Top 10: Similarities Between Kane Chronicles by Riordan and Battle for Maat by Aly

Ancient Egypt Action Adventure Books for Kids

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 sold. My going-int0-6th grader and I are huge Rick Riordan fans and love his Percy Jackson and Kane Chronicles series. Read more…

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U.S. Debt Crisis to Teach Your Kids About Finance

Personal Finance for Kids

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! Read more…