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Top 10: Korean American Children’s Books (ages 2-16)

Best Korean American Books for Kids

My husband is Korean and I joke that the Koreans are nicknamed “The Irish of Asia.”   Like the Irish, they have a strong culture despite a long history of invasion and occupation.  Like the Irish, they have a penchant for drinking and fighting.  And like the Irish, there is a vein of melancholy than runs through their DNA.   Or at least, this is my take on it. Read more…

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Top 10: Japanese American Children’s Books (ages 2-16)

Best Japanese American Books for Kids

The story of Japanese immigration is also true for my own family history.  Changes in Japan during the Meiji Restoration from 1868 to 1912 wrought great changes in Japan as the country tried to modernize.  The old feudal system of titled landowners was abruptly stripped away, and the daimyo domains of titled landowners were turned into prefectures.   For those families including my own, they were forced to buy back their own lands as some of their lost lands included sacred family burial grounds.  To earn the money, large numbers of Japanese men found work in Hawaii in the pineapple and sugar cane plantations and from there, migrated to the mainland. Read more…

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Kids’ Favorite Books: Children’s Choice Book Awards

Kids Give Book Award to Their Favorite Books

The Children’s Choice Book Awards is the only national children’s book awards program where winning titles are selected by young readers of all ages. The good news here is that there is a very high probability that your child will like these books too! The children (and teens) have spoken! These are their favorite books for 2011! Read more…

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Effective Study Habits: Modesty is More Effective!

How to Study Effectively

An article in Education Week cites new research on study skills from Williams College. The bottom line is, when students have to work harder to remember material, they are able to retrieve it more effectively. Read more…

Exciting Science Ideas for Kids: Science Project Ideas!

Science Project Ideas for Kids: Atlantis, Mermaids, Outer Space Mysteries

Both of these ideas come from a cool sci-fi science-y blog that I read called io9: We Come From the Future. And then I read an article from Education Week on how effective “informal science education” is. You know, like taking your kids to the zoo, signing them up for legos or robotics class, or a mad science after school club where girls can make their own lip gloss. Because the thing is, science is about discovery and, in the real world, through a series of trial and error, mostly error. Science is much less about memorizing mind-numbing factoids or cranking out problem sets which is, sadly enough, what it seems to be in school. Read more…

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Top 10: Best Baseball Chapter Books (ages 7-16)

Best Baseball Books for Kids

These books are from a Mom Blogger friend at CoffeeShopBloggers whose daughter is a sports fanatic and these were her favorite baseball books.  These books are appropriate for grades 3-5th.   The “…and Me” novels, also known as, the Baseball Card Adventures are fun because the child in the story travels back in time to meet a baseball legend.

I suspect that any little leaguer who might not love to read will enjoy these books! It might even inspire them to look at baseball equipment from Homerun Monkey and start playing baseball immediately. But I actually hope to get them reading! Read more…

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Top 10: Secret Hidden Things in Picture Books

Goodnight Moon Secret Things to Spot

This list was challenging for me to put together. The first six were easy but then the digging got hard. Did you know that Goodnight Moon has a little white mouse hidden on the full page color illustrations? OK, it took me a while to learn about that. Read more…

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Top 10: Eerie Similarities of Newest Penderwicks and Karen Day Book

Penderwicks Series and Book Just Like It!

It might have been a sheer coincidence (cue Twilight Zone music below!), but I was reading the newest Penderwicks book(The Penderwicks at Point Mouette by Jeanne Birdsall) with my middle child and the newest book from Karen Day (A Million Miles from Boston) with my oldest simultaneously and I was struck by the myriad of similarities between both books AND YET the books are so different AND written at the same time. Coincidence? Maybe, or perhaps there is a more cosmic messages afoot?! Let’s investigate! Read more…

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Best Math Workbooks for Home or Summer Supplementation

I find that no matter how good your elementary school is, there is always a need to supplement your child’s math curriculum at home.  For some of my kids, they needed additional challenge that their school was not providing.  For another child, I found that she needed more individualized attention to really “get it.”  All of my kids benefited from additional math fact drills, and home supplementation helped me to understand how my child learns and exactly what each child needed additional practice on. Read more…