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Tips for Hooking Reluctant Readers

Getting Kids Who Hate Reading to Love It

This wonderful list of books is from author Maria Scheel. You can find her blog by clicking here.  Her full post can be found here. Read more…

NERDS: A series for Reluctant Readers

Books for Boys Who Hate to Read

This is from FunKidsLive.  It looks like a great chapter book series for reluctant boy readers.  NERDS (which stands for National Espionage, Rescue and Defense Society) is a new book series by Michael Buckley.  I send this to my Mom Friend with a reluctant boy reader and she confirmed: yes, we own this and yes, we love this. Read more…

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Percy Jackson + Ancient Egypt = Red Pyramid

Ancient Egypt Mythology Chapter Books for Kids

I was at the bookstore with my middle child in search of the newest Clementine book and the latest Ivy and Bean book.  We found the new Clementine but we already owned the latest Ivy and Bean.  As we were checking out, I noticed this pile of books behind the check out counter. Read more…

iPhone/iPad/iPod app: iLiveMath Speed (word problems for ages 6-12)

iLiveMath Speed uses race cars, sail boats, jets, the Space Shuttle, and more to teach Distance = Rate x Time, ratios, km/hour, mph, knots, and speed of sound terms such as Mach, supersonic, and hypersonic in a word problem format!  I really like this app because it introduces Physics as a multiplication word problem appropriate for older elementary school students.

I don’t know about you, but I really struggled through Pre-Med college physics and had to get friends to help explain basic concepts to me (i.e.  see how we are walking at the same pace?  That’s speed.  Speed = distance X time [miles per hour or mph or km per hour].  Now we are walking faster.  Acceleration is the increase in speed.  The formula is acceleration = force / mass.  Force = mass X gravity.)  Yikes!  It gets complicated quickly that it is nice to introduce these concepts in a fun way such that it becomes intuitive rather than a memorization of formulas.  This app doesn’t actually cover acceleration but by teaching Distance = Rate x Time, it’s an appropriate and intuitive introduction to physics for an elementary school student.

The format of iLiveMath Speed is similar to iLiveMath Trains so click here to read that review which goes over some nice features in both apps such as the roll-y answer bar and the number sentence for correct answers.

Here are the levels for iLiveMath Speed with a sample problem from the app.

Level 1:  Addition and Subtraction

A lead pack of 13 Formula One cars drafted in a line and as they rounded a turn, 2 zoomed ahead.  How many are left behind?

Level 2:  Addition, Subtraction, and Multiplication (speed, rate, distance and time)

If sailboats raced at an average speed of 16 knots, how many nautical miles are traveled in 2 hours?  (1 knot = 1 nautical mile/hr).

Level 3:  Advanced Addition, Subtraction and Multiplication (with speed, rate, distance and time)

If a Maglev train journeyed at an average speed to 223 mph, how many miles are traveled in 7 hours?  (Distance = Rate x Time)

Again, like iLiveMath Trains, there are appealing photos of things that go fast as well as fun sound effects.  Here are some screen shots:

This app is appealing to boys but I would try girls out on it as well!  The app is $3.99 and can be purchased at iTunes.  You can click on the little icon above to check out at iTunes.

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Favorite Books for Preschool to 5th Grade

Best Books for Kids in All Genres

I found this great site, GreatSchools.org ,  with extensive reading lists specific to each grade.  If your child is finishing up their summer reading and still needs a book or two, this is a great resource.  What I really like about it is that it covers many genres of books including: Read more…

Train Themed Word Problem Math App for Kids

Best Word Problem Math App for Kids

I am a huge fan of word problems.  I love how it combines literacy with math.  I love how it’s a puzzle in words that you must solve with a number sentence.  I love how it trains the brain to decode words into numbers and vice versa.  I love that it’s difficult. — this is not a rote operation, one must think to solve a problem.  That being said, word problems are challenging! (and fun!) Read more…

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Math Karaoke App for Singing Multiplication Facts

Singing Your Multiplication Math Facts

Do I believe in singing your way into multiplication fact proficiency?  You betcha!  Different kids learn through different means and singing is a very effective way for some children.  My oldest was tortured by the multiplication tables; she didn’t want to learn them and struggled with them.  What was worse was that she was tested every week on a particular fact family and it took an entire family effort each week to get her proficient. Read more…

How To: Pack Healthy Snacks Your Kids Will Eat

Healthy Snacks Kids Like

As my husband and I struggle to pack lunches and snacks for our kids’ camp lunches, I find myself wandering the grocery store aisles searching for healthy choices that my kids will actually eat.  While waiting at the hospital for my mammogram (annual check up), I saw a great article on this topic on  WebMD magazine (who knew they had a magazine?!).  So I searched their website further and found some helpful suggestions. Read more…

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How To: Raise a Confident Kid

Tips for Raising a Confident Kid

DesignTrackMind asked me to post on this topic and I thought, “Gee, I wish I knew myself.”  She said that she is asking me, not because I have all the answers, but because she knows that I will go crazy and do all the research.  So, I did it, and here it is.  And may we all raise confident kids because the world would be a better place if we did. Read more…