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Olympic Games and Books for Kids GIVEAWAY

Celebrating Olympics with Books and Games for Kids

If you are like us, the TV will be on non-stop for the Summer 2012 Olympics starting tomorrow. To make the Olympics fun for kids, why not conduct your own Olympic games for kids including the opening and closing ceremonies? Bonus points for covering the history of Olympics; with its roots in Ancient Greece, this also might spark an interest in Greek Mythology! Read more…

Reading Activities for Summer Learning Fun

Please welcome mom and literacy expert, Nadine Cruz-Saubert, with great reading activities ideas for summer learning.

Getting Kids Reading During the Summer

As a mother of 3 very different children, I wanted to come up with an inexpensive way extend our reading experiences this summer.  I didn’t want to just send my kids to their bedroom to read.  With the abundance of resources available on the web and the books I have collected throughout the years, I compiled a laundry list of activities we can do after reading experiences. Read more…

My 7yOld Son’s Favorite Books for Beginning Readers

Best Books for Beginning Readers

I was reading a post from Delightful Children’s Book, an excellent kids’ book blog,  when she confesses to hiding the fantasy chapter books her son prefers underneath the realistic fiction that she’d rather he read. I am the same about wanting my kids to read the carefully chosen books that I have selected for each of my kids. It’s just like the cobbler’s kids not having shoes, right? The children’s book bloggers’ kids all want to pick books on their own that are not sanctioned. Read more…

Week 5: Summer Math for Incoming 2nd Grade

Math Games for Kids

My elementary school also give some great and fun and educational board games and card games that support math learning. Make one night a week a family game night and try any of these games. Read more…

The Boy Who Changed the World

Book Club for Boys: The Boy Who Changed the World

Book Clubs For Boys

My son had a great little boy book club based on this advanced historical fiction book that my Mom Friend Ann hosted. This advanced picture book reads like a zen koan and it took us several times though to get the gist of it but once we did, we were entranced. I had no idea that somehow George Washington Carver was somehow a pivotal person responsible for saving billions of lives through the creation of super seeds that yield more food. Read more…

Pollination: Video and Ideas for Summer Learning

Science Activities for Kids

My mom sent me this gorgeous video of the wonders of pollination. We try to plant a garden every spring that attracts butterflies but I miss the hummingbirds that used to visit my garden in California. I think there are hummingbirds in New England, but I haven’t seen any in my garden yet. I probably need a hummingbird feeder though. Read more…

If You Like This Picture Book, Try This Newly Published One GIVEAWAY

New Picture Books Like Old Favorites

In reviewing new picture books, I am finding that I can shorthand a review to a friend by just matching it up to an older, well-known book.  If You Like This, Try That … kind of thing. What do you think? Does it work for you?

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Kathryn Starke

How To: Teach Kids to Read Independently

Reading Strategies for Independent Reading

Please welcome my guest author, Kathryn Starke, who is am an urban elementary school literacy specialist, children’s author, freelance writer and the founder/CEO of Creative Minds Publications and Consulting, global educational companies. Read more…

vocabulary through board games

Vocabulary as Game with Board Games and Books

Games Kids Like to Build Vocabulary

I found this article that I thought made a lot of sense called Vocabulary: Five Common Misconceptions: Read more…