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Gecko Chameleon? Can You Spot It?

Gecko Chameleon Anole?

We found this Gecko in Bermuda that I thought could change its colors like a Chameleon. I call it a Gecko Chameleon but then I actually did a little research and its real name is a Bermuda Anole or Antiguan Anole. Read more…

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Top 10: Best Picture and Chapter Books That Deal with Bullies

Books for Kids About Bullying

I have a very Politically Incorrect story to confess (my favorite kind!). My youngest is a boy and very small for his age. When he was in preschool — a wonderful preschool with an equally wonderful teacher and assistant teacher — another little boy his size bullied him by whacking him on several occasions with a block that is basically a 2 x 4 chunk of wood. I witnessed this during the wait time before the drop off. Read more…

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Sign Language for Kids

Teaching Kids Sign Language

PickyKidPix has been learning sign language in class because there is a child who is hard of hearing. He’s been her classmate for three years now and it’s amazing to me how much sign language she’s picked up from just first grade, 2nd and 3rd grade. I asked her if she uses it and she says that she will sign with that boy even though his also has Cochlear implants. Sometimes signing is just less disruptive. Read more…

The magic of Fibonacci numbers

Math Fun for Kids: Math in Spirals

Books for Kids about Math of Spirals

It started with my son’s favorite picture book, Math Curse, where I could not get this pattern of numbers:

1, 1, 2, 3, 5 …

And who was this Fibonacci character anyway? I had a feeling that the name was not a random choice. Read more…

Dear Flyary

New Picture Book Reviews by My First Grade Son

New Picture Books for 1st Grade

A page from Dear Flyary, my son’s favorite new picture book!

My 7-year-0ld son in first grade reviews a large stack of newly published books. He ranks them by preference. #10 is his favorite and it’s not surprising to me that it’s Dear Flyary, a picture book for kids about a cute alien with a new vehicle. Read more…

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Best Books for Kids: Classic Children’s Books Still Beloved Now

Best Classic Books for Kids

Maurice Sendak has left the house but it’s comforting to know that his work will live on forever, and thus, he will be beloved forever. There is a great piece in the New York Times: Read more…

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Best Summer Math Supplementation Work Books and More

Best Math Work Books

Yes I am that kind of mom that believes in summer math. Math is a learned skill not a gift of genetics. It’s like a shark; either you are moving forwards or you die. Ok, you don’t actually die but you start to forget and when September rolls around, you’ve gone backwards from where you were in June. Read more…

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Best Books for Kids Who Like Aliens that Build Vocabulary!

Best Alien Books for Boys

My 7-year-old son loves alien books. While some boys are put off by the weird Alien language, he thinks it’s funny. I read Henry P. Baloney to his Kindergarten class the week he was the Star of the Week, and I noticed most of the kids did not find the book as funny as we do. Author Jon Scieszka in a sly use of foreign language onomatopoeia, uses words from almost two dozen languages that kind of sound like English words in this engaging picture book. Read more…

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LIVE CHAT with Tad Hills and Learning to Read

Learning to Read with Magnetic Alphabet Game

Live Chat with Tad Hills of How Rocket Learned to Read

Tuesday, May 8th. 9 pm EST. Read more…