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Best fun way for kids children students to learn to speak and write Mandarin Chinese Pragmatic Mom PragmaticMom

Teach Kids Mandarin Chinese (and make it fun!)

Teach Kids Chinese Words in a Fun and Easy Way

My kids are one-quarter Chinese so I am making them learn Mandarin even though no one in my family can speak it. It’s become a very popular foreign language option at our Middle School so I thought I’d post on all the paraphernalia that I’ve found to expose my kids to Chinese.

p.s. Other Chinese Language posts:

Chinese Words are Easy to Learn, Really!

Cheat Sheet for Pronouncing Chinese (Pinyin)

iPhone App To Learn Chinese for Kids

Teach Toddlers Chinese Through Songs and Nursery Rhymes

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Books for Back to School Issues: Bullying, Nut Allergy, ADHD and more

Back to School Books on Bullying, Allergies and ADHD

I was just booking a long overdue orthodontic consultation for my middle child when the front desk lady and I both remarked about how quickly the school year is flying by! October already?!! Now that we are back in the swing of school, here are some new picture books on specific school issue topics. My kids were especially fond of the Princess and the Peanut: A  Royally Allergic Fairytale.   Read more…

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Top 10 Children’s Books: Librarian as Super Hero (for ages 1-12)

Librarians in Children’s Books Who Change Lives

UPDATE: It seems that our beloved librarians are under siege due to draconian budget cuts in California. Why do we need librarians? There is a great article here from The Los Angeles Times. [excerpt: “To get them off the payroll, the district is arguing that librarians don’t teach and thus don’t qualify for the seniority protections given to teachers.”]

If your school librarian is in danger of being cut, I would advise strength in numbers and advocacy. Rally other parents and make a big stink. Do your research and present your case. You’d be surprised how a group of fired up parents can change the world! Read more…

How to encourage creativity by making your own Halloween costume PragmaticMom Pragmatic Mom

DIY Halloween Costume to Encourage Creativity

Make Your Own Halloween Costumes to Encourage Creativity

I am really not a person who can make Halloween costumes. I’m just not very creative when it comes to Arts and Crafts. I like the idea of assembling or creating your own Halloween costume. The ones that you buy are always so poorly made plus my kids hate it when their friends have the exact same costume. It’s even more challenging when your kids are small for their age (like mine!). When Mitch offered to write a post on this, I happily agreed. I am going to show this to my kids to see if we can’t drum up some cardboard and creativity. I know we have plenty of duct tape! Read more…

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7 Exceptional Picture Books for Fall

Best Picture Books Celebrating Autumn

Please welcome return guest author Sarah Pinneo. I love her picture book selections and many are new to me. They all have a wonderful autumnal, rustic-living-in-the-country feel. Are you ready for Fall? It’s come so fast! What are your favorite picture books that you are reading that evoke this time of year? Please share! Read more…

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Roundup of Helpful Links: Multicultural Books and Writing for Kids, Apps for College!

Best Blogs for Moms

Delightful Children’s Books is a blog that I’ve just started following and it’s great! She has a wonderful post on International Children’s Picture Books by Country with Crafts and Recipes. She covers all the continents and has great resources on additional book lists. Read more…

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New Books for 1st and 2nd Grade

Books for First Grade and Second Grade

This is a great reading list from the Newton Free Library system that includes graphic novels, easy readers, non fiction, picture books, poetry and magazines. If you are part of the Minutemen library system, just click on link of book title to reserve. Read more…

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Skip Counting Songs for Multiplication and Division Facts

Skip Counting Songs to Learn Multiplication and Division

I was slow to get her oldest to master multiplication facts.  By the middle of third grade, my daughter was tested weekly on multiplication; times twos, times five and times ten were not so hard but then all of a sudden, we had a week to learn x3, then another week for x4, and on and on.  Yikes.  A fast way to learn multiplication was in order.  Luckily, my mom friend was a third grade teacher.  She found that some children learn very effortlessly though song.  These are the skip-counting songs that she taught in her classroom.   Although, my daughter wasn’t that excited to sing these songs, hearing them sung incessantly helped her to master multiplication, and these songs work even better for division.

p.s. Other math posts.

Math Karaoke App for Learning Math Facts

More Multiplication Strategies from Kids That Work

Math Facts Games for Kids

 

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Best Math Apps for Kids

Math Apps that Teach and Entertain Kids

I do think that math apps for the iPhone/iPad/iPod are a really fun way to learn and practice math. In some ways, very specific apps like the ones from iDevMath can serve as a private tutor for your child, teaching a concept step by step and provide problems for practice. Read more…