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KidsMathFun Math Worksheet App

Math Worksheet App for Kids

I tested 1st, 2nd and 4th grade KidsMathFun on my  4th grader, 2nd grader and preschooler.  They were not a big hit.  These apps are very straightforward online math worksheets with problems and 4 choices for answers.  There are variations of this with Minute Math (timed), Double Dare (you have the sum and one of the numbers.  Find the missing number), and  Try Again (you can do your incorrect problems over again). Read more…

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Use My Library Summer Book List; It’s on Your Shelves!

Best Summer Book List for Kids

My friend, CapabilityMom, asked me yesterday if I posted on the reading list from our public library (Newton Free Library) and this caused me to go into a tirade: Read more…

best native american books for kids

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

Best Native American Books for Kids

I had the privilege of meeting two Native Americans at the NMSDC (National Minority Supplier Diversity Council) Advanced Management Education Program at Kellogg a few weeks ago.  While I was there to learn about entrepreneurship, I couldn’t help but query them about the Native American children’s literature they grew up.  The upshot is that there is very little and the really good stuff is not well known.

I had to dig on the internet and ask my “go to” librarian for books that portray the experience and tell the story of the Native American people.  Of course, there is not one story but many.  These books help to depict a portion of their story and I would urge you to share these stories with your children so that their stories are not lost and their rich history becomes mainstreamed.  It was both an education and a great pleasure for me to find and read these stories include Abernaki, Iroquis, Mohawk, Lakota, Navajo, Cheyenne, Creek, Cherokee, Potowatami, and Sioux Native Americans. I hope you enjoy them too. Read more…

Top 10: Best Picture Books for Summer Reading (ages 1-8)

Best Picture Books About Summer

When I think of picture books for toddlers and preschoolers that evoke summer, I think of the beach and the zoo because we always make a point to make at least one trip to each of these and more, if possible.  But the power of books is the ability to transport readers to new experiences that they would not necessarily have including going back in time.  These are some of my very favorite books.  I hope you enjoy them and that they transport you and your child to new places. Read more…

Science of Tornados Experiment

Science of Tornados Science Project for Kids

My preschooler had this experiment set up in his classroom but when my kids were visiting for Pancake Breakfast Day, they would not stop playing with this.  It’s a great way to demonstrate the science of tornadoes AND use up some recyclables.  And this would be a fun and stress-free activity for the the summer. Read more…

FREE and FUN Web Game: Spanish Vowels for Kids

Learning Spanish Games for Kids

From my friends at Spanish Playground, a great FUN and FREE web game to learn Spanish vowel sounds.  Thanks Spanish Playground!!! Read more…

Top 100: Kids’ Favorite Books

Best Books for Kids Chosen by Kids

This list was compiled by kids and interesting because it’s not so different from the Teacher’s Choice list also compiled by the National Education Association.  Great minds think alike! Read more…

Top 10: Ways to Make Reading Fun

Ideas to Make Reading Fun for Kids

This is from Home and Family Blog.  Thank you Home and Family blog for this great list of ideas!! Read more…

Tips to Encourage Struggling Readers

Tips for Encouraging Readers Who Struggle

This article is from Child First.  I know that many of us parents are gearing up for summer reading both to get our kids to enjoy reading and to complete summer homework assignments.  If your child does not love to read, this can be really stressful for both parent and child.  This is a great article that give Tips for Encouraging Struggling Readers.  Reading is like a bell curve (remember those from college science classes?  ugh!). Once your child gets over the hump, reading becomes something that is pleasurable.  I hope these tips are helpful for you. Read more…