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Loss of a Pet: Picture Book for ages 4-adult (The Tenth Good Thing…)

Picture Book for Kids on Loss of Pet

Our quest for a puppy took a funny turn. We were third on the list for a female Golden Retriever and the breeder just emailed to say that one of the three female puppies had an accident and lost her tail. That news got me thinking. Our friends who just got a Black Labrador 6-week-old puppy said to try to find a vet that has a “new puppy” package because initial costs for neutering and shots were not inexpensive. She also recommended animal health insurance through Purina which has different deductibles. Capability:Mom‘s dog (a “Doodle” mix) has an auto-immune medical condition. Read more…

Advanced eBook for Kids The Crystal Mountain

eBook Advance Picture Book for Kids

The Crystal Mountain, by Ruth Sanderson for ages 6-10.  Sanderson combines folk tales from China and Norway  in this lushly illustrated book.  This is the perfect eBook for reluctant readers as it can be treated as a portable “book on tape” with rich language and gorgeous illustrations. Read more…

Shapes with Asian American Twist: Round is a Mooncake

eBook Asian American Shape Book for Kids

Round is a Mooncake written by Roseanne Thong and illustrated by Grace Lin, is an ebook for the iPhone or iPad  about shapes with an Asian American Children’s Literature twist.  The eBook is great for new readers because the words light up as the narrator (a charming young girl’s voice) reads the story.  I have to say that I think the lighting up of words as a story is read is one of the greatest attributes of an eBook over a traditional book. Read more…

Peter Rabbit eBook App combines Classic with Puzzle

Peter Rabbit eBook App and Game for Kids

Once Upon an App has made the classic story Peter Rabbit into an eBook for the iPhone or iPad.  This is a delightful iPhone ebook.  The interactive puzzle is a la the classic “Highlights” magazine of spotting the hidden picture in the illustrated line drawing page.  When you find the picture, you move an easter egg to locate it and the picture turns into a beautiful colored illustration.  The story is narrated on each page while you search for the hidden picture. Read more…

Fun Word Problem Picture Book for ages 6-10 (You Can, Toucan, Math)

Picture Book With Math Concepts

This is a fun word problem book featuring birds with problems in addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. This would be a fun book to use for the summer to sneak in a little math but in a really fun way. The sweet spot is 2nd to 3rd graders, but even my preschooler will enjoy this book if we do the problems together by drawing out rows of birds to solve multiplication and division which would be new for him.

If you are looking for more picture books that teach math concepts, I have a post on Picture Books that Teach Math Concepts with more suggestions.

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Chewy Jewelry for Orally Fixated Kids from Kid Companion

Chewy Jewelry for Orally Fixated and SPED Kids

My oldest daughter bites her nails.  It’s pretty bad actually because her nails are bitten down to nubs.  We’ve tried talking to her and putting band aids and the like but it didn’t really work.  So, I found this Chewy Jewelry from Kid Companion on Twitter and it’s a necklace you can chew on designed for special needs kids.  My daughter loves those fidgets also; the special needs kids in her class get them to help keep them focused and she’s always been jealous that she doesn’t get one to play with. Read more…

How To: Raise a Reader and a Writer

Getting Kids Excited about Reading and Writing

This brochure from the National Association for the Education of Young Children comes home with every about-to-be-a-Kindergartner at our school.  This is their guide to parents for raising a reader and writer.  I just condensed it and added a few ideas of my own. Read more…

“Outside-the-Box” Math Books: Life of Fred (4th -12th Grade)

I blogged on how much I liked Dr. Stanley Schmidt’s Life of Fred: Beginning Algebra, As Serious as It Needs to Be.

Good news!  I didn’t realize he wrote a whole series of math textbooks:

Life of Fred: Fractions – For me, I’d have my 4th grader start on this one.  Also, because the lessons are chunked out into 100ish chunks, it does coincide perfectly as a summer enrichment text.  Now, it’s not likely we will finish the book over a summer.  My child would rebel against daily homework and she has a busy summer camp schedule.  But I will work it into the nooks and crannies of the day and give her a big bribe (iPod Touch) upon completion, so we will likely have it done by Christmas. I had my daughter, who does NOT love math, look over the book to see if she’d do it,  and she said that she liked the stories so she’d try it.

Life of Fred: Decimals and Percents. From Fractions, this would be the next stop.

Life of Fred: Beginning Algebra is next and Dr. Schmidt has a new Fred’s Home Companion:  Beginning Algebra for this book.

Life of Fred: Advanced Algebra

Life of Fred: Geometry

Life of Fred: Trigonometry and Fred’s Home Companion: Trigonometry

Life of Fred: Calculus

Life of Fred: Statistics


To buy these books, please go to http://www.stanleyschmidt.com/FredGauss/index2.html The books are $25 at his site but much more on Amazon.

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Picture Book about Autism for Typicals in Elementary School

Picture Book Teaches Kids Compassion

The Friendship Puzzle (about Autism) by Julie L. Coe.  This is a great book to teach children how to relate to their classmates with special needs.  In this picture book, MacKenzie Macabee meets Dylan, the new boy at school who seems a little different.  When he has trouble fitting in, she puts the pieces of the puzzle together of why and learns about autism, but, even more importantly, she learns how to connect with him.  Her friendship with Dylan helps to bring her classmates around and he becomes a sought after soccer player.

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