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4 Tips to Get Kids with ADHD to Read

How to Get ADHD Kids Reading

I didn’t know that Percy Jackson author, Rick Riordan, has a son who has ADHD and is dyslexic which is also true of Percy Jackson.  I love how Riordan made ADHD and dyslexia part of the storyline that shows the gifts that also come with ADHD and dyslexia — fast reflexes, ability to read Ancient Greek, etc. Read more…

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Best Multicultural YA Books for Teens

Best Multicultural Young Adult Books

I found this on a great blog that I follow called  PaperTigers that covers multi cultural KidLit and literacy around the world. They took YALSA‘s (Young Adult Library Services Association) has just released their 2012 Best Fiction for Young Adults Nominations list and culled out the multi-cultural books. The books nominated have been published within the past 16 months, are recommended for ages 12 – 18, and meet the criteria of both good quality literature and appealing reading for teens. Read more…

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Top 10: Best Native American Middle School Books

Best Native American Chapter Books for Middle School

This is part 2 of the 3 part series on Top 10:  Best Native American Children’s Books by Debbie Reese.  She is the authority on this topic.  This list has her top picks for middle school chapter books. For her Top 10 list of Picture Books, please click here.   Read more…

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Best Drawing Apps for Kids (ages 2-14)

Best Apps for Drawing That Kids Love

I didn’t have an iPad when my kids were in preschool so we completely missed this phase. My youngest had access to my iPhone and he played with the Grinch camera and made us and all his preschool friends into Grinch-like creatures after snapping their photo with my phone. Had I known that it was a precious moment in time, never to be duplicated, I would have saved those faces and emailed them to their moms if I were totally together. Read more…

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5th Grade Book Club for Girls: A Million Miles from Boston

Book Club for Girls Entering Middle School

We were so lucky to have Karen Day as a guest at my 6th grader’s book club last week. The girls were super excited because they met her last year when she came as a guest author for our meeting on her previous baseball book, No Cream Puffs. Read more…

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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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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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Virtual Frog Dissection Science App for Kids

Virtual Frog Dissection Science App for Kids

We have a pair of West African frogs swimming around (barely because they are in need of a water change) in an enclosed ecosystem the size of a small vase.  My youngest was at a toy store and settled for this prize when I refused to buy him the really expensive toy he wanted.  Now it’s just me and the frogs.  I need to remember to feed them on Tuesdays and Fridays.  They sit in the dining room as a reminder that they still exist. Read more…

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Klutz Craft Pom Pom Monster Salon

Klutz Craft Book for Kids

My 6th grader  made this cute pom pom monster using this fun Klutz activity book. It’s actually made from yarn that is thoughtfully suppled by the kit. You loop it around and around to make the puff balls, then use the other accessories to make your cute monster of choice. The great news is that once you use up the yarn provided, you can easily make more pom pom monsters by raiding your mom’s yarn supply. Or maybe that is just what my child did. Read more…