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Middle School Books Hot off the Presses

Great New Books for Middle School Kids

This great list is from the Newton Free Library system. I find that they have great book lists but sometimes there are so many of them that they are challenging to locate on the website. I was at my first Middle School Curriculum night and my daughter’s English teacher (who is her favorite teacher so far!) said that he expects his students to read 250 minutes a week. He wants them to get in the groove of reading because stats show that reading drops off at seventh and eighth grade and he’s hoping that won’t happen if the kids get some momentum. Here’s hoping! Read more…

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Best Books for Middle School Kids from Actual Middle School Students

Favorite Books for Middle School from Middle School Kids

Once your child can read Harry Potter, the entire universe of books opens up, but what is age appropriate?  I have handed my oldest chapter books that were Newbery Award winners, on the thin side, and with decent size type only to find them a tad too old for her based on content.  I have a tendency to steer what I call “Grapes of Wrath” realism to middle school; I think these books are fine for 4th or 5th grade as a classroom assignment because the teacher provides context, but reading for pleasure should be … a pleasure.  Read more…

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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…

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Top 10: Banned or Challenged Books to READ!

Why Read Banned and Challenged Books?

I was helping out at my school book fair last year, and I pointed out And Tango Makes Three to my son’s Kindergarten teacher as she was looking for good books to put in her pile. “This one is banned because the parents of the penguin are gay,” I told her. “I heard it was really good.” Read more…

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Reading Strategies for Kids Who Hate Reading

How to get Reluctant Readers to Like Reading

This great post is from Canadian blogger, Rebecca Writes. All my posts on Reluctant Readers are here. Read more…

Kids’ Sports: Winning versus Having Fun

What’s More Important? Winning or Having Fun?

So, here’s the thing about winning versus having fun:  it’s more fun to win than to lose.  I hate to sound all “not PC,” but that is the truth.  On the other hand, there is nothing more unattractive than a parent out of control on the sidelines screaming at their kids with the intensity of someone whose head might explode if their child doesn’t do exactly what s/he is screaming about.  That’s not pretty and sometimes this story ends tragically. Read more…

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East Coast Earthquake … As Learning Opportunity for Kids!

Science of Earthquakes for Kids

I grew up in Southern California and experienced many an earthquake including the Northridge one which was quite memorable. Though many in my area felt the recent East Coast earthquake, it went unnoticed at my house. I think it was because we were all in the basement so we did not feel our house move at all. Still, this is a teachable moment for any child who might have anxiety or curiosity about earthquakes between this one and the huge one in Japan. Read more…

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Predicting 2011 Caldecott and Newbery Winners

Picking 2011 Newbery and Caldecott Winners

I think Fuse #8  Production is one of the best children’s lit blogs around. Her predictions for Caldecott and Newbery Winners is usually dead on and I use her list to buy Christmas and birthday books for my kids because the timing of the actual awards comes in early January which is not perfect timing for the holiday season gift buying. Last year based on her list, I bought my oldest a stack of chapter books from her list, and my youngest, a stack of picture books. These are the chapter books my (at the time) 5th grade daughter LOVED: Read more…

How To: Get Reluctant Readers Who Can Decode Reading

When Good Readers Don’t Want to Read. Ever!

This is part 2 of a nice series from TWRCank.com — Resources for Teaching Online:  Think, Wonder, Reflect, Connect & Refine.  The entire article can be found by clicking here. Read more…