All posts in 5) Middle School

Reading Challenge: 7th Grade Boy Who Hates Reading But Loves Skateboarding

Middle School Reading for Boys

I finally got to see my mom friend Lori in Hawaii. Our husbands played golf together for University of Hawaii and we worked together for about a year when I convinced her to relocate to Boston nearly 10 years ago. Unfortunately, it was a harsh winter that year and she moved back to Hawaii before the year was up. Read more…

Newbery 2013

Predicting 2013 Newbery and Caldecott Winners

Potential Newbery and Caldecott Winners for 2013

Who are the gurus for predicting winners of the Newbery Medal and Caldecott Award? My vote is for: Read more…

Go Orange, Feeding America, Go Orange Hunger

Top 10 Books to Help Kids Understand Food Insecurity

Books for Kids on Issue of Hunger

Thank you to Jennifer Fischer on Twitter who clued me in on the September month long campaign, Go Orange, to help fight hunger. Read more…

Dr. Laura Jana, chores and self esteem, chores and allowance

Why Chores Build Self Esteem

The Importance of Chores for Kids

If students learn that they can make their own socks (grow their own food, build their own computers, etc.), they also have learned that there isn’t much that they cannot do. In learning of this kind, students self-produce self-esteem. Read more…

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Things Your Dog Doesn’t Want You to Know (And I Don’t Want to Know Either)

Dog Book Misses Mark for Middle Grade Kids

Dear Human,

Your dog probably puzzles you. Most of us do that. And most of us would like to keep things as they are: humans in the dark, dogs with the upper hand. Read more…

Personal Finance For Kids with Save/Spend/Donate

Teaching Kids About Money

It’s great that schools are now emphasizing the need to teach financial literacy in the classroom but the issue is training teachers. The problem is that most adults don’t understand the basics of financial investing, yet they overestimate their knowledge. Here’s a way to test your financial investment acumen from The Wall Street Journal: Read more…

lapfit

Friday Find: LapFit Snack and Homework Tray GIVEAWAY

On-the-Go Car Tray for Snack and Homework

Designed by dad with 4 on the go kids, LapFit is a set of two stacking trays that keep your kids organized and tidy in the car. The lower tray of the LapFit Todder, is designed for eating in the car. I know, I know … some of you hate kids eating in the car because it’s so messy. But when life moves fast, and you either must feed your child in the car or suffer a meltdown(theirs) and/or migraine(yours as a result of meltdown), you might find the LapFit handy. Read more…

How To: Learn 100,000 Words by 8th Grade

Learn SAT Vocabulary

100,000 vocabulary words seems like an impossible number to master by 8th grade! I found this article to figure out the science behind how kids actually learn that many words (and just in time for the SAT test!). Read more…

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The Presidential Game: Everyone Can Be President

Games for Kids About Presidential Election

My 7-year-old son likes board games so he makes me play them with him as his sisters will generally not play board games with or without him. With the upcoming presidential election, I thought it might be a good way to explain our United States slightly convoluted election process to him. Read more…