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Susan Sowers, invented spelling, beginning spellers, learning to read and write, literacy, Kindergarten, Pragmatic Mom, http://PragmaticMom.com

Invented Spelling Necessary for Learning to Read: Froshus Dobrmn Pensr

What is Invented Spelling and Why is it Important?

My son’s Kindergarten teacher distributes this ground breaking article by Susan Sowers, Harvard Graduate School of Education every year to the parents in her class.  I remember as a new parent of a Kindergartener that I thought invented spelling was both cute, funny, and strange.  I clearly did not ever remember learning to write using invented spelling myself and apparently my mom didn’t save those papers (and yet, everything else).  I also remember wondering if my child would ever learn to spell correctly and when that kicks in. Read more…

Just Playing by Anita Wadley (poem for parents of small children)

Just Playing Poem by Anita Wadley

I am so lucky!  My youngest has  the most amazing Kindergarten teacher.  But, sadly, as this is my last child, this is also the last time I will get her (though you can be sure that we will visit her forever!).  Last night was Curriculum Night at school, and she passed out a packet of information as she usually does including this poem on Playing as a Child’s Work. Read more…

RippleReader: eBooks You Can Personalize

Narrate Your Own eBooks for Your Kids

I know that I post a lot on literacy and how to get reluctant readers reading. I believe that we (all of us) need to unlock a love of reading in every child!   One idea that comes up again and again from literacy experts is to use Books on Tape.  RippleReader read one of my posts on literacy and sent me information plus a free RippleReader microphone so that I could test out their site. Read more…

SAT Words for Kindergarten from Picture Book It’s Mine

Classic Picture Books That Build Vocabulary

My Kindegartener has the best teacher in the world.  I know that indisputably because this is the third time we have had her.  So when he came home after the first week with vocabulary words and instructions to make these words into a fun game, I was impressed and intrigued.  This teacher does a lot of pilot programs for our school district, testing out new research and programs.  She was the first to pilot Handwriting Without Tears which was then adopted district wide.  She liked Big Math for Little People (at least, I think that was the title), which I also liked a lot, but our school district did not go with.  And now SAT vocabulary words for Kindergarteners — a gift that keeps on giving! Read more…

Top 10: Classic Picture Books

Best Classic Picture Books for Kids

A great list of some of my favorite books from childhood.  Thanks LittleOneBooks.com!  I have deep and abiding love for all of your picks!

p.s.  Here’s my list of Top 10:  Best Old Fashioned Children’s Books. Read more…

4 Board Books with Pop Up Market: Perfect for Toddlers

Board Books That Are Also Toys

I received these board books in the mail to review and decided to get cracking.  I woke up really early — 5 a.m. to be exact — so it could be the early hour with a slow functioning brain but it took me a really long time to figure out how to get the Pop-Up Market up which, frankly,  is the best feature in the book set. Read more…

MathGirl Number Garden for preschoolers

Preschool Math App for Girls

I really like the concept of MathGirl Number Garden: make iPhone/iPad/iPod math games that appeal to girls. And it is really appealing to girls with graphics and music that are very sweet.  But I find it to be an incomplete math app.  I mean, I LIKE the idea of pre-addition — number grouping and counting, but I want to app to go further.  The app has girls counting items such as  flowers and fingers (well, gardening glove fingers).  The faster you get the answer correct, the more points you win.  There is a indication of speed with a bunny for fast counting, a bee for medium speed, and a snail for slow counters.  The answer choices are buttons that you select.  “Fast but correct” garners you more points that can be cashed in later for your virtual garden.  This gaming feature is very nice. Read more…

Best Easy Readers for Kids

Best Books for Young Kids

The (Theodor Seuss) Geisel Award is given annually to the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished American book for beginning readers published in English in the United States during the preceding year.  I found this from Books and Stuff,  a blog for Westerville Library, and they give their perspective on the winners at the bottom of this post.  Benny and Penny in the Big No-No by Jeffrey Hayes is  the 2010 Winner.  The information on the Geisel 2010 winners is from the ALSC (The Association for Library Service to Children). Read more…

7 Ideas for Social/Emotional Learning

Social Emotional Learning at School

We start school in two days and my kids are getting a little anxious about it despite being very familiar with their elementary school.  I know it’s normal to be anxious even if the transition seems small.  I came across this great list about Social and Emotional learning and the Start of School and there is great advice for both parents and teachers.  Hey, we are all in this together!  Here’s to a smooth transition to your child’s school year!  Let me know how yours went and if you have any advice on what worked for you. Read more…