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A Five-Ring Kids’ Olympic Party!

Olympics Birthday Party for Kids

My Mom Friend Nathalie is my guest author with ideas on how to throw a great Olympics party for kids. Use these ideas for a birthday party, a half-birthday party, or just as a way to experience the Olympics as a great play date! Read more…

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Math Games For Kids Inspired by Olympics

Using Olympics to Teach Math

The London Games are just days away, but you don’t have to travel across the pond to take part in the Olympics fun!  Laura Overdeck, mother of three and founder of the Bedtime Math national online community, says parents can enjoy math with their kids while watching the Olympics together. Math is the key to ‘faster, higher, stronger’: the scores, times, and distances all involve numbers to mark the winner. Read more…

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Olympic Games and Books for Kids GIVEAWAY

Celebrating Olympics with Books and Games for Kids

If you are like us, the TV will be on non-stop for the Summer 2012 Olympics starting tomorrow. To make the Olympics fun for kids, why not conduct your own Olympic games for kids including the opening and closing ceremonies? Bonus points for covering the history of Olympics; with its roots in Ancient Greece, this also might spark an interest in Greek Mythology! Read more…

Reading Activities for Summer Learning Fun

Please welcome mom and literacy expert, Nadine Cruz-Saubert, with great reading activities ideas for summer learning.

Getting Kids Reading During the Summer

As a mother of 3 very different children, I wanted to come up with an inexpensive way extend our reading experiences this summer.  I didn’t want to just send my kids to their bedroom to read.  With the abundance of resources available on the web and the books I have collected throughout the years, I compiled a laundry list of activities we can do after reading experiences. Read more…

Pollination: Video and Ideas for Summer Learning

Science Activities for Kids

My mom sent me this gorgeous video of the wonders of pollination. We try to plant a garden every spring that attracts butterflies but I miss the hummingbirds that used to visit my garden in California. I think there are hummingbirds in New England, but I haven’t seen any in my garden yet. I probably need a hummingbird feeder though. Read more…

If You Like This Picture Book, Try This Newly Published One GIVEAWAY

New Picture Books Like Old Favorites

In reviewing new picture books, I am finding that I can shorthand a review to a friend by just matching it up to an older, well-known book.  If You Like This, Try That … kind of thing. What do you think? Does it work for you?

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Kathryn Starke

How To: Teach Kids to Read Independently

Reading Strategies for Independent Reading

Please welcome my guest author, Kathryn Starke, who is am an urban elementary school literacy specialist, children’s author, freelance writer and the founder/CEO of Creative Minds Publications and Consulting, global educational companies. Read more…

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2 Wordless Picture Books GIVEAWAYS and How to Read Them

Best Books for Kids to Boost Creativity

I know that I sound like a moron but exactly how does one “read” a wordless picture book? I’m the kind of person that needs detailed instructions so I thought I’d research it because this whole concept of wordless picture book is newish to me. I didn’t grow up with these but my kids and I have enjoyed a stack of them. Perhaps, though, flipping the pages like a slow-motion flip book is not the way to go. Read more…

Books Set During Summer for Kids

20 Great Books for Kids Set During the Summer

Summer Reading List Top Picks

It’s the summer or very close. Tomorrow is our last day of school. Some years my kids have summer reading homework but this year everyone is scott free. Still, I want them to read for pleasure this summer which will take some coaxing, especially for PickyKidPix who needs a school assignment as a motivation to read. Read more…