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Days of the Week, PragmaticMom, books for kids,

Learning the Days of the Week

Days of Week through Poem and Books

I am so lucky to have an amazing first grade teacher. She’s the one where I got the Months of the Year rhyme from. She has had this poem for days of the week that is also great.

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months of the year picture books for kids

Teach Kids Months of the Year with Easy Rhyme

Months of the Year Rhymes

I volunteered in my 2nd grader’s class today for “writer’s workshop” and typed up lovely poems for a half hour but I was a little early and found this winner posted on the her classroom wall.  I used the days of the week song to teach my kids as preschoolers the days of the week, which isn’t much of a song but goes… Read more…

What Comes Darkly Thieves, Ben Rubin, picture book

A Dark Eric Carle-Like Picture Book

Eric Carle-Like Picture Book

If there was yang to Eric Carle’s yang, then this would be When Comes What Darkly Thieves by Ben Rubin. It has a folk tale fable quality to it but with an openness and makes a child ask over and over again, “Why?” Read more…
Smiley Book of Colors, picture book of smiley faces found in everyday objects, Pragmatic Mom

The Smiley Book of Colors. Picture Book GIVEAWAY!

Picture Book of Smiles in Unexpected Places

This book makes me smile. I can attest that it appeals to older kids because my 6th grader snagged it when it arrived and asked to keep it.

The Smiley Book of Colors by Ruth Kaiser is a clever picture book that captures smiley faces in everyday objects. It also teaches colors. An upside red purse is really a smiley face! Can you see it? What I love about it is that it also teaches kids to see, REALLY see, like an artist. Is there a smiley face lurking about? Probably! You just have to see it. Read more…

Wimpy Kid, Diary of Wiimpy Kid, Jeff Kinney, books for boys, reluctant readers, reading, reading strategies,

Children’s Choice Book Awards: Vote!

Kids Favorite Books as Selected by Kids

The finalists for the 5th Annual Children’s Choice Book Awards, the only national book awards program where the winning titles are selected by children and teens of all ages, are in! And YOU, the reader, determine the best kids books! There are books ranging from picture books, graphic novels, early chapter books to chapter books for ages 4 through 10 or grades Kindergarten through 4th grade. Please vote and have your kids vote too! Read more…

Celebrating Dr. Seuss’ Birthday Today!

Celebrating Dr. Seuss on His Birthday!

My latest revelation (and I’m always late to the party) is that an author that I’ve always loved as did my children, Theo (Theodore) LeSieg is ACTUALLY Dr. Seuss (a.k.a. Theodor Geisel). He has more pseudonyms than an international espionage agent! Our very favorite book and probably the first book that my kids read on their own delighted in their ability to decode is Ten Apples Up on Top but I wish That I Had Duck Feet is a close second favorite book of all time. Read more…

Mark My Time BookMark, fun toys to get kids to read

Gift Guide: Toys that Motivate Kids to Read

Toys That Make Reading Fun!

I wanted to find gifts that make reading fun. My kids get assigned reading time each night for homework and, at time, the length of time required seems onerous. I think it’s more important for reading to be enjoyable than to log a certain amount of time. Read more…

picture books that build vocabulary, new shoes for sylvia

SAT Vocabulary Words in Picture Books: New Shoes for Sylvia

Picture Books That Build Vocabulary

The words for Week 10 are from the picture book, New Shoes for Sylvia by Johanna Hurwitz, illustrated by Jerry Pinkney. To think that reading picture books will expose your child not only to a wonderful and gorgeously illustrated story, but to SAT building vocabulary. Jerry Pinkney is also a Caldecott winning illustrator and we are enjoying The Lion and the Mouse at home which  is an amazing work that tells the story solely through watercolor illustrations with almost no words. This is not the case for New Shoes for Sylvia! Read more…

ABC Shore iPhone app, phonics apps for kids

Best Alphabet Phonics Apps

Best Alphabet Apps for Kids

My Dad Friend James has been checking out alphabet phonics apps lately so I asked him for a summary of his findings as my kids are well past this stage. Here’s what he says… Read more…