He made this Samurai armor and sword upcycling sketch book covers and cardboard boxes. Duct tape was also involved. It always is involved in his projects.
In earlier days, he made swords using aluminum foil and duct tape for a Percy Jackson book club with his friends. Now, he needs a run to Home Depot to buy wood without a curve in it, drawing out his designs that his father cuts out for him. Read more…
I’ve rounded up FREE literacy resources for parents to get their kids reading. First, I found summer reading programs that your kids can enter to win prizes including free books. Next, I searched for free books — the good kind — and weeded out the weird sites with books that I’ve never heard of. Finally, I found fun literacy activities like book trailers, a site to make your own story book, and a contest to shoot your own 90 second Newbery book movie.
Happy reading this summer! What else do you need to get your kids reading?
p.s. Photos featured are from my Caught in the Act of Reading program. Parents sent me their photos of kids caught reading and I sent them a book. I will continue this program until I run out of books. Just email me your photos at PragmaticMomBlog gmail and I’ll send you a book (1 per family).
Summer Reading Programs
Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge for kids, educator and parents. Kids:
I’m excited to share a reading app with you called Speakaboos, and I’m giving away 3 FREE 1-year subscriptions worth $69.99 each (see below)!
Kids will #ChooseReading with the Engaging Speakaboos Reading App
Speakaboos is the reading app for kids 2-6 that turns screen time into reading time. With over 200 stories — both well known picture books and stories that Speakaboos developed — kids can read along with an engaging animated version of the book.
The words light up as the words are read aloud and this helps teach kids to learn how to read! It’s not surprising that this literacy app is well thought out. Speakaboos is developed by renowned educational media experts including Dr. Alice Wilder, Chief Learning Officer for Speakaboos and one of the world’s leading authorities on literacy through media. You might know her through her popular TV shows Blue’s Clues and Super WHY!
This post was sponsored by Carson-Dellosa as part of an Activation for Influence Central. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review.
This summer in addition to the math word problem workbook that I usually do with my kids, I’m adding the Carson-Dellosa Summer Activities workbook for my 5th grade son. He usually can finish his math word problem book in a month, and while it does cover reading comprehension, I wanted to add a few more subjects to get him reading for middle school this fall.
My son likes math and science and I’ll be working on some hands on science activities for him as well. But I’d also like my son to work on his writing, and I didn’t really have a plan for that so this activity book is perfect.
I also want my son to continue the reading tear I’ve just begun to see. In past years, it would take us a month to read a book (sometimes even more). Lately, he’s been able to read a chapter book in a few days which is also keeping me on my toes to find books to interest him. Read more…
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Horizon Organic. The opinions and text are all mine.
School is rapidly approaching and my kids are not ready to go back. We have slid into bad habits that include too much screen time and very late bedtimes. My son has taken to calling himself Nocturnal Man and is going to bed at one or two in the morning and getting up at noon just like a teenager. Except he’s 10!
My youngest son is a gamer. He will sit in front of a computer, iPad or DSI all day in his pajamas if I let him. He will shift his hours so that he becomes “Nocturnal Man,” capable of staying up until 2 in the morning and sleeping until noon.
His behavior, though, also reminds me of some brilliant programmers that I had the privilege of working with in Silicon Valley years ago, back in the days of the .com bubble.
What’s a mom to do? I say, if you can’t beat them, join them. I asked my son if he would like to make his own computer games and he thought that was a great idea.
My 10-year-old son’s favorite camp is a Minecraft one which he does with his friends for the past two years. They are all serious gamers and the moms are happy with a week of really expensive computer camp because we think it will get them programming their own games. I’ve been working to take his interest in gaming into other areas like reading and science and this summer, my secret goal for him is to program on his own in Python which is a better language for gaming I’m told, and easier to use than Java.
My son learned Scratch in third grade, and moved on the Java in fourth grade learning programming basics like boolean logic and If-then and if-else statements. He took Minecraft making Mods for the past two years at camp and this year, he will take Minecraft with Java. I’m not exactly sure what this entails but I think it involves a Minecraft server. Read more…