My cookbook is cracked with the pages falling out, I love this cookbook so much. And the page that this recipe is on has food stains on it galore. Nigella raves about this granola which she discovered on an U.S. book tour. I have made it and given it out as gifts. True story: I usually give this to teachers as a Whatever-I-Made-A-Huge-Batch-And-This-Is-Healthy gift. My kids’ Kindergarten teacher (extraordinaire) is usually on the list even when we don’t have her, but sometimes we run out. A neighbor gets it instead or I need a hostess gift. So one day she tells me that she is in the teacher’s lounge and recognizes the granola that my middle kid’s 2nd grade teacher was eating and said, “Is a gift from Pragmatic Mom? I love that granola. Can I have a handful?”
Book recommendations for an avid 13-year-old boy reader who likes fantasy adventure along the lines of Rick Riordan, Anthony Horovitz, Robert Muchamore, and Patrick Ness. Fave series include The Hunger Games, Nicholas Flamel, Artemis Fowl and Young Bond.
Happy Thanksgiving to those who celebrate it! And my very favorite Thanksgiving Picture Book …
It’s never too early to teach kids how to handle money and I actually think that they need these skills before they go off to college and this is not a topic that is covered at school! How about you? How are you teaching your children about money? Please share your great ideas!
My mind wanders this week from reading The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan which compares gods from Ancient Rome and Greece. This naturally leads to togas. Animal House comes to mind, but let’s look at red carpet toga inspired gowns on celebrities instead. Gywneth, Megan Fox, Jessica Biel and more. Please vote for your fav gown. Then a chart of the gods, Roman and Greek, to keep them straight. And lastly, an Italian (Hey, it’s Roman!) recipe for a pasta sauce that is easy to make, delicious and easy to freeze for emergency dinners.
It is easy to go overboard when buying for baby the first go around. Here’s the short list that Pragmatic Mom would buy.
I learned how to type the old fashioned way a million years ago: a manual typewriter with the keys all blacked out, and typing exercises on a projected screen in a blackened room. A Q A Z A Q A Z. Yep, I typed that over and over again. Then on to S W S X S W S X and so forth until it was time to type exercises and take timed tests. Not exactly fun but definitely effective. These days no one is learning to keyboard this way. I have searched out the best computer programs, iPhone /iPad apps, and free web games to learn to keyboard (i.e. touch type).
Thank you to Dad developer Kyle Tomson of Mobile Education Store, for letting me repost his great article on apps for high functioning autistic children who benefit from the language aspects of these apps. Kyle has a daughter, Caitlin, who is very high functioning on the autism spectrum so this topic is very near and dear to his heart, so much so that he just went and developed them himself!
The iPad is turning out to be a great communication tool for autistic children. At West Prairie South Elementary School, the iPad was introduced to help non verbal children communicate at the suggestion of their superintendent. The full article by Lainie Steelman is here. Here are some key paragraphs: