I remember how difficult it was to find great books for kids once they’ve moved to chapter books but are not quite ready for Newbery books.
I grew up in Southern California and experienced many a earthquake including the Northridge earthquake which was memorable. Though many in many area felt the recent East Coast earthquake, it went unnoticed at my house. I think it was because we were all in the basement so we did not feel our house move at all. Still, this is a teachable moment for any child who might have anxiety or curiosity about earthquakes between this one and the huge one in Japan. I found these links from a variety of articles and hope you find them useful!
All in all, this math game is fun for kids and for $.99, it’s well worth the money. To examine the game or purchase it at iTunes, just click on top small icon.
I think Fuse #8 Productions is one of the best children’s lit blogs around. Her predictions for Caldecott and Newbery Winners is usually dead on and I use her list to buy Christmas and birthday books for my kids because the timing of the actual awards comes in early January which is not perfect timing for the holiday season gift buying. Last year based on her list, I bought my oldest a stack from her list.
I think children who do not struggle with decoding the words can find reading boring for many reasons. Here are three of them: They have not found the right book. Their limited word and world knowledge makes many texts too difficult to understand. They are so used to reading not making sense, that they do not put much energy into making it make sense.