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Picture Books to Teach Compassion: Book Club for Boys

Picture Books That Teach Compassion

The first idea is paring this non-fiction picture on Everything Ancient Egypt from National Geographic Kids with an outing. I found several. The Museum of Science in Boston has a virtual tour on Ancient Egypt that might be fun to incorporate. For a road trip, there are these other Egyptian exhibits around Boston: 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…

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Top 10: Spawn of “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” Books

Books Like Diary of a Wimpy Kid

I think that when a chapter book series is different and successful such thatnit creates its own mini genre that this is only a good thing. Just like Harry Potter which broke publishing notions that kids won’t read very, very thick books, Diary of a Wimpy Kid series also got kids wildly excited to read. And though the lead character is a boy, girls were also reading this series in droves. Read more…

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Top 10: Best Books by My Son in 1st Grade

Best Books for 1st Grade

I have read my share of mind numbing Rainbow Fairy easy chapter book series. Those chapter books were beloved by my two older daughters but the plot was so predictable and the vocabulary was repetitive that it put me a little over the edge after I was forced to read more than two dozen of them out loud. Still, I was happy to buy them for my girls to encourage them to read. Read more…

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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…

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Update on Boys Book Club: What Worked and Didn’t Work

Code Breaking Book Club for Boys

I have to say that I am generally nervous each time I host a kids’ book club, more so than when I host a party. I don’t know but I think that I want so very much for the kids to love reading and for their book club to be their very favorite activity in the whole world! So, the pressure was on. I posted on preparing for the book club so if you are interested in duplicating it, please see that post. Read more…

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Book Club for Boys: Navajo Code Talkers and Secret Code Scavenger Hunt

Secret Code Book Club for Boys

My seven-year-old son is in first grade but his closest friends are in second and third grades. It just worked out that way because he missed the cutoff so he’s among the older kids in his class. He can read but he needs help with chapter books and when this book club was formed, I was concerned about bridging the different reading levels. Read more…

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Math Facts Games for Kids

Math Games That Are Really Fun

Mid-year progress reports came out at my elementary school and all of a sudden, we realized that our kids need extra practice with math facts! Several of my Mom Friends emailed me so I thought I would share our plan of attack. The first thing to do is not to panic. Math facts are like practicing a sport or learning an instrument. Slow and steady wins the race. And, just like for your child’s sports or instrument, you don’t want to burn them it. THIS MUST BE FUN!
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Abraham Lincoln Top Hat Craft and Book for Kids

Abe Lincoln Craft and Book

In honor of Abraham Lincoln’s birthday, the Historic Museum in my town is doing a workshop for kids that combines reading a biography picture book with an art project. Unfortunately, we can’t attend the event that day because we are so over scheduled we will be watching The Road to Nowhere during that time. I’m kidding. The showing for The Road to Nowhere was actually last week in my local theater. Here’s the irony on that: you had to buy a ticket in advance and it sold out. I guess that is a way to screen out the slacker moms who shouldn’t be there anyway. Read more…