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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…

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How To: Tell Your Child Needs Help in Math

Does Your Child Struggle with Math?

I found this at GoldStudent. They make online math worksheets:

Children can need help in math whether they are at grade level, working above their grade, or if they are struggling to keep up.  But few children will speak up and simply say help me in math! Instead, children react in many ways to math at school. They could be bored, frightened, they might lack motivation, they may need more drilling, or they may need more opportunities to take tests to reduce their stress or fears. Read more…

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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…

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Yoga for Kids

DIY Yoga for Kids to Try at Home

I met Bea more than ten years ago when both of our oldest children were at the same preschool. Our girls weren’t even in the same class but we both had sleeping toddler girls in strollers that first painful week when we were required to wait for hours on a different floor just in case our preschoolers freaked out. At least, that is my version of the school policy. Read more…

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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…