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Top 10 Best Children’s Books: My Kids’ Favorites of 2010

Our Favorite Children’s Books of 2010

Oh, how the year flies by.  My favorite parenting quote from a Mom Friend:  the days are long but the years are short.  I know that I should have posted this around the first of the year, even New Year’s Eve but I am not that together.  But as I look back on the year and think about all the books my kids and I read together, it brings back warm, fuzzy memories of snuggling, laughing, and just enjoying a shared experience that loving the same book brings.  So I asked my kids to each give me their three favorite books from last year and then I added a few more of my own, though I have to say that I loved their picks as much as they did.  I hope you enjoy these books, should you need book recs, as much as we did! Read more…

Science books for kids, Your Fantastic Elastic Brain, Pragmatic Mom

Your Fantastic Elastic Brain is Fantastic

Science Picture Book for Kids on Their Brains

I was an unhappy pre-med major so I took all the hard sciences and suffered mightily as one would when you are in over your head and also hating the subject matter that you are supposed to be mastering.  My father was a math professor so I got plenty of math supplementation at home but not so much in the sciences.  And yet, I believe that science can be fun. Read more…

There's a Book, Read to Me Picture Book Challenge, Pragmatic Mom

Read to Me Picture Book Challenge

Picture Book Reading Challenge

This a great challenge by There’s a Book (a fabulous children’s book blog, by the way) that ANYONE can participate in.  You don’t have to be a blogger to join!  You can read to your child OR you can just read them yourself!  Who’s in? I am!  I am going to try to read 200 picture books and blog on them with my kids during the year. Read more…

Great Gifts for Kids Around $20 for Holidays or Birthdays

$20 Gifts for Kids

One of my mom friends asked for this category.  We just had two birthday parties so I was able to ask my kids what they liked the most from their stack of gifts.  I also periodically check Marshalls and T. J. Maxx for birthday party gifts to stock up my supply– hidden from the kids, of course!.  A great gift for girls is a blank or lined diary or fancy notepad and the Marshalls near my house seems to almost always have great ones for half-off which I like to give with a book (you know me, I love books!). Read more…

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Top 10 Children’s Books: Trying Out New (Bad) Behavior

Top 10 Books of Kids Trying Out New Behavior

I think it’s essential for children to try out new behaviour in a safe place. Like it or not, this probably means at home, on you, the parent.  It’s a child’s way of spreading their wings; trying out new personalities and traits.  A safe way to experiment is important because your child knows that you will always love her or him no matter what.  But a book can also be a safe way to try out new behavior as a reader if you talk about the book in the context of how it makes you both feel. Read more…

Your Life in Comics: 100 Things for Guys to Write and Draw, reluctant readers, make your own comic book, $10, http://PragmaticMom.com, PragmaticMom.com, PragmaticMom, Pragmatic Mom

Make Your Own Comic Book, $10

Create Your Own Comic Book

I thought this would make a great holiday or birthday gift for boys who show an interest in graphic novels and/or comic books.  It’s an especially good and sneaky way to draw in reluctant readers and get them reading, writing, and drawing. Read more…

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SAT Words for Kindergarteners from Picture Book Dear Juno

Picture Books that Build Vocabulary in Kindergarten

Not everyone believes that Kindergarten should be an academic experience and hence the spate of articles that I have posted on lately (see Has Kindergarten Changed or Are Kids Smarter? and Recess Essential to Kindergartener Development).  This raging debate is never more apparent than at my own elementary school where we have 2.5 Kindergarten classrooms. ( The half you ask? We have a combined K/1st grade — a class combination born of shrinking school budgets rather than academic optimization. )  The two Kindergarten only teachers have been at the school for a long time and work beautifully together but they each represent the spectrum of Kindergarten philosophies:  Kindergarten as play/learning the norms of behavior for school versus Kindergarten preparing children for academics. Read more…

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Mad Libs-Like Poem: What’s a Noun?

What’s a Noun? Learn with Mad Libs Poem!

What’s A Noun?

A Person, Place or Thing.

Author:  not sure but I suspect it’s a teacher at my elementary school.  I found this poem hanging up in the school hallway! Read more…

Easy Harry Potter Series: Ghostville Elementary

Easy Chapter Books for 2nd Grade

My middle daughter wanted to post on this series and this is what she says:

” This is kind of like a Harry Potter for kids in first or second grade. Maybe even Kindergarten if a parent reads aloud to their child. It’s about these kids in third grade and they get moved down to the basement classroom, and they start to think that there are ghosts in their room (and it’s true!). This is a series that I highly recommend. There are eleven or twelve books. Read more…