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Top 10: Best Children’s Birthday Party Ideas

Most Popular Birthday Parties for Kids

I am in the throes of planning my son’s 7th birthday party And he took too long to decide so I wasn’t able to book the trampoline party on the day he wanted and at an acceptable time when the parents wouldn’t kill me for. The Sunday night slot from 5 to 7:30 pm was not going to be popular with the parents! So, he opted for the video/laser tag party which, luckily, was free. Now I just have to procure a Sonic the Hedgehog birthday cake. Read more…

Best Chapter Books for Newly Independent Readers (ages 6-9)

Best Books for 1st Grade and 2nd Grade (when kids start reading independently)

I find that there is a void for newly independent readers. You know, the readers that have graduated from Henry and Mudge and insist on chapter books, but not ready for Newbery Award books. While there are a plethora of chapter books, the quality of many series books is low with a repetitive and tiresome story line and limited vocabulary. Read more…

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Duct Tape Crafts for Kids: Bags, Purses & Swords

Duct Tape Crafts for Kids of All Ages

Who would have thunk it? That duct tape, tin foil, and copy paper could keep a group of kids quiet for hours. Those who know me can attest that I am not good with the arts and crafts though I admire those who are. I am more of the kind of person who provides the materials and says, “Have at it.” That is about the extent of my arts and crafts skills, unfortunately. Read more…

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Great Reading List for 2nd and 3rd Grade

New Chapter Books for 2nd Grade and 3rd Grade

This is a great reading list from the Newton Free Library system. If you are part of the Minutemen library system, just click on link of book title to reserve. 

Other lists include:

Great Reading List of New Books: Kindergarten and 1st Grade Read more…

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Best Picture Books to Build Vocabulary (ages 2-8)

These picture books are a fun way to build vocabulary effortlessly. I also have a series of posts on picture books with SAT vocabulary from the literacy specialist at our elementary school. She selects a series of picture books and pulls out big words along with a sentence with the word. Little kids like big words!

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Learn to Multiply in 5 MINUTES!

Multiplication in an Easy Visual Way

My youngest is going into first grade and he loves math. I asked him if he wanted to learn to multiply in five minutes and he said, “Yes!” And so we started reading the Multiply and Divide with Sticks and Steps by Maureen Stearns which is a method of multiplication which is beautifully simple and visual. She also promises that this method takes just 5 minutes to learn! And it does too. In 5 minutes, your child will be multiplying! Read more…

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Easy Chapter Book Series for Girls: Clementine

Clementine is the New Ramona Quimby

Clementine series by Sara Pennypacker

My oldest received the first book, Clementine, from her book club.  She liked it so much that we got the rest of this early chapter book series.  I noticed it won a Massachusetts Book Award in 2007.  Finally, the other day I found the books tucked away on a high bookshelf and read them and I can see why everyone loves them so much.  I’d describe them as Junie B. Jones in third grade…she’s nicer to her little brother now.  She still gets in trouble but her heart is as big as her imagination and she’s a lot of fun. Read more…

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Books for Kindergarten & 1st Grade

New Books for Kindergarten and First Grade

This is a great reading list of Caldecott picture books, early readers, non fiction and more from the Newton Free Library system. If you are part of the Minutemen library system, just click on link of book title to reserve.   Read more…