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More Multiplication Tricks: Strategies from Kids and Teacher That Work!

Easy Strategies to Learn Multiplication Facts

I was in my middle daughter’s 3rd grade classroom today as the guest reader when I found this gem on the white board.  My daughter chose Danny, the Champion of the World by Roald Dahl so I read the first few chapters to the class which has  the story of The B.F.G. (Big Friendly Giant) snuck in.  The B.F.G. is another book by Roald Dahl that kids seem to consistently rave about and many of the kids in her class had already read it and nodded their heads happily when I asked them if they liked it.  I was able to tell them about Roald Dahl Day in England — September 13, his birthday — and her teacher is planning an author study this Spring which will make my daughter very happy because she is chugging along through all his books. Read more…

Use Songs to Teach Kids Spanish

Spanish Songs to Teach Kids Spanish

A reader had asked for Spanish CD suggestions for children.  I happened to be at Lakeshore Learning, a teachers’ supply store, where I bought a really good one a long time ago and it was still there! Read more…

Cricket In Times Square: Book Club for Kids

Cricket in Times Square Book Club for Kids

I hosted my middle daughter’s book club this past week.  She chose her all-time favorite book by which she judges all other books, Newbery Honor Book, The Cricket in Times Squareby George Selden.  As a second grader, this book was a little hard for her although she won’t admit it, so I gave extra time to her book club friends to read the book.  Most of the kids finished the book and loved it.  Her book club is an active group of little girls, so I had planned two activities, but the winter has been so dreary and long, and the book club day was the nicest day we had in a long time, so the kids ate a snack and did the first activity (both of which took all of 30 minutes) and spent the rest of the time racing around outside. Read more…

New Easier CPR Method: Continuous Chest Compression

What is Continuous Chest Compression CPR?

My husband sent me this information that he got from my mom on a new and easier-but-still-effective CPR method.  We usually get a babysitter once a year and take an infant CPR class together at our Children’s Hospital.  Since our kids have stopped putting choking hazards  in their mouths, we haven’t taken a class in a few years (ok, maybe closer to 6 years).

This technique for CPR is simple and easy (no mouth to mouth or clearing of airway for example).  It’s a technique that is especially effective for saving an adult who is having cardiac arrest.  It’s worth the 5 minutes to view it on YouTube and you won’t need a babysitter to learn this! Read more…

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How To: Get an Athletic Scholarship

Advice from Boston College Coach on How to Get an Athletic Scholarship

Even if your child does not appear to be the next Tiger Woods, Mia Hamm or other athletic superstar doesn’t mean that athletic ability won’t have any bearing during the college admission process.  If you can follow these tips and tricks and particularly the dos and don’ts, you will be ahead of the game!  As the parent, you will have a backseat, no doubt, during this arduous process of getting your child into his or her dream school, but knowledge is everything.  My mom friend neighbor, who is a Varsity Coach with 14 scholarships, advised me that s/he who prepares early for this process can change the admissions outcome.  It’s a game like any other.  So read on.  This a game changer! Read more…

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Best Picture Books That Teach Math Concepts

Great Picture Books with Math Concepts

My oldest child is a visual learner so combining picture books with math concepts was a great way for her to get an intuitive feel for math. Here’s some books we’ve enjoyed for both the math and the picture book.

Here are two more math books that use drawing to teach math, a fun concept! Read more…