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Frog and Toad Science Fun for Kids

Fun and Easy Science of Frogs and Toads for Kids

Can you spot the toad? Ok, it wasn’t that hard. This toad hopped across my path the other day at the off leash dog park. It was the largest toad I’ve seen around here, almost the size of my fist. I happened to have my iPhone with me so I took a picture very quietly. Luckily, my dog didn’t spot it. I thought the toad has pretty good camouflage! What do you think? Can your child spot it?

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Best Books for Middle School Kids from Actual Middle School Students

Favorite Books for Middle School from Middle School Kids

Once your child can read Harry Potter, the entire universe of books opens up, but what is age appropriate?  I have handed my oldest chapter books that were Newbery Award winners, on the thin side, and with decent size type only to find them a tad too old for her based on content.  I have a tendency to steer what I call “Grapes of Wrath” realism to middle school; I think these books are fine for 4th or 5th grade as a classroom assignment because the teacher provides context, but reading for pleasure should be … a pleasure.  Read more…

Kids’ Sports: Winning versus Having Fun

What’s More Important? Winning or Having Fun?

So, here’s the thing about winning versus having fun:  it’s more fun to win than to lose.  I hate to sound all “not PC,” but that is the truth.  On the other hand, there is nothing more unattractive than a parent out of control on the sidelines screaming at their kids with the intensity of someone whose head might explode if their child doesn’t do exactly what s/he is screaming about.  That’s not pretty and sometimes this story ends tragically. Read more…

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Good Study Habits Are Not What You Think!

Studying in Same Place is Not Effective!

Wow!  Everything I thought about good study habits is wrong!

Here are the bullet points to the New York Times article:

  • For instance, instead of sticking to one study location, simply alternating the room where a person studies improves retention.
  • So does studying distinct but related skills or concepts in one sitting, rather than focusing intensely on a single thing.
  • Zero proof that children have specific learning styles, that some are “visual learners”and others are auditory; some are “left-brain” students, others “right-brain.”
  • Varying the type of material studied in a single sitting — alternating, for example, among vocabulary, reading and speaking in a new language — seems to leave a deeper impression on the brain than does concentrating on just one skill at a time.
  • The finding undermines the common assumption that intensive immersion is the best way to really master a particular genre, or type of creative work, said Nate Kornell, a psychologist at Williams College and the lead author of the study.
  • Cognitive scientists do not deny that honest-to-goodness cramming can lead to a better grade on a given exam. But hurriedly jam-packing a brain is akin to speed-packing a cheap suitcase.
  • “The idea is that forgetting is the friend of learning,” said Dr. Kornell. “When you forget something, it allows you to relearn, and do so effectively, the next time you see it.”
  • “Testing has such bad connotation; people think of standardized testing or teaching to the test,” Dr. Roediger said. “Maybe we need to call it something else, but this is one of the most powerful learning tools we have.” Read more…
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Best Chapter Books from My 5th Grade Daughter

Best Chapter Books for 5th Grade Because They Are So Awesome

We lost power for 28 hours from Hurricane Irene yesterday even though by the time it reached Boston, Irene was just a tropical storm. 24+ hours without screens turns out to be a long time for me though my kids made out fine by taking the emergency lamp to the basement to pretend to camp out. By 10 p.m., I was pretty tired of the blackout was using my Color Nook as a light source while rereading David Senderis books. Read more…

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Best YA Books for Boys But Why Aren’t There More?

Best Young Adult Books for Teen Boys

“At an American Library Association conference in 2007, HarperCollins dressed five of its male young adult authors in blue baseball jerseys with our names on the back and sent us up to bat in a panel entitled “In the Clubhouse.” We were meant to demystify to the overwhelmingly female audience the testosterone code that would get teenage boys reading. Whereas boys used to lag behind girls in reading in the early grades, statistics show, they soon caught up. Not anymore. Read more…

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Top 10: Best Timeless Newbery-ish Chapter Books Set in Florida

Best Books for Kids Set in Florida

There’s a glamour to Florida set back in time that rivals Hollywood in California and maybe that is why these talented children’s book authors firmly set their books here. To be sure, some are from Florida and/or from the South and seem to know every nook and cranny of their small towns. But even more interesting are the characters they create; characters who have lived hard and stoic lives but never really told their stories to anyone, except now, in these books. Read more…

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Personality Traits Set by First Grade!

Personality: Nurture or Nature?

My Mom Friend sent me this story today.  I had heard that a child’s personality locks down around 3 so I was glad to see that this study gave me a few more years to mold my kids.   Well, actually, it’s too late for my older two but I have another year for my youngest. That reminds me to wrestle away my iPhone/iPad/DSi/TV/computer from his hands.  I’m running out of “influence” time! Read more…