David and Goliath and The Truth About Underdogs

David and Goliath and The Truth About Underdogs

Last month, a parent stopped me in the hall to tell me about this amazing book she was reading, David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants, by Malcolm Gladwell (affiliate link). She said, "You would like it. You'd especially want to read about smaller class sizes. He said it doesn't make as big of a difference as you think." Her comment immediately … [Read more...]

My Child is an Advanced Kindergartner, What Should She Read?

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Advanced Kindergartner Reader Question Dear Melissa, Hi there! I follow your blog and love it! I have a question for my daughter. She's a kindergartner. She can read just about anything put in front of her, but wants to read chapter books. But, she often gets overwhelmed by a lot of words on a page. Also, the comprehension skills need work. She'll fly through the words, … [Read more...]

New Picture Books for the Christmas Season

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Do you have a box of picture books for Christmas like we do? We love pulling it out and sharing stories during the month of December. I'm excited to share with you some new picture books that your whole family can enjoy! Picture Books for Christmas The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen, illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline You'll be drawn into this enchanting story … [Read more...]

Wonder: A Novel for the Whole Family #theWonderofWonder #choosekind

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Wonder by R. J. Palacio is a middle-grade novel that will grab your heart and change it for the better. (*This blog post is part of a paid SocialMoms and Wonder blogging program. The opinions and ideas expressed here are my own. Links to the book are affiliate links.) Wonder We meet August, or Auggie, when he enters a public school for the first time as a fifth … [Read more...]

What to Read or Not to Read, That is the Question

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written by Tara Lenga, Strategy Consultant at Exceptional Kids Note from Melissa: I asked Tara to write this after a fascinating Facebook conversation on the Imagination Soup page about censorship and what books young kids who are advanced readers should or should not be reading . . . Go here for that conversation. Books for YOUNG Advanced Readers As parents, we are … [Read more...]

Gift Guide for Kids: Math and Science Learning Gifts

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Every year I look for the best toys with educational value for both my kids and yours. I've found some fantastic math and science gift ideas for all ages -- I think your kids will find these learning gifts tons of fun. Math and Science Gifts for Kids 1. Plan Toys Fraction Fun for ages 3-6. Match up the colorful blocks to make shapes. 2. Mental Blox Critical Thinking … [Read more...]

Best Gifts for Children Who Love to Build

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Building and Engineering Gifts for Kids Building gifts for kids are so essential for hand-eye coordination, spacial reasoning, and creative problem solving. 1. Plus-Plus 300-Piece Basic Assortment for ages 3-15. Plus-Plus is one simple shape with endless possibilities - assemble them flat to create a 2-D mosaic or work in 3-D to make more complicated structures. 2. LEGO … [Read more...]