Emotional Intelligence Activities for Kids

Activities for Teaching Emotional Intelligence to Kids

Because it's an assignment from school, I've been reading aloud Emotional Intelligence 2.0 by Travis Bradberry and Jean Greaves to my 13- year old daughter. It's been exactly what she needs. It's helping her label not just the emotions that are floating around her adolescent brain, but is providing strategies to improve both her emotional self-awareness and emotional … [Read more...]

16 New Chapter Books for Summer Reading 2015

chapter book recommendations for 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, 6th grade

It's mid-summer and I've already got another long list of good books for your kids to read. New! Hot of the presses! I love new books, as you can tell. :) So if you need new chapter book ideas for your summer reading, check out these reviews. Hopefully something will stand out to you that will interest your kids. Happy reading! 16 New Chapter Books for Summer Reading … [Read more...]

Prep for the Disney Movie with Descendants Books

Disney's Desendants Books

written by Annika Taylor Get ready for the Disney Channel's newest movie, The Descendants, by reading all the Descendants books first. The Descendants movie is coming out this summer, 2015, but the books are already here! Prep for the Disney Movie with Descendants Books Isle of the Lost Isle of the Lost is a prequel to the Disney movie, Descendants. It takes place … [Read more...]

14 Notable Chapter Books for Summer Reading

new chapter books summer 2015

Let your kids look through these new book reviews and see what grabs them. Will they want to read a fantasy or mystery? What kind of characters do they like? Remember that choice is so important to give kids ownership over their own learning -- especially in reading. Of these 14 new and notable chapter books for summer reading, I hope you consider Pip Bartlett, Unusual … [Read more...]

How Reading Easy Books Helps Your Child

why kids should read easy books

This weekend, my daughter read three books. In about two hours. No, she's not a speed reader, she just read books that were really easy for her. And, I totally endorsed it. In fact, I want you to try it with your kids as well. Reading too easy books is a great strategy to get your kids back into the habit of reading over the summer. But, that's not all. There are specific … [Read more...]

16 New Chapter Books Spring 2015

new books spring 2015

What should your kids read next? If they're like me and love to read the new chapter books. Here are 16 I highly recommend from middle-grade to YA. New Chapter Books Spring 2015 Bad Kitty: Puppy's Big Day by Nick Bruel HUMOR ages 6 - 9It's delightful to read a series where every book is consistently good. Well, in this case, hilariously good. Bad Kitty is raging! Puppy … [Read more...]

Spring 2015 Learning Apps for Kids

learning apps

Learning apps for kids are a solid choice for summer learning options. Researchers say that the best educational apps are: ACTIVE ENGAGING --not overly distracting MEANINGFUL to a child's life SOCIAL to include parents and peers Do you agree? Here's a list of new apps your kids might enjoy this summer . . . Spring 2015 Learning Apps for Kids The Counting … [Read more...]

10 Fascinating Nonfiction Books for Kids

nonfiction picture books for kids

Do you read nonfiction books with your kids? We gravitate toward fiction so I have to intentionally give my kids nonfiction books to read, some of which we read together. Which is what I figure you're doing, too. So here are new nonfiction books for kids I think you'll love! How do I get my kids to read nonfiction? I often pick out a nonfiction book to read tidbits from. … [Read more...]

Scholastic Summer Reading

Scholastic Summer Reading

Scholastic Summer Reading This year, 2015, the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge will let kids unlock new stories written by their favorite authors. Each author started with the same opening sentence: “I glanced over my shoulder to make sure that no one had followed me into the shadowy library, then took a deep breath and opened the glowing book…” Doesn't that sound … [Read more...]