Warning: Harry Potter Fanfiction Gets Kids Writing (A Lot)

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It's time to introduce your kids who are fans of Harry Potter to writing fanfiction. Why? Because it gets them writing and stretching their imaginations. Both very good things. Oh, and did I mention it's tons of fun? Especially if you write with your friends. What is fanfiction, or fanfic? Fanfiction is fiction written by fans of the original works that takes … [Read more...]

Simple Handmade Summer Journals

easy handmade journals

I decided not to buy my kids actual notebooks or journals this summer - I think they're too big. Big overwhelms. Big is too many pages to fill. (Clearly my children haven't inherited my journal hoarding / journal filling addiction!) So, I made simple, small, handmade books for my kids to use for summer writing. And, if they fill up one journal, I can always make … [Read more...]

Sight Word Games and Free Printable Cards

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Download and print out these free sight word cards. Once you do that, you can use the cards to play lots of fun, interactive games. Playing games with sight words will help kids remember because games involve auditory, visual, and kinesthetic learning modalities. FREE Printable (Dolch) Sight Words Pre-Primer Primer 1st Grade 2nd Grade 3rd Grade 1. Sight Word … [Read more...]

Summer Learning with PBS Kids

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If you are looking for activities and workbooks to keep your kids learning over the summer, check out these ideas shared with me by PBSKids. Carson-Dellosa Learning Books I loved workbooks when I was a kid. My own kids, not so much. So, if I'm going to use workbooks, I use them sparingly and only ones with engaging illustrations, pages that aren't too long, and useful … [Read more...]

Smart Book Clubs for Kids

book clubs for kids!

There's nothing better than hanging around with your friends, playing, eating, and . . . talking about a book! Yes, talking about a book. :) Because it's the social, playing, and eating aspect of a book club that makes reading and taking about a book so much fun. Basically, the purpose of a book club for kids is two-fold: to get social time with friends AND to read … [Read more...]

Steampunk for Kids

steampunk books for kids too

Have you heard of steampunk? I first heard about this new sub-genre of science-fiction a few years ago. Now, children's steampunk books are also increasing. (Both in number and quality.) So, What Is Steampunk? Steampunk is science fiction in which the Victorian era society's technology is powered by steam. In other words, no electricity or batteries or gas. Steam. The … [Read more...]