The Latest Chapter Books for Kids Ages 6 to 12

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Grab a good book from this list of the latest chapter books I've read. (All but one are recently published.) Don't miss even more middle grade books in my new master book lists by age! Middle grade books are for kids ages 8 - 12. Books for 5- and 6- year olds Books for 7-year olds Books for 8-year olds Books for 9-year olds Books for 10-year olds Books for 11-year … [Read more...]

Outstanding New Picture Books, Summer 2014

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As Todd Parr says, It's Okay to Make Mistakes. Like when Very Little Red thinks the Wolf is a Foxie or the birds don't quite get the message right (or even close) in Mac Barnett's book, Telephone. Discover more outstanding picture book stories and silly mistakes in these new titles. Outstanding Picture Books The Zoo Box by Ariel Cohn, illustrated by Aron Nels … [Read more...]

7 Gifts Your Teacher Actually Wants #QuakerUp

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As a paid Quaker Classroom Ambassador, I’m inviting you to join Quaker in supporting teachers nationwide. Over the years, I’ve gotten some awesome gifts that I’ve cherished, but I have also gotten some very uh, . . . unique gifts that I haven’t been able to use. (Apple earrings, apple ornaments, apple aprons, apple pins . . . ) While I always appreciated the thought, I … [Read more...]

Storytelling Games That Will Get Your Kids Thinking Out of the Box

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Here are three delightfully engaging storytelling games to try with your kids: The Storymatic Kids!, Rory's Story Cubes, and StoryPlay Cards. When I teach kids how to write stories, we generally start out loud. In other words, we think, plan, and share orally before writing silently. Of course, not all kids are oral processers but sharing out loud helps organize our thoughts … [Read more...]

How Tiggly Improves Geometry, Spacial Reasoning, Motor Skills, and Creativity

Tiggly Educational Math App

Tiggly shape toys partner seamlesly with FREE Tiggly educational apps so children engage visual and kinesthetic learning modalities while teaching basic mathematical skills. I was so impressed with the flawless way the Tiggly shapes work with the apps. Press the shape and it zings onto the screen in milliseconds. The app options for Tiggly shapes totally engage my kids (and … [Read more...]

Why Kids Need to Read Nonfiction Books

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Recommended nonfiction books for kids Kids (and adults) usually gravitate towards fiction or nonfiction. But it's important to read and develop skills with nonfiction and fiction both which is why I have a list of recommended non-fiction books for kids. Here's why it's important to read nonfiction: More Informational Text in Older Grades & College The big reason kids … [Read more...]

Support Teachers with #QuakerUp

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As a paid Quaker Classroom Ambassador, I’m inviting you to join Quaker in supporting teachers nationwide. Teachers spend more than $1 billion a year stocking their own classrooms, and they’re buying more than just school supplies! Teachers are buying food. Why? Well, three in five K-8 public school teachers say their students regularly come to school hungry, and as a … [Read more...]

Hilarious New Picture Books Your Kids Will Love

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How's your summer going? Do you need some new reading material? One of our favorite things to do is to go to the new section at the library and see what's new and good. We're geeky like that. If you haven't read these, check out these new funny picture books. I think you'll like them!   Who Did It? (boxed set) by Ohara Hale If you like potty humor, and I do, these … [Read more...]