4th Grade Reading List (age 9 – 10)

4th grade reading list for summer

By the time your child is in 4th grade, it's absolutely vital he or she continue to read at least 20 minutes a day. Did you know that summer learning loss will affect his or her reading comprehension if you skip reading over the summer? So look through this 4th grade reading book list to find the best books for summer vacation that will keep your kid reading. Want to know if … [Read more...]

3rd Grade Summer Reading List

3rd grade summer reading list

What kind of books does your third grader enjoy reading? Here are my recommendations for 3rd grade summer reading -- books that are funny, fantasy, friendship stories, adventure, and about animals, books that will get your kids engaged and reading all summer long! Don't forget that a summer reading program can be awesome motivation. Make sure the book is at the "just … [Read more...]

1st Grade Summer Reading List

summer book list for first grade readers

1st Grade Summer Reading List (Ages 6 - 7) Don't let your six and seven year olds forget all those reading skills learned in kindergarten or first grade. Here are the best books for beginning readers from the easiest books with a few words per page to beginning chapter books with a sentence per page. (For my kids, this was first grade but for some kids it's kindergarten.) You … [Read more...]

2nd Grade Summer Reading List

2nd grade summer reading list

Summer reading lists . . . Summer reading programs . . . Yes, it's that time of year again. Summer vacation and you need a good book list for 2nd grade - books that will keep your child reading. You need a 2nd grade summer reading list that rocks. As you know, the more a child reads, the more vocabulary she'll learn and the better her comprehension skills. (Unless there is a … [Read more...]

Free Comic Book Day 2015

free comic book day

Free Comic Book Day 2015 Saturday, May 2, 2015 is FREE COMIC BOOK DAY. Go to any of these stores and get a free comic book! You'll have 50 titles from which to select the perfect comic book. Bring a friend or two so you all can get a free comic book and trade them later. Many stores are also hosting events for Free Comic Book Day-- think cosplayers, prizes, gaming, food, … [Read more...]

Inspirational Quotes for Kids

motivational quote books for families and kids

I never would have predicted the level of deep discussion that our dinnertime inspiring quotes for kids have prompted. I've been itching to tell you about it since we begin. We're talking about these inspirational quotes at the dinner table every night. Each of us has our own quote book where we write down the quote and it's meaning. Can I just tell you how wonderful this … [Read more...]

Color Psychology: How to Use Color in Learning #colorize

use of color in learning

Color.  Marketing departments spend millions of dollars on it. Because people see color before anything else. Color triggers physical, emotional, and cognitive effects. In consumers. And in students. So if color affects learning (and it does) let me share how you can use color to benefit a child's memory, performance, and concentration. How to Use Color … [Read more...]

NEW Spring Picture Books 2015

earth day picture books

Isn't spring the best? I love helping my kids notice all that is magical about it! Here are my favorite newly published spring (and Earth Day-ish) picture books. NEW Spring Picture Books 2015 A White Butterfly by Laurie Cohen, Barbara Ortelli "Sometimes butterflies are . . . " begins this simple board book. It shows us amazingly illustrated butterflies that are "pink like … [Read more...]

Best Activity Books for Traveling with Kids

activity books for kids

At home, in the car, or on vacation, give your kids entertaining activity books that will keep them busy for hours of brainy fun! These are the best activity books for kids ages 6 - 12. Happy traveling! Activity Books for Kids Easy Mazes by Shinobu Akaishi, Eno Sarris This book of mazes should be just right for your younger kids who aren't ready for the more … [Read more...]

10 Character Based Journals for Kids

Journals based on story characters

If your child loves these stories -- stories like Frozen, Magic Tree House, or Diary of a Wimpy Kid, let her use the love of the characters as motivation for journal writing. See if one of these 10 character-based journals for kids would interest YOUR child and get him writing during summer vacation. Note: descriptions are from the publishers. 10 Character Based Journals … [Read more...]