It’s About Process, Not Product Says TinkerLab Guide for Little Inventors

TinkerLab book review

Rachelle Doorley writes one of the most inspiring blogs, TinkerLab. Now she's published a wonderful book --TinkerLab: A Hands-On Guide for Little Inventors (55 Playful Experiments That Encourage Tinkering, Curiosity & Creative Thinking.) (*affiliate link) The book celebrates a child's process, the tinkering. It's not about product -- not at all. It's more about what … [Read more...]

5 Virtual Summer Camps for Kids

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Kids can become virtual campers at online summer camps. Here are five fun virtual summer camps for 2014. Camp PBS Parents Check in weekly for educational activities, crafts, and experiments for you to do at home with your kids. sample activity: Make a Cereal Box Board Game Camp PBS Parents Camp Wonderopolis FREE virtual camp where kids gain extensive science … [Read more...]

Recommended Chapter Books for Summer Reading, Ages 6 – 18

good book list for summer reading

Need some recommended chapter books to stop your kids whining that they don't have a good book to read? (Or is that just my kids?) Luckily there are books aplenty - some of them hot off the presses like this list of middle grade chapter books that I highly recommend. Recommended Beginning Chapter Books My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish by Mo O’Hara (7-10 years) Hysterical … [Read more...]

We Love Dads Who Read #dadsread

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Hey, dads! Good job on reading with your kids -- and showing your kids that you are a reader. Not all dads do though. To Raise a Reader, Be a Reader One of the BIGGEST gifts you can give your kids is to be a reader yourself. And let your kids see you reading. Which is why I want to celebrate how great it is that YOU are a reader. Good job! “As much as they may deny it, most … [Read more...]

4 Reasons Why We’re Doing Scholastic’s Summer Reading Challenge #SummerReading

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This summer vacation we're going online for our summer reading program. We're doing the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge "Reading Under the Stars."  Now that the girls are on break, they're reading every day and going to the Scholastic site to record their minutes and do book-related activities. Here's why we're glad we have the Scholastic Reading Challenge and think … [Read more...]

26 Books Similar Harry Potter

books for kids who like Harry Potter

If your kids are big Harry Potter fans like mine, here are 26 books similar to Harry Potter they'll also love and I highly recommend. Books Similar to Harry Potter 39 Clues by Rick Riordan Age Range (8-12 years) This series has about a billion books so if your kids like it, they'll be reading and reading and reading. There are also series within series but you'll figure it … [Read more...]

Motivate Kids with a Summer Reading Program

Summer joy, hammock - girl with a book resting on a hammock in the garden

Want to keep your kids reading over the summer? How about joining a summer reading program! Plan for a summer reading program (or two) because it helps motivate kids with reading incentives and provides accountability. Here are all your options: 1. Your Public Library Make this your first stop for summer reading. Most public libraries will be kicking their summer … [Read more...]

Get Your Kids Thinking with Riddles

super fun riddle game for kids

UKloo Riddle Treasure Hunt game gets kids reading, thinking, and problem solving. And it's totally fun! Don't you want to make reading and thinking fun for your kids? Especially over the long summer vacation? I know. Me, too. Which is why I'm telling you about uKloo Riddle Edition as part of my Summer Discovery Learning Series. All summer I'll be giving you ideas to … [Read more...]