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...]

ALEKS Math Website for Kids

McGraw Hill website ALEKS for kids to learn mathematics

Parents, you can avoid any summer slide and even help your kids get ahead in math with ALEKS, a web-based, artificially intelligent mathematics assessment and learning system from McGraw Hill Education correlated to NCTM standards. It's an innovative, award-winning math website for kids third grade and up that will keep them actively learning all summer long. ALEKS Math … [Read more...]

Summer Reading List for Parents and Teachers

recommended books for summer reading

I haven't forgotten about you, grown-ups. You need good books to read just like your kids do! Which is why you get your own summer reading list for parents and teachers. :) So, I'm a bit loath to admit that I recently started reading romance. I thought I'd never go there but when I got the Epstein Barr Virus, my brain fog was so bad that I had trouble comprehending books. No … [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...]

Summer Math Activities for Kids

math activities and games for kids

I hope you've downloaded my free summer learning printables -- Brain Camp -- and seen the math options from which your kid can choose. If not, here's the link. Today, I want to make sure you have all the resources you'll need to help your kids in elementary (primary) school with these fun summer math activities. Summer Math Activities for Kids 1. … [Read more...]

STEM Summer Camps and Classes

STEM Summer Camps and Classes

Avoiding the summer learning loss can be challenging but Sylvan Learning's Sylvan Edge is excited to announce a solution! They're offering new STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) summer camps and classes. To register or get more information, go here.   STEM Summer Camps and Classes Robotics for Kids Camp and Class (Grades 2 - 6) Build and animate … [Read more...]

Summer Writing Ideas for Kids

summer writing ideas for kids

If you've downloaded my free Summer Brain Camp printables, you'll see the page of choices for summer writing ideas. Today I want to make sure you have the links for these fun summer writing activities. Hopefully, these ideas will motivate your kids to write this summer --or anytime. For me, writing has been a gift. It's a way to express my feelings, and more importantly, … [Read more...]

Getting My Parenting Groove Back (and helping my daughter)

parenting books and coaching

Recently I've been feeling defeated with parenting one of my daughters. This daughter experiences intense feelings which often spill over into our family and can overwhelm me. Because of the age of my kids (10 and 13) and sensitivity to their feelings, I'm not going to share too many personal stories but I do want to share what's helped ME shift my parenting first of all, as … [Read more...]

Summer Picture Book Reading List for Pre-Readers

summer picture book list

A reader asked me to make a summer reading list of picture books for pre-readers that included good variety, from lesser known authors, were well-written and highly recommended. I loved the challenge. I hope you and your kids like the list! :) (Scroll down to see all three categories of picture books.) Summer Picture Book Reading List for Pre-Readers The Book with No … [Read more...]