Inspiring Malala Youngest Nobel Peace Prize Winner

books about Malala Yousafzai

Malala Yousafzai won the Nobel Peace Prize today. She's the youngest winner EVER. And one of the most inspiring. Especially to young people who want to make a difference in the world. About Malala In 2012 in Pakistan, 14-year old Malala was shot in the head at close range. She was shot by a Taliban gunman simply because was a female attending school. It was a miracle that she … [Read more...]

PBS Kids Toys at Whole Foods (+ Giveaway)

PBS Kids Toys

PBS KIDS and Whole Foods Market team up to bring PBS KIDS’ line of educational and earth-friendly toys exclusively to the Whole Foods for the holiday season. PBS Kids Sloth Plush Sloths are so cute, aren't they? I saw a sloth in Costa Rica and was thrilled for a glimpse. If you love this plush, you'll want to also get the new and wonderful picture book, Sparky. PBS … [Read more...]

American Girl Samantha

American Girl Samantha

American Girl, Samantha, returns from retirement with new and wonderful books. (Seriously, I've read the books, so have my kids, and we really love them!) My daughters LOVE Samantha and play so many imaginative scenarios with her. This doll is a perfect gift for the holidays for kids ages 8 - 12. And don't you just love the history of the American Girl dolls and the … [Read more...]

Free Printable Christmas Mad Libs

Christmas Mad Libs

Do you love fun and silly family activities? My kids were cracking up last week as I reminisced about the footy pajamas I got every year for Christmas . . . with butt flaps. Remember those? (Super classy!) Anyway, I decided to include the idea in a Christmas mad libs type letter. It's a free printable and should be silly enough for some good laughs. Christmas Mad … [Read more...]

Writing Prompts for Kids

writing prompts for kids

Normally I dislike writing prompts for kids because I don't like prompts myself. However, I do think many kids want and even need ideas and inspiration for writing. So, I've found some fantastic online story and character idea generators that I think will motivate your kids to write. These are writing prompts about which I can feel enthusiastic! Story Ideas for Kids The Story … [Read more...]

10 Terrific Beginning Chapter Books (2014 Cybils)

terrific beginning chapter books 2014 cybils

When kids start transitioning to chapter books, they need good easy chapter books. This year, I'm jugding the Cybils Easy Reader / Short Chapter Books category and I'm looking for well-written books that kids will love which were published in 2014. Remember that beginning chapter books are characterized by having short chapters, a larger font size, and illustrations that … [Read more...]

Summarizing Fiction

FLOW MAP

Now that we've covered determining importance and summarizing nonfiction, let's talk about summarizing strategies for fiction. This is SO hard for those natural retellers who want to tell you every last detail of the story. That's why summarizing has to be taught, modeled, and practiced. A lot. Flow Maps Flow maps are thinking maps for sequencing the main events in a … [Read more...]

Summarizing with Thinking Maps

TREE MAP

Summarizing doesn't come easily for most kids. Most kids are natural retellers. You know, those kids who tell you every last detail of a movie that they just watched? (Oh, the agony!) :) Which is why I want to tell you about using thinking maps (graphic organizers) to write summaries. The goal with summarizing, unlike retelling, is to only pull out the main idea and key … [Read more...]