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Mindfulness in a Device Distracted World

See more pictures of the book, Sidewalk Flowers. I subscribe to Brain Pickings Weekly which is an informative and inspirational email I receive each week. It is put out by Maria Popova, a well known writer, and this is what she says in her “about” page ” Brain Pickings is my one-woman labor of love…

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Fancy Nancy’s Favorite Fancy Words Book Review

Fancy Nancy’s Favorite Fancy Words: From Accessories to Zany by Jane O’Conner Fancy Words equal a  scintillating vocabulary. As a teacher, when I spot appealing books that also are teaching tools, I’m hooked! There is one word for each letter of the alphabet. What I love about this book is the appropriateness for a broad…

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Lafcadio by Shel Silverstein Book Review

Lafcadio, the Lion Who Shot Back by Shel Silverstein Lafcadio, is my favorite read-aloud book. Every year when school starts, I pull out my well-worn copy of Lafcadio, dust it off, and read the first chapter to my excited third graders! They are hooked! They want me to continue but I stop for the day.…

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5 More Journal Writing Prompts

Here are 5 more inspiring writing prompts to get your students thinking…. 1. “Don’t judge a book by it’s cover.”  What do you think that means?  What about judging people by the way they look? Write about a time you thought bad things about someone and it wasn’t true. 2. “To me, the greatest pleasure…

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Math, Manipulatives & Magic Wands Book Review

Math, Manipulatives & Magic Wands by Karen Simmons & Cindy Guinn I love this book and my students love the projects! It’s easy to use with pictures that show the visual outcome. You know which NCTM standards are being addressed too. There are lots of reproducible sheets to help teachers and parents. Its packed with…

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BLOG Post 04/26/11 – Check out my Add/Subtract Rhyme Book on MagicBlox

Preschoolers have an amazing ability to memorize rhymes. There are many reasons to encourage this activity. Neural pathways are forming in the brain and in these early years, memorization stimulates future learning. What a wonderful opportunity for children to begin to learn to add and subtract using rhymes and pictures. My new Add/Subtract Rhyme ebook…

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Art Stimulates Learning in Children

I recently read an interesting article in Parenting Magazine called, “Why Art Makes Kids Smarter.” I’ve been concerned for a long time about the cut back of art programs in the public schools. Art, music, drama all provide access to right brain creating and learning and we need this balance of logic (left brain) and…

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Sudoku Math to Stimulate Young Brains

BLOG Post 02/23/11 – Sudoku Math to Stimulate Young Brains

Kindergarten Sudoku I just came across a book that I think is a brilliant idea – Kindergarten Sudoku by Peter Kattan.  I’ve been studying the way children learn for many years, so I appreciate the educational value of this type of book. If children are exposed to logical puzzles and sequencing at an early age,…

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Write a love note to your child!

BLOG Post 10/06/10 – Write a love note to your child!

I was reading a blog written by Rhonda Cratty about the importance of writing little notes to our children.  This is what she said about sharing a book together. Open a book; sharpen a pencil and write your child a love note about a book you are enjoying together. I promise your words will last…

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Drawing with Children Develops Right-Brain Thinking

BLOG Post 07/05/10 – Drawing with Children Stimulates Writing Skills

Drawing with Children by Mona Brookes If summer feels boring for your kids, teach them to draw.  “But I don’t know how to draw,” you moan.  Well, Mona Brookes shows you and your child how to “see” objects and the space around them and be able to draw it quite accurately.  This isn’t a book where…

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