Books that Inspire Kids to Learn

Books that Inspire Kids to Learn

Many thanks to Hallmark for sponsoring this post and helping to create communities where all children have the chance to grow up as healthy, productive & caring persons.  All book choices and thoughts are mine alone. Today's b...
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Geography for Kids: 8 Awesome Atlases

It's so important for kids to understand (and appreciate!) geography these days!  The world has become a much smaller place now that social media has taken a front seat in our lives.  It seems to be a daily discussion at our hous...
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Teaching Kids about Veterans Day & Remembrance Day

Talking to kids about unhappy moments can be tough -- BUT it's a necessary thing in life.  Educating them about Veterans Day, Remembrance Day and war is one of those occasions -- it's not a pleasant topic to discuss but one that needs...
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Non-scary Pirate Books & Movies for Kids

Did you know September 19th is International Talk like a Pirate Day?  Aarrghhh! The perfect day to have some fun searching for hidden 'treasure', playing dress-up, reading a few good books and even enjoying a family movie together. ...
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11 Inspiring Books for Kids who Want to Start a Club

Did you have a chance to download the free printables in our 3 Reasons Your Kids Should Start a (Secret) Club post? Starting a club or fort is a rite of passage for kids -- a statement that says "I'm ready to bond with my peers" if you wil...
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Kids Books about Fractions & Hands-on Math Activities

We have a running joke in our house about the 'bigger half'. My daughter started it when she was younger -- we would ask if she wanted to split a sandwich or cookie with someone and her reply was always "Yes, but I want the bigger half!" We...
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Great Wilderness Adventure Books for Ages 9 - 12

With the first official day of summer coming this week, I sat down to review our summer reading list.Since I know first hand that it can be somewhat challenging to get those older kids reading during the summer months (or reading something ...
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Science & Water Activities for a Day at the Pond

One thing I really enjoy during the summer are days out with the kids!  We like to explore almost anywhere but since we have a summer budget, finding free places to visit is always a plus since we like to get out a lot during summerti...
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How to Start a Mother Daughter Book Club

Tips & book recommendations for starting a Mother/Daughter book club!As much as I love read aloud sessions with my kids , I also know that I can’t read to them forever – although I’ll certain keep trying ;)As kids get older, the ...
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Library Scavenger Hunt for Kids (FREE printable!)

Inspire kids to learn about the Dewey Decimal system with this FREE printable Library Scavenger Hunt! The library is a magical place for kids! So many wonderful books holding everything you've ever wanted to know -- and some things you ne...
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100+ Free Online Games & Book Activities

I love getting kids excited about books!  Sometimes it's not as easy as just handing them a book though. Getting kids into books isn't just about reading -- it's also about making the story interactive. And there are quite a few chi...
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Life Skills for Kids: Money Management, Map Skills & Healthy Behaviors

As parents, we all know how important it is to teach our children various life skills.  Learning about money, healthy behaviors and other everyday tasks are just as important as all the math & reading skills the kids learn at scho...
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The Best Books to Read at the Breakfast Table

When do you do storytime at your house? I know most families (ours included!) choose to read right before naptime or bedtime.  The kids are winding down and it's a great opportunity to snuggle up with a story. That's usually when we ...
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15 Books We Can't Wait to Read in 2015

As am sure you know, we are big readers at our house.  And as readers, do you know what's worse than dropping an ice cream cone around here?  Waiting for the next book from a much loved author or illustrator to come out! Serious...
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Gifting Books as Adventures

A number of years ago, we started a tradition at our house -- giving books for Christmas.  Each year, our kids get to open one of their gifts early -- oh yea, they love that!  When they come home on their first day of holiday br...
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