Friday December 6, 2013
I live in a house in which the kids mope around and sigh if they don't have anything to read, so sometimes I forget that it's not always easy for other people to find ways to get kids reading. That is, until a new blockbuster movie based on a book comes out and the traffic near my local bookstore is crazy. (Incidentally, the bookstore and movie theater are on the same block.)
Movies that are based on books always beg the question: Should your kid read the book first? In my opinion the answer is "yes," except when it's "no." Let me explain...
There are things you need to consider before you tell your child to read the book before you take him to the movie, including:
- Is the book appropriate?
- Is the movie appropriate?
- Will your child actually read the book?
- Will seeing the movie inspire him to read it?
- Is the book too hard for him to read?
So now you're thinking about it, right? Check out more tips on how to get kids reading from page to screen.
Wednesday December 4, 2013
Not too long ago, I wrote a blog post about using cookies as a way to teach fractions. I sort of wish I had waiting until today to share that cool kitchen math idea because today is National Cookie Day! Well, I suppose instead, I'll share some other things you can do with cookies:
Monday December 2, 2013
I don't think I've ever met a parent who doesn't complain about hearing their kids say "I'm bored." It never ceases to amaze me how quickly kids can go from completely, complacently entertained to so bored they're about to cry. Without fail in my house, it happens when I either have to use the bathroom or make an important phone call.
To combat these dreaded words, I've compiled a list of activities to keep your children from complaining of boredom. What's that you say? They don't waannnt to go outside? No worries there, either. All of these activities can be done inside, with minimal input from Mom and Dad. They also have educational value. Bonus!
Wednesday November 27, 2013
Image: Amanda Morin
Hanukkah starts at sundown tonight! If you celebrate the holiday, your kids are probably pretty excited and you're busy grating potatoes to make Latkes. So what do you do with the kiddos while you're cooking?
Considering sitting them down with a set of Tangrams, a mathematical puzzle consisting of 7 shapes that can be used to create different images. If you need a set, visit the About.com Mathematics Tangram page and print a copy of the large Tangrams on card stock.
Once your child has cut all the pieces apart, she's ready to sit down with this printable holiday Tangram pattern shaped like a Dreidel and see if she can make the shape with some of the Tangrams.
Frustrated yourself? Check out the solution to the Dreidel pattern . But don't let your kids see!
Looking for more holiday Tangram puzzles? Check out:
Printable Christmas Tangram Puzzles