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Picture Books for Winter

While I love the changing leaves of autumn, there are lots of magical things about winter, too. Catching snowflakes, building snowmen, snuggling up under cozy blankets, and drinking hot chocolate topped with big, fluffy, white marshmallows are just a few ways to celebrate the season. With so much time spent indoors, it’s a good opportunity to read together even more often. And what better place

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Writing Game – The Rest of the Story

Need an activity to do with a group of kids? Here’s a writing game that will have everyone laughing! It can be played in co-op classes or at home with children of different ages. They just need to be able to read and write. How to Play To play, all you’ll need is a piece of paper and a pen or pencil. Player 1

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Unjournaling

As the weather gets nicer and it seems to get dark later, all my son wants to do is play. It’s hard to keep him motivated, especially for his least favorite topic- writing. I found the solution in the unexpectedly fun and effective jewel of a book Unjournaling, by Dawn DiPrince and Cheryl Miller Thurston.   This book turns writing exercises from humdrum to

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Dear Mr. Blueberry

From the title, you wouldn’t expect the picture book Dear Mr. Blueberry to be about whales. But that’s what makes this book such a fun read for both children and adults. Written by Simon James, Dear Mr. Blueberry features the correspondence between a young girl, Emily, and her teacher, Mr. Blueberry. In the book, Emily writes a letter to Mr. Blueberry describing the whale

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Novel-Writing for Kids and Teens

For many writers, the month of November is synonymous with NaNoWriMo, a shortened form of National Novel Writing Month. Would-be authors ages 13 and older can go to NaNoWriMo.org to sign on to write a 50,000-word novel in just 30 days. But NaNoWriMo isn’t only for adults and teens; younger writers can also accept the challenge. The NaNoWriMo’s Young Writer’s Program (http://ywp.nanowrimo.org/) is designed

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The Reason for a Flower

If you’re looking for a good starting place for a unit study about plants for your elementary students, The Reason for a Flower by Ruth Heller is a picture book worth checking out. Although this book contains a minimal amount of text, the text it does have introduces the students to many different aspects of plant life, including pollen and pollination; the parts of

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Summer Reading for Older Students

Finding books for your middle school student or young adult can sometimes be difficult, as the content in some of the books may not be a good fit for your family. Authors of works for older kids will often try to “push the envelope” by including scenes or language you might feel are inappropriate for your children to read. How then, do you find

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Summer Reading for Elementary Students

Whether or not your children are working on school lessons the summer, it’s still a good time to keep them reading. Often, libraries will have summer reading programs or contests for kids to keep them motivated. If you’re looking for some good books for your children but aren’t sure where to start, ask your librarian for a recommended reading list. Or, even better, ask

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2009 Education Software Review Awards

We are excited to announce that SmartTutor.com was awarded a 2009 EDDIE Award (Education Software Review Awards) from the ComputED Learning Center in two categories: Upper Elementary Reading / Literacy Website and Upper Elementary Math Website. CompuED’s EDDIE Awards target innovative, content-rich software programs and websites that augment the classroom curriculum and improve teacher productivity, providing parents and teachers with the technology to foster

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