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Books My Kids Are Reading Part 6

Books, books and more books!

Welcome back to what has become an on-going series sharing the children’s books my kids and I are reading.

Before I get to the list of books we’ve enjoyed recently, I want to show you a neat booklet our local Irish library system publishes. It is a reading guide for different age groups from toddlers up to young adults. It includes both fiction and non-fiction recommendations.

The library must have a fairly robust budget to produce this booklet and I have no complaints about that!

The reading guide is compiled by a group of ‘book doctors’ who are all children’s book specialists. They have backgrounds in writing, editing, library science, bookselling or literature. Some of the book doctors have masters or doctorate degrees.

One of the book doctors is the reader-in-residence for Dublin City Libraries. How do I get that job?!?!

The book doctors don’t operate in a vacuum. They hold clinics throughout the year to meet with young people to get their feedback on what they enjoy reading.

As far as literacy and community engagement goes, I think this is a very worthwhile endeavor.

Now on with the show!

Here are the recently read books my kids, ages 7 and 10, would give two thumbs up!


Wed Wabbit by Lissa Evans

This book was such an unexpected surprise.

It started out with a pretty horrific scene. You know how you tell your kids NEVER to chase a ball into the street? Yeah. Well, something like that happened. I was thinking, “Oh no! This book is going to be so dark and terrible. What have I done?”

Yet, it wasn’t. It was such a strange, creative tale. It was filled with creatures who only spoke in verse, so it made reading it a lot of fun. My kids kept guessing what would happen next. It was a great adventure story with a strong bit of moral and emotional closure in the last chapter.

Thankfully, the book had a completely happy ending, which is how I like books to end!


The Curse of Herobrine: The Ultimate Minecraft Comic Book Volume 1 by Zack Zombie Comics

If you order this book and know nothing about Minecraft, this book will make no sense to you. You’ll be a hero, but you’ll have no idea why. You’ll be asking yourself, “What in the world is going on with this crazy Minecraft thing? These creatures look evil and why are there so many blocks?”

Just go with it. I know a little about Minecraft because my kids play and I still ask myself these things.

We’ve had The Curse of Herobrine for awhile (It was my daughter’s book. Minecraft is equally loved by girls and boys.), but just recently my son picked it up and this happened one morning…

I seriously had to check and see if the sky was falling.

He still reads out loud, so I heard the entire book for the umpteenth time. Then he asked me for the next two books in the series and he never asks me for books.

You can bet I jumped on that opportunity! A few days later these arrived:

Steve and the Swamp Witch of Endor: The Ultimate Minecraft Comic Book Volume 2 (An Unofficial Minecraft Comic Book)

and

Minecraft: The Wither Attacks! – The Ultimate Minecraft Comic Book Volume 3 (A Graphic Novel)

Even though I don’t “get” the story line of these books, I have found something to enjoy! These particular graphic novels have a lot of characters, so we each picked a different character to read out loud. I encourage my kids to read in the character’s voice. So if the character is an old man, use an old man voice. If the character is a big tough guy, use that kind of voice.

It takes a different level of reading comprehension to not only read the words, but to read them in character and to know when it is your turn to read. While my kids think it’s just a fun thing we do (and it is), there’s also some skill building going on too.


The Puppy Who Wanted a Boy by Jane Thayer

The kids’ grandma introduced me to this story and it is the most darling Christmas book.

Fair warning – it may make you want to cry, it is so sweet.

It is about a puppy who wants a boy for Christmas. He tries so hard to find one, but it does not go well. It seems all the boys are taken by other dogs. The puppy is exhausted and ready to give up and then an amazing thing happens!

I don’t want to spoil the ending…that’s the tearjerker part!

This book doesn’t appear to be in print any longer, but you can buy used copies online. Ours was used, but in great shape. If you do buy it, it will be one you’ll want to keep. The story is as good now as the day it was written in 1958! If you see it at the library, definitely check it out!


Incredible Incas (Horrible Histories) by Terry Deary

This is the second Horrible Histories book we’ve read. I’m STILL surprised the kids enjoy them so much because they are fairly wordy and full of hard names and dates.

Perhaps I’m underestimating my kids!

The author does a really good job of writing in a way that grabs their attention though. The Incas did some pretty terrible, disgusting things with urine and, of course, my kids thought that was fascinating.

This book also introduced them to how diabolical the Spaniards were in taking over the Incan empire. This is important because history is often presented in a very one-sided way and in this case, both the Incas and the Spaniards did terrible things to each other.

I don’t know that a kid would be super excited to get this book for Christmas, but if you want to introduce them to a version of history that isn’t dry and boring, this series fits that bill. We are currently reading our third Horrible Histories book about the Greeks.


Star Wars: Jedi Academy, Return of the Padawan (Book 2) by Jeffrey Brown

If you have a kid who is interested in Star Wars, this book will be right up their alley.

It follows Roan, a kid who starts middle school at a Jedi Academy. The book is told from his perspective and is an interesting mix of part diary, part comic book, part newspaper, part letters from home.

Some of the pages are pretty text heavy for my 7-year-old, but this wouldn’t bother older kids at all. As far as the middle school setting goes – there are a few references to liking a girl, but nothing that, so far, has seemed inappropriate for either of my kids. 

While it’s not completely mandatory to start with book one in this series, it will make a lot more sense to read Star Wars: Jedi Academy first. I think there are at least 4 books, so far, in the series.

If your kiddo loves Star Wars, but is still a beginning or reluctant reader, this set of Star Wars Phonics Books was INCREDIBLE and would be a good alternative to the Jedi Academy books.


Tassie and the Black Baron by Katie Roy

I’ve always wanted to describe a book as a ‘wild romp’ and I think I’ve finally found a book where I can bust out that phrase!

Time travel. A historical setting. A clever heroine. All of these things can be found in this book.

If you’ve ever gone on a boring tour of a castle or a historic home, you’ve probably looked at those old portraits on the wall and wondered what life might have been like hundreds of years ago. Well, now imagine that you got sucked back into that time period and were needed to save the day! That’s this book!

My kids were always surprised by the main character’s creative problem solving skills and I love a book that keeps them (and me) guessing and laughing.


Matilda by Roald Dahl

I’m a wee bit embarrassed to admit that this Matilda book came from a McDonald’s Happy Meal. However, this is one Happy Meal “toy” I am glad to keep.

Any Roald Dahl book is good and this one should be on your reading list. Don’t just let your kids watch the movie!


The Invisible Man’s Socks by Alex Shearer

The premise for this book is wild. A class goes on a field trip to a museum of horrors. Think of things like the poison pen, the hair from Bigfoot, vampire teeth, etc. All the things we like to pretend are real, but aren’t. Or are they?

The kids are told NOT TO TOUCH, but of course, everyone, including the teachers touch the museum relics.

That’s when the weird things start happening. Figuring out what is happening, why and how to reverse the damage is the journey the characters will embark on.

We had great fun trying to guess what was happening to each character and who they might be turning into. I could have done without the character who put on the strangler’s gloves though.

The one drag I found about this book is that there were a lot of characters, so the author kept repeating some basic information about each one. This made the book a bit more tedious to read out loud. My kids didn’t seem to notice though.


That’s it for this round!

As always, I’m happy to learn about other books my kids might enjoy! Do share!

Here are past posts on children’s books we LOVE

  1. Books My Kids Are Reading Part 5
  2. Books My Kids Are Reading Part 4
  3. Books My Kids Are Reading Part 3
  4. Books My Kids Are Reading Part 2
  5. Books My Kids Are Reading Now (Part 1)
  6. Two Children’s Books That Made My Eyes Leak – Cried my eyes out. Still my favorite books.
  7. Star Wars Phonics Books – These worked miracles at encouraging my son to read.

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Kid Wisdom: Everyday Superpowers

Picture it.

The kids and I are on a packed commuter train at 8:27 a.m.

We’re standing, of course, because it’s a Monday morning and everyone has to get to work on time on a Monday. By Friday they won’t care as much and the train will be less crowded.

I’m wearing my son’s backpack because 2nd grade homework is HEAVY and holding my own backpack with my left hand. With my right hand I’m holding onto one of the vertical bars to keep my balance as the train stops and starts.

The kids are clustered next to me attempting whatever movement they can get away with in a packed train car without getting the death glare from yours truly.

You might not know this, but packed trains get hot. Hot trains mean people start sweating. Sweaty people mean the train car is going to smell. Smelly train cars mean one of my children is going to loudly mention the train car STINKS while demonstrating its stinkiness by plugging their nose and gesturing wildly.

Despite all the people, the train is pretty quiet. No one talks to the strangers they see every day. Earbuds are in. Newspapers are read. Social media is given its likes, loves and shares. There’s a middle-aged man playing Pokémon Go on his phone. The young guy in a suit is eating his second apple. I know it’s his second because I saw him put the core of the first one in his pocket.

Without an inkling of warning, my 7-year-old stops poking his sister on the sleeve, looks up at me and says, “Mom, I think every person has a superpower. They just might not know it yet because it’s way deep down inside them.” He points to his belly as he says this. Then he continues,“They need to believe in themselves so it can come out, you know?”

Kids always pick the best moments for a deep conversation, don’t they?

My son, with the innocence of youth, was initially talking about comic book superhero-type powers. I didn’t want to crush his dreams because I too think it would solve a lot of problems if we could teleport and this world needs people who dream big.

However, he had voiced a truth so profound that I wanted to connect his insight to something tangible in the here and now.

So we talked about what everyday superpowers might look like: generosity, kindness, perseverance, listening, teaching, empathy, standing up to bullies.

We talked about his best friend in Georgia who can run really fast. That’s a pretty cool superpower, but it’s what he does with his superpower that makes it special. He encourages others on his track team to run fast too. To not give up. To finish the race even when they are tired. This friend is using his superpower for good when he could just as easily use it for evil with arrogance and conceit.

Then just like that it was 8:32 a.m. and the train pulled up to our station. Happy to have arrived at our destination, we fought our way out against the tide of people rushing in.

Then my 7-year-old, gesturing in general to the outdoors, said the second most profound thing of the morning.

“It sure smells better out here.”


P.S. If there is someone out there that doesn’t believe they have a superpower – that they can shine in some way in their lives – I’d be happy to introduce them to my 7-year-old. He’ll remind them that way down deep they certainly do.

 

 

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We’re Not Catholic, but I Sent My Kids to Mass

My kids went to Catholic Mass today.

We’re not Catholic.

We’re American expats living in Ireland where the public school system is run by the Catholic Church with public tax dollars. Even many private schools are Catholic-influenced.

Our kids (now 7 and 10) attend a private school that is not Catholic run. As a percentage, there aren’t a lot of these schools in Ireland, but they are growing in number and popularity.

Twice a year our school offers the children an opportunity to attend a community-wide Mass during school hours. All the various primary schools in the parish attend.

Of course, as parents, we have the right to opt our kids out of this event.

I chose not to.

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Here’s why.

While Catholicism is not our religion, it is the religion of almost 80% of the people in the country in which we reside. As of 2014, there were over 1.2 billion Roman Catholics in the world. Billion with a B.

That’s a lot of people.

When any religion is tightly woven into a society it impacts moral codes. It affects why people do what they do, believe what they believe, marry who they marry, vote the way they vote. Understanding not only what people believe, but why they believe it – even if you don’t – is important to building mutual respect.

While my kids are American citizens by birth, I hope when they grow up they will consider themselves to be citizens of the world. I want them to be curious about other cultures. I want them to dive into history, so they can understand how the past affects the present. I want them to be respectful of varying customs and beliefs, willing to try new foods and languages, empathetic to the struggles of others, open to listening to various viewpoints.

I’m not naive enough to think that them attending Mass twice a year is going to magically do all of these things. Of course not.

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But in this instance, given our current cultural and historic surroundings, it is a start.

It is them (or them with my gentle nudge) taking the first step – making an effort toward approaching life with an open mind, thoughtful consideration and respect for others.

That’s all I ask.

Make the effort.

This is but one small example. There will be countless other ways they can make the effort to see the world from someone else’s perspective in their lifetimes.

We talked openly about this learning experience and the reasons for attending before the kids went and after. I listened to their feedback and answered their questions. Before I give you the mistaken impression that this was some sort of transcendental experience for my kids, let me keep it real. My 7-year-old thought the whole thing, which in his mind lasted 27 hours, was boring.

I’ve felt that way about many a church service, so I can’t really fault him for that.

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Boring or not, my kids are learning things about the world that I didn’t have the chance to learn and embrace until I was an adult. In fact, I’m still learning.

Just imagine what could happen if instead of feeling threatened, insecure and instantly disagreeable to an idea or viewpoint that is different from ours we stopped and listened and learned. Through the course of listening and learning it is possible to remain true to your core values and find areas of common ground or at a minimum, mutual respect.

It’s not easy, but imagine how different our world might be then. Imagine how much kinder it might be. I have no doubt it is something worth striving for one human interaction at a time.

My hope is that my children will walk through life with integrity and an open mind. That they will place the well-being of humanity over the bottom line. That they will be adaptable, intellectually curious and empathetic. That their lives will be filled with purpose, meaning and happiness.

My husband and I don’t have all of the parenting answers. What works for our family might not work for another family. We’re learning as we go, figuring it out together, making changes when necessary and listening to our gut. Basically, we’re like parents everywhere trying to raise decent human beings.

Let’s hope we succeed.

 

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Interesting 5-Minute Reads

Let’s get a little random today!

I haven’t read any books worth talking about lately, but I have read some awesome essays on a variety of topics. Regardless of whether or not I agree with the opinion or topic, I love it when an author propels me to contemplate the issue at hand.

Here are 4 articles I found interesting this week.

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I have wasted far too much time questioning my life choices related to working and motherhood. It’s ridiculous and I know I’m not alone.

The essay Having It All Kinda Sucks by Amy Westervelt sums the issue up much more eloquently than I ever could. That Amy, she’s onto something.

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20 Quotes from Children’s Books Every Adult Should Know

Yes! This. All of this. If you need a little inspiration this morning, check out this article.

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Where Children Sleep by James Mollison

This is not an essay, but a photographer’s book showing pictures of children’s bedrooms around the world. The stark contrast in living conditions around the world is unsettling.

The child in this pictures lives in Nepal.

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You Would Die If You Didn’t Sigh

What the what? This insight into how our lungs work was fascinating to me. Sighing is important, people! That’s why I do it. It’s definitely not because I’m exasperated by my children’s behavior. No, never.

I couldn’t think of a lung graphic, so you get a silly picture of my kid instead.

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I hope these quick reads have given you food for thought to start your day. Happy Friday, folks!

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Friday Funny

I recently started reading How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell with my children.

Do you remember that book?

One boy takes a bet to eat 15 worms in 15 days and if he does his friends will give him $50.

A movie was made in 2006 based on the book. From what I can tell from this trailer, the premise is a little different, but something my kids would probably eat right up.

Pun definitely intended.

My kids are loving this book. It has the kid factor, the gross factor and the “would I really do it” factor going on.

On the day we started reading this book, I took the kids to dinner at Panera Bread. It had been ages since I had been there, so I decided to order something different, the Soba Noodle Salad.

As luck would have it, the booth farthest away from every other restaurant patron also happened to be a bit dim. It added to the illusion when I brought my dinner over to the table.

My children’s eyes opened about as wide as this bowl when they saw my salad. Remember, my salad didn’t look this perfect, nor was it lit professionally and photoshopped.

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image courtesy Panera Bread

Them: “What is that?” 

Me: “What does it look like?”

Them: “Worm salad.”

Me: “Well, that’s what it is. Do you want a taste?”

Them: “NO!”

As I took that first bite, very slowly and with dramatic pause, their mouths hung open wide and their eyes practically bugged out of their head. They voiced a collective “EWWW” when I gulped my first bite down with supreme exaggeration.

I have to admit, it does make me happy to mess with them a little! I laughed so hard! They still want to believe and I love that about them. I’m going to miss when they aren’t so easily open to suggestion. Now, if only I hadn’t psyched myself out… the noodles’ texture was a little suspect.

 

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Learning Fractions the Banana Bread Way

Last week bananas were piling up on my kitchen counter. It was quickly becoming a DEFCON “EWWW” situation.

I needed to bring resolution to the predicament ASAP because I really, really don’t like to waste produce.

Enter my favorite banana bread recipe which uses 4 bananas. Not a problem! I had 6 bananas. I was going to leave the other two bananas sitting there all lonely and forlorn on the counter when I realized I didn’t have to waste them. I could make a batch and a half of banana bread because I’m good with fractions.

I went to public school, folks.

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I know what you are thinking. “Annisa, this is starting off as a pretty lame story. Why are you even writing about this? This isn’t a big deal.”

To which I say, “if you only knew what I DON’T write about.”

It is a big deal (to me) because one of my kids is learning fractions. Also known by my third grader as the END OF THE WORLD.

I didn’t know math could be the root of so much melodrama.

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I learned the hard way that my child is learning fractions before basic division. In other words, explaining fractions using the dirty word “division” pushes the child’s “FREAK OUT RIGHT NOW” button.

It does beg the chicken and the egg question. Which should you learn first?

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If I was a really clever mom, I would have baked the banana bread WITH my child and talked about how I was increasing the recipe using fractions.

I’m not that clever and I had already started baking when I realized this would be a really good “Project Based Learning” lesson.

I came up with a way to save the lesson though. I divided (there’s that dirty word again) the batter into small ramekins instead of putting it all into a loaf pan. See where I’m going with this?

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During snack time that day, we had a fantastic, hands-on discussion about fractions.

“If you eat 1 banana bread that equals 1/6 of the total.”

“If we eat 3 banana bread ramekins, that equals 3/6. 3/6 is also known as 1/2.”

“If we have 6 whole banana ramekins, that can be written as 6/1 or 6.”

And so on and so forth. I daresay there was learning occurring without the children even realizing what was happening. You know if I would have slapped another worksheet in front of the kid all holy hell would break loose.

And that would just be my reaction.

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Because we did have a legitimately awesome discussion about fractions during snack time, I decided that was enough extra math for the day.

Mommy was exhausted.

I really think “Learning Fractions the Banana Bread Way” is going to catch on in academia. Aren’t you happy to have gotten in on the ground floor of this trend?

Free Learning Resources:
My Favorite Banana Bread Recipe
Khan’s Academy: Explaining Whole Numbers as Fractions

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How to Ask Your Kids About Their School Day

Hey, hey!

Is your household still basking in the glow of summer? Or are you like us and summer is a distant memory? We are in the middle of week 2 of school. How long until Winter Break???

These days, it’s a good morning if mommy only yells a few times “Hurry Up! The bus will be here soon.” Sad, but true. Please tell me I’m not the only one.

I saw this really cool graphic on CNN recently that showed a sampling of when school starts throughout the United States. It seems more and more schools are moving to August start dates. Interesting, right?

Here’s the full CNN article. Image below from the rockin’ graphics department at CNN.

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Moving on…

I genuinely do want to know what happens at school. There’s this whole chunk of my children’s day when they aren’t with me and it’s kind of weird to not know what’s going on. My children usually tell me they forgot what happened at school. My personal favorite is when they say “nothing happened.” Awesome and more awesome.

This means I have to be more subtle about how I go about extracting information. That’s why I LOVED this blog post by Simple Simon and Company about clever ways of asking your child how their day went or what happened at school.

When I use these techniques, I get much better responses. I just have to be prepared for their answers! Yesterday I heard, “I was talking during nap time, mom!” DOH!

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Simple Simon and Company did a follow-up post about how to ask your TEENS how their day went too. I should probably study that list of questions so that I’ll be prepared in 5 years when I have a teenager. *don’t want to think about it*

In other Back-to-School news, have you read this poem? I’m sure if you are in the education community you’ve seen it a million times, but it cracked me up.

“Twas the Night Before School Started”

Twas the night before school started
when all through the town
the parents were cheering
it was a riotous sound.

By eight the kids were washed
and tucked into bed
when memories of homework
filled them with dread.

New pencils, new folders, new notebooks too,
new teachers, new friends, the anxiety grew.
The parents just giggled when they heard of this fright
and shouted upstairs – GO TO BED-IT’S A SCHOOL NIGHT!
-author unknown

Last, but not least, we started the first day of school off right with our “First Day of School Giant Cookie” Tradition.

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If you want 5 easy ways to celebrate the first day of school, here are some ideas.

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I am so, so, so happy that my kids have been blessed with amazing teachers thus far in their education. What teachers do every single day to engage, inspire and educate a diverse group of students…well, it just boggles my mind. God bless them, every one.

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Notebook Paper Lunchbox Notes – Free Printable

We are in back-to-school countdown mode around these parts!

I always associate the start of school with fall, but in Georgia it is still 95 degrees. Definitely not fall-like weather. Maybe in a couple of months…

But whether I think it feels like the start of school or not, it’s still starting! Time to get with the program.

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Last year I started packing my daughter’s lunch with reusable lunchbox notes. I made these day-of-the-week notes and will keep using them this year. They’ve held up great! (There’s a free printable if you click on the link to that post.)

This is my son’s first time in all-day school, so he gets to take his lunch to school now too. He’s really excited to be one of the “big” kids now.

All this means I needed to add more reusable lunchbox notes to my stash.

I also wanted an excuse to use my laminating machine. I love that thing.

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I thought mini sheets of notebook paper would be in keeping with this whole back-to-school thing. As if I needed another reminder that I have to get up at oh-dark-hundred in less than a week.

Why does the bus have to come so darn early?

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I like options, so I made a horizontal and a vertical version.

As I was happily laminating these sheets I thought, “why didn’t I just laminate an actual sheet of notebook paper.” Huh.

Then I remembered that I didn’t have any wide-rule notebook paper. (All of our school supplies are ordered online and sent directly to the school.)

Oh, and most important, these mini-versions are cute and I had fun making them!

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I use a dry erase marker on these laminated notecards. The best way to erase the marker is with a Magic Eraser. Trust me on this. Otherwise, they are tricky to get clean.

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The only thing I have left to do now is remind my kids to not leave any surprises in their lunchbox. Mama stays so much happier if she doesn’t find a half-eaten carton of yogurt spilled all over the inside of a lunchbox. Or a half-full juice box that has slowly leaked out and soaked everything inside the backpack. I know all you moms out there can relate to that!

If you want to print out these notecards to use for your own personal use, here’s the link to the PDF. Each notecard is 4×6 inches. If you have a problem opening the PDF, send me a note in the comments. Thanks!

Notebook Paper Notecards Free Printable

P.S. I’m linking up with TidyMom – definitely check out her awesome site!

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Kindergarten Sight Word Flash Cards – Free Printable

I’m a mean mom.

I make my kids do reading, writing and arithmetic during their summer break.

My son just finished up Pre-K and earlier this year I noticed he was starting to put sounds together and showing interest in learning how to read.

So, we dipped our foot in that water and lo and behold, the little stinker knew more than he was letting on!

He’s started reading the Bob Books, but I asked his Pre-K teacher about what sight words he would need to know or would learn next year in kindergarten.

For some reason, I imagined she would give me a handy deck of flash cards to use to facilitate the process of learning these sight words. Ha!

Clearly, I was imagining I was on another planet where teachers aren’t over-worked and under-paid.

Instead, she gave me two sheets of paper. One appropriately titled “Kindergarten Sight Words” and one titled “Dolch Pre-Primer Sight Vocabulary.”

I think I might have still been on this alternate planet when I decided instead of going out and buying a deck of flash cards, I’d make my own.

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In my defense, I really love using the laminating machine. It’s true. LOVE IT.

Also, I wanted to make sure we were working on the same words our school district would be using.

The two lists had some overlap and it was interesting to see what the similarities and differences were. I expected “and,” “a,” and “go.” Who knew “pretty” would be on the kindergarten sight word list too? Not me.

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I definitely could have purchased a $3 set of cards, but as it turns out, my kids and I had a really pleasant afternoon making these cards.

I had designed the cards earlier in Adobe InDesign, so the fun part was left for them to help with!

They (and a stuffed turtle) helped me put them through the laminating machine.

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I cut the cards out with a craft knife and the kids helped with the hole-punching.

My son waited ever so patiently to put the cards on the ring himself and we sounded out each word during this process.

I have no idea how long I’ve had these binder-type rings in my office supply stash. Since college? I knew they’d come in handy one day. #hoardingforthewin

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If you’d like to download and use these flash cards too, I’d be so happy to share! They should print just fine on regular 8.5×11 paper. I’m going to give you a choice of a PDF version or a JPG. You don’t even have to laminate them. You could always print them out on card stock too.

Happy learning!

PDF VERSION

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