Month: August 2017

8 Books for Your Third Grader to Read this Fall

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Guys, I can’t believe my baby is in the third grade! Wasn’t it just yesterday that he was a tiny baby with a big gummy smile? Time passes too quickly but I can’t deny that I love having another independent reader in the house (and so does amazon.com).

With the beginning of school and fall just around the corner, W and I sat down to put together our fall 2017 third grade-reading list. I purposefully requested he read a few books beyond his reading level and a few books that have a broader message to them than some of the more lighthearted reads from this summer. I promised that we’ll read them together so he’s not struggling with words and concepts on his own. Usually, we read at least one book a month out loud together so that I can help him with new words and so we can discuss the book’s message. Of course, he’s also chosen some fun new books that he’ll read on his own too!

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Book Review Written By A Kid For a Kid: The 26 Story Treehouse by Andy Griffiths

Hi Guys! I’ve mentioned before that my son, W was a reluctant reader. He still prefers Minecraft to books but, at least now he requests reading material. He’s almost done with his summer reading so I asked him to help me out by reviewing his favorite book. With no further ado, here is W’s kids book review of The 26-Story Treehouse !

The 26 Story Treehouse by Andy Griffiths

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Don't Avoid Travel with Kids: How to Have Fun with Young Kids at Museums

5 Ways to Keep Kids Happy At Museums

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Guys, I love museums. I mean, I really love museums. During a college trip to Italy, I dragged all my friends to the tiniest, most obscure museums I could find just to see one or two specific pieces of art. By day three, they revolted and went shopping. Granted, I am an art history minor and my legal interest is in cultural property law so I am definitely biased, but museums are a great place to learn about and interact with world cultures. They are often the highlight of my family vacation. And yet, when I suggest bringing the kids to museums like the Louvre or the Rijksmuseum, I often hear, “They’ll be bored,” or “You should wait until they are older and can appreciate the art,” or “They’ll only have fun at children’s museums.”

Well, the heck with that, I say! There are a lot of ways to engage young kids at museums to set the foundation for a love of culture and learning. Living in DC, my kids happily spend rainy days at the Smithsonians exploring all the exhibits. Here are my top five ways to keep kids happy at museums!

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Blogging 101: Starting a Blog: Lessons from the first month of Blogging

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Starting a Blog: Lessons from the First Month of Blogging!

Happy Friday!  I think the blogging process is fascinating and many of you do too. If you are thinking about starting a blog or are just curious about my blogging journey check out Blogging 101 on the main menu. I just posted How to Blog: Lessons from My First Month of Blogging, which details my stats, future plans for BooksKidsTravel, and resources I’ve found super helpful. I will update Blogging 101 regularly. Guys, I am very honest about what hasn’t worked for me and what has worked so hopefully you will find it useful. Check it out and remember to subscribe!

 

Summer Reading: My 4 year old’s summer reading list!

A few weeks ago, I posted my eight-year-old son’s choices for summer reading.  Not to be left out, his four and a half-year-old (that half year is VERY important!) sister pulled out her favorite books that we are reading this summer.

Little A loves books and spends a lot of time choosing what to read every night. I hope you enjoy her top summer books as much as we do!

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Kid Friendly Cape Cod: Heritage Museums & Gardens and The Adventure Park

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The kids and I are on Cape Cod for two weeks. We have gone to the beach, played mini golf at Pirate’s Cove, eaten more ice cream than we should, and jumped at the inflatable park multiple times. So when I asked William what new activity he wanted to try, he immediately said The Adventure Park at Heritage Museums and Gardens.

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The Adventure Park at Heritage Museums and Gardens

The Adventure Park is an aerial, forest adventure for ages 7+ in Sandwich, MA. There are five separate climbing trails of varying difficulty. Participants are given harnesses and a brief tutorial before they head out on the trails.  Yellow trails are easiest, green trails are harder, blue trails are intermediate, and black trails are the hardest. Younger kids are limited to the yellow and green trails.

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