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Upper Elementary Great Reads

  • A Series of Unfortunate Events

    by Lemony Snicket Year Published: Average

    There are 13 books in Lemony Snicket's Series of Unfortunate Events. We meet Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire, and we share in their unfortunate challenges. While the tribulations Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire go through are unfortunate, these situations abound with direct and indirect vocabulary knowledge. Readers will enjoy the unique ways the three children solve the difficulties in which they find themselves! From After the sudden death of their parents, the three Baudelaire children must depend on each other and their wits when it turns out that the distant relative who is appointed their guardian is determined to use any means necessary to get their fortune. It's a good thing that Violet Baudelaire has a real knack for inventing things. When misery comes to call, the right invention at the right time can mean everything. It's also fortunate that her brother, Klaus, has read lots of books and knows many important things, like how to tell an alligator from a crocodile and who killed Julius Caesar. When everything that can possibly go wrong does, a small fact can be vital. It's lucky, too, that Sunny Baudelaire, the youngest sibling, likes to bite things. Even though she is an infant, and scarcely larger than a boot, she has four very big and sharp teeth. When trouble comes along, sharp teeth can save the day. But most of all, it is good fortune that Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire are as sturdy and resilient as they are, for ahead of these three children lies a seemingly infinite series of unfortunate events.

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For Parents

  • How to Say It:  Kids

    How to Say It: Kids

    by Richard Heyman, Ed.D. Year Published: Average
    This edition includes the complete texts of How to Say It to Your Kids by Dr. Paul Coleman and How to Say It to Teens by Richard Heyman, Ed.D. Topics such as "moving," sportsmanship," "improving self-confidence," and "clothes" are arranged alphabetically. Each subject offers ~ideas to consider ~three things you must do ~what to say and do, including words and phrases to use ~what not to do, including words and phrases to avoid. This books opens the door to many topics that arise during the childhood and teen years, including some that are difficult to talk about. This book offers countless ideas to help parents find the right words as they talk with their children.
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  • Positive Discipline:  The First Three Years

    Positive Discipline: The First Three Years

    by Jane Nelsen, Ed. D., Cheryl Erwin, M.A., and Roslyn Ann Duffy Year Published: Average
    While the title targets the first three years, this book is good reading for parents of somewhat older children, as well. Part of the Positive Discipline series, this book answers questions such as, "What do I do when my twenty-one month old bites another child?" "How do I help my toddler develop a healthy self-worth?" "Why does 'no' not really mean 'no' to a child under the age of three?" Informative text with many examples of children at various ages and stages of development help parents understand the importance of raising their child with kindness and firmness. Other titles in the Positive Discipline series include: Positive Discipline~~~Positive Discipline A-Z~~~Positive Discipline for Preschoolers~~~Positive Discipline for Teenagers~~~Positive Discipline in the Classroom~~~Positive Discipline: A Teacher's A-Z Guide~~~Positive Discipline for Single Parents~~~ Positive Discipline for Your Stepfamily~~~Positive Discipline for Parenting in Recovery~~~Positive Discipline for Childcare Providers~~~Positive Discipline for Working Parents~~~Positive Discipline in the Christian Home
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  • Raising Happy Kids

    Raising Happy Kids

    by Elizabeth Hartley-Brewer Year Published: Average
    Children spell love as t-i-m-e. They also spell it as t-r-u-s-t, l-i-m-i-t-s and c-o-n-s-i-s-t-e-n-c-y. No parent is perfect, but this book gives many ideas for helping parents of children of all ages to be their best.
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  • The Read-Aloud Handbook:  Sixth Edition

    The Read-Aloud Handbook: Sixth Edition

    by Jim Trelease Year Published: Average
    Jim Trelease's sixth edition of this book, published in 2006, is a how-to of read-aloud. No matter a child's reading level, age, or reading skills, reading aloud can benefit a child in so many ways. In his preface, Trelease tells how to get better at reading: "The more you read, the better you get at it; the better you get at it, the more you like it; and the more you like it, the more you do it." In other words, "The more you read, the more you know; and the more you know, the smarter you grow." Reading aloud to a child can be the "hook" to reading more books, becoming familiar with authors, and learning all the ways our language can be put together to make ideas! Included in this book are an extensive list of read-aloud titles with descriptions, as well as recommended internet site resources.
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Character Building for Kids

  • What Do You Stand For?  For Kids:  A Guide to Buil

    What Do You Stand For? For Kids: A Guide to Building Character

    by Barbara A. Lewis Year Published: Average
    This book is written in kid-friendly language for grades 2-6. Positive character traits are presented in a realistic way with explanations, examples, and ways to demonstrate each one in daily life. Both younger and older children will benefit from reading and discussing this book with a trusted adult.
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  • Homework Without Tears

    Homework Without Tears

    by Lee Canter and Lee Hausner, Ph.D. Year Published: Average
    Appropriate for younger and older students, Homework Without Tears is a program that provides parents with a systematic approach to ending the nightly battles over homework and to motivating their children to succeed academically. Information and planning tools are included on how to read textbooks, how to study, and how to plan for short- and long-term projects. Strategies in this book help children and parents to develop the skills and self-assurance needed to create a positive, unstressful learning environment in your home.
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