Author: Diane

Science comes alive

If you are not an early riser, be sure to set your alarms for the total lunar eclipse that will start tomorrow morning at 7:45AM EST.   Take the opportunity to talk to your children about the moon, the galaxy, the…

Get your kids to be a fanatic reader???

James Patterson doesn’t just write great adult fiction. Check out his latest contribution to the young readers of the world. And then read the article by the acclaimed author James Patterson about how to get your child to be a…

Picture Books

When reading with your children, be sure to point out the pictures and ask them to tell a story with the picture. This helps young readers learn main idea and details. It also starts the process of predicting outcomes, which…

Home-schooling

I have been thinking more and more about home schooling lately. At this point, I think it has so many positives that far outweigh the negatives. I think that “out of the box” thinking and learning is at an all…

More about Judy Blume

I have posted about Judy Blume before. She is a prolific author of literature for young people and even a few for adults. National Public Radio did a great story on her recently. Some of the article is about censorship.…

Why do homework?

The movie “Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines” is about about a race from London to Paris in 1910. In the movie a German officer reads a book in order to learn how to fly. It doesn’t work too…

This day in history

November 18 1820 Captain Nathaniel Palmer discovered Antarctica. 1886 Chester A. Arthur, the 21st president of the United States (1881–1885), died in New York at 56. 1928 Mickey Mouse made his debut in Steamboat Willie.

Pinballs by Betsy Byars

I just finished a really great book for young people. The Pinballs by Betsy Byars is a book about 3 youngsters who have been brought together in a foster care situation. Each child has a very different personality and a…

Cramer’s Rule

Cramer’s Rule is a method of solving systems of equations. There are many methods including substitution and elimination. Sometimes though the coefficients of the equation are ugly. (Ugly isn’t my terminology, it is one given to me by a student.)…

Reading is fun

Do you read? Do your children/students read? One of the obvious things in life is if you answered yes to the first one, the answer to the second one is almost a given. If you read, your children will grow…

Thoughts today…

I leave tutoring every day with so much energy. Sometimes, I have gripes to share with my husband, but most of the time I am just so thrilled to have seen some light-bulb moments in a student’s eye. To save…

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This year my favorite SAT prep book is the McGraw Hill SAT 2012 with CD ROM. It has great a vocabulary reference area that includes learning word roots, prefixes and suffixes. It has 10 total practice tests. Because it has 2 online tests it really is able to give a “score” for reference that is far better than just taking a test and using an answer key to figure out how you are really doing. It is not a very expensive book and it is worth its weight in gold. It is available at most book stores and also for delivery from many online resources.