Smart First Graders Blog

Jul 03, 2014

Cool Math Games for Kids

Miss Brain's Cool Math Games for kids uses dice, cards, and other fun goodies to help kids practice math as they play. Ingenious.

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Jul 03, 2014

Smart First Graders (and beyond)

Help your first grade child discover the joy of learning with fun math games, cool reading activities, and other active learning adventures.

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Apr 30, 2014

Cumulative 1st Grade Books - Smart First Graders

Cumulative 1st grade books like The House That Jack Built start off simple, then build on themselves to get more and more elaborate. Great for language, and great fun.

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Dec 05, 2012

Practical and Useful Information

What a wonderful site. It has so much useful information for parents, grandparents, teachers, tutors, caregivers . . . and kids. The information on child

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Sep 25, 2012

Peace Week in Miss Fox's Class

After reading this book about one teacher's solution to all the bickering among the students in her class, my kids have become more aware of the times

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Sep 20, 2012

Elephant and Piggie Books

Elephant and Piggie are the best! They are written by Mo Willems, who is known for Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus and Knuffle Bunny--and E&P are just

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Sep 20, 2012

Dinosaurs Love Underpants

My 3 and 6 year old crack up to this book everynight! They think it is so silly that dinos would wear underpants

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Sep 20, 2012

Perfectionist Child

My daughter just finished first grade. It's been a rough year. She is so hard on herself when she doesn't live up to her own expectations. She played

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Aug 17, 2012

Free eBook: The First Grader Handbook


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May 25, 2012

Summer Fun Has (Almost) Begun!

summer activities for kids

School is ending, summer is here, and you are figuring out what your kids will be doing for those months.

You probably want to give your kids a well-deserved break, but you also don't want them to forget everything they've learned in school this year. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

1. Play outside together. 2. Go on a scavenger hunt. 3. Visit important people you don't see very often. 4. Set a goal, and work toward it. 5. Do the thing your family never has time for. 6. Pour bubble solution in a flat dish, tie a giant loop in rope, and make giant bubbles.

Follow this link for more great summer ideas!

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