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Great Books for Your Middle Schooler

We love books. We also love sharing books with our kids, and with your kids too! Reading is such an important part of life. A great love of reading can change how your child sees the world, and how they learn from it. That is why it is important to nurture that love for reading, which isn’t always easy for parents. One great way is to understand what kind of person your child is, what their likes are, what their personality is, and most importantly what their reading level is. If you choose a book too advanced for them it can intimidate them and make them afraid to read because they do not fully understand what they are reading and they don’t like feeling lost. If you choose too far below their level they can get bored and choose not read because it is not fun or thrilling.

To gauge some of these things you need to know how they are doing at school. Meet with their teacher and see what their reading level is this year. Or you might even want to see what it was last year, so that you can see if it is growing and changing each year. You can also check your child’s reading level by doing an at home reading competency test. Tutoring Parents has a great tutorial on how to gauge your child’s reading competency. The tutorial is simple to follow and can be applied to any age group.

Once you know your child’s reading level you can start thinking about books that will impress them. Think of their hobbies, their personality, and the things they think about being in the future. You want to pick things that they have an interest in already, but that doesn’t mean you cannot introduce them to new things. Here is a fun flowchart that will help you think of different ideas, and maybe help you brainstorm some of your own.

Flowchart:

Books for your middle schooler

Now it’s time to head for the library or the local bookstore to pick up some books for your middle schooler.

Melissa and Doug Toys: The Boy’s Store

Did you know that The Boy’s Store also stocks toys? We carry several Melissa and Doug toys and puzzles perfect for gifts or to add to your own collection of toys and games at home. Melissa and Doug toys are great because they are earth friendly and geared towards learning. The Boy’s Store offers several Melissa and Doug Puzzles that will help to keep your kids busy during those days they cannot go outside to play, or during quiet time at home or on the go. Check out some of the amazing puzzles we have in stock now.

Melissa and Doug Puzzles:

Construction Floor Puzzle by Melissa Doug: This floor puzzle is a favorite amongst boys that love construction vehicles. It is great for ages 3 and up, it is a 24 piece puzzle perfect for fun and learning.

World Map Floor Puzzle by Melissa Doug: Are you looking to teach your kids about the world? Geography is such an important part of learning. This puzzle will help kids gain a better understanding of the world around them.

The End of An Era Jigsaw Puzzle by Melissa Doug: Dinosaurs! Most kids are fascinated by dinosaurs. This fun puzzle gives them an idea of what dinosaurs looked like and how they might have interacted with one another.

Melissa and Doug Toys

Did you know that puzzles are an important part of learning? These are just a few of the important lessons puzzle building teaches kids:

  • Cognitive Skills
  • Problem Solving
  • Fine Motor Development
  • Hand and Eye Coordination
  • Social
  • Self Esteem

STEM Activities: Flotation Devices for Action Figures

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mechanics is a huge part of learning in today’s modern world. It is very important that we reinforce that learning at home. STEM doesn’t have to be a boring subject, in fact, it can be a quite remarkable subject that includes lots of outrageous experiments. This experiment is fun, simple, and teaches all in one amazing activity.

Teachers Pay Teachers:

Teachers Pay Teachers is an excellent resource for parents that home-school. Or for parents that want to help show their kids school can be fun and reinforce lessons at home to keep kids on track. Teachers Pay Teachers allows for parents to purchase or download free lessons. Lessons cover all kinds of different learning activities. This week we want to highlight the fun and educational aspect of a STEM activity  and how you and your kids can do it at home.

stem activities

This activity teaches your kids all about engineering their own flotation device for their toys. The kit includes a rubric for gauging your kids learning. This activity is perfect for grades 3-5. Interacting with your kids and being part of the learning process ensures that kids will see how important their education is. It also show them that you are their for help. No matter what, and will always be their to guide and encourage them.

Check out this fun STEM activity and be sure to look at some of the other learning activities available at Teachers Pay Teachers.