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Jen Robinson
San Jose, CA
Dedicated to growing joyful learners: bookworms, mathematicians, scientists, artists, + more
Interests: joy of learning, education, children's books, hiking, reading, walking, red sox baseball, wine tasting, mysteries, literacy
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Here are highlights from the links that I shared on Twitter this week @JensBookPage. Topics this week include #BookLists, #FreedomToRead, #giftedness, #libraries, #ReadAloud, #ScreenTime, #ScreenFree, #SleepHabits, #STEAM, #STEM, parenting, schools, and teaching. Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Jen Robinson's Book Page
She is! She's more of a tween bookworm at this point. Thanks for reading, Judy!
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As regular readers know, I read aloud to my daughter while she eats breakfast on school days. We are currently working our way through the My Life series by Janet Tashjian (highly, highly recommend them). The other day, an exciting event occurred in this tween series. I won't tell you which title this occurred in, but... A Boy Kissed a Girl on the Cheek! It's true. My daughter, who has been immersed in this series for months now, shrieked with delight. Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2020 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
Oh, yes, Karen, I remember that one! floccinaucinihilipilification. Not sure I could ever pronounce it, but it's possible that it was in my story, too. I knew that you would be one of the people who could relate to this milestone. The word I feel that we've been most successful in teaching her through pointing out examples is hypocrisy. It's not hard to find :-)
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Here are highlights from the links that I shared on Twitter this week @JensBookPage. Topics this week include #audiobooks, #BookLists, #Cybils, #EdTech, #GrowingBookworms, #homeschooling, #JoyOfReading, #poetry, #ReadAloud, #ScreenTime, and #WorldIntrovertDay. Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2020 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
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My daughter has been writing since she could pick up a pencil, more or less. Right now she's going through a stage that I remember going through myself (though I was older): collecting words, the bigger the word, the better. I first noticed this as she was writing thank you notes for her Christmas presents. She ended up thanking my parents "supercalifragilisticexpialidociously much" for a new dress. Because "very" just wasn't cutting it anymore. Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2020 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
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Happy New Year, readers! I realize that it's been a while since I sent out the newsletter (since November 13th). It was a very busy end of the year for me. I'm getting back on track now, but with some changes coming for the blog (see below). In this issue I have a post about my "one word" for 2020, a new "Bookworm Moment" for my daughter, and a post about "introvert streamers" for World Introvert Day. One thing that I have continued to do throughout my busyness is share links regarding literacy, schools, and the joy of reading. I've included the most recent roundup of those links here. The others can be found on my blog. Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2020 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
It's nice to know that we are in a similar place, Charlotte! I agree that LESS and CONTROL are similar. I've also thought of STREAMLINE and FOCUS. But LESS is working for me as I make decisions - short and sweet. I wish you luck with control, and ultimately finding more time for joy. Happy New Year!
Patience is a great word, Judy. You've certainly had your share of frustrations to cope with in 2019. I wish you patience and peace in 2020.
She prefers Costco, because the carts are bigger. The grocery cart at our Safeway is pretty small... I always joke about it at checkout, asking how much she costs.
Judy! I'm so glad to hear from you. Don't you love the idea of introvert streamers?
Glad to hear it, Karen. I'll bet audiobooks are frustrating for you, because you read so fast.
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I learned via Twitter yesterday that January 2nd had been dubbed World Introvert Day. Alas, I learned of this too late to do much with it for this year, but I have added it to my calendar for the future. My daughter provided me with what she dubbed introvert streamers. Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2020 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
Thanks, Terry. You captured the two reasons I write these down - to make fellow book-lovers smile, and to document them to help me remember.
Thanks for reading and commenting, Terry. I didn't realize that you had been through that step of reaching out to publishers to scale back, too. I'm going to miss the packages, too, I'm sure, but it's great to hear that it's working well for you. Renewal is a lovely word! I know exactly what you mean about labeling things work when they used to be labeled joy, and I hope you can find the joy again! I'm so grateful for your friendship.
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Recently my daughter taken to slowly roller-skating around our kitchen while reading graphic novels. When initially questioned about this behavior she said: "This is how bookworms exercise." Can't argue with that. Personally, I listen to audiobooks when I exercise, but whatever works. Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2020 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
A number of bloggers that I follow choose "One Word" to strive for each year. It's a simpler version of setting resolutions, I suppose. You pick a word that speaks to where you are at the moment, and where you would like to head in the coming year. In this post, I share my One Word for 2020: LESS Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2020 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
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Here are highlights from the links that I shared over the past couple of weeks on Twitter @JensBookPage. Topics include #BookAccess, #BookList, #dyslexia, #EdReform, #HigherEd, #IntrinsicMotivation, #JoyOfLearning, #JoyOfReading, #math, #reading, play, schools, and teaching. Wishing everyone a Happy New Year, and a book-filled 2020. Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2019 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
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Here are highlights from the links that I shared on Twitter this week @JensBookPage. Topics this relatively light week include #BackgroundKnowledge, #BookLists, #Dyspraxia, #ELA, #FreePlay, #GiftGuides, #GraphicNovels, #JoyOfReading, #ReadAloud, #ReadingChoice, #RetrievalPractice, literacy, schools, and teaching. Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2019 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
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Here are highlights from the links that I shared on Twitter over the past two weeks @JensBookPage. Topics in this jam-packed edition include #BookLists, #GettingReadingRight, #GiftGuides, #GivingTuesday, #GraphicNovels, #GrowthMindset, #HigherEd, #KidLitCon, #Kidlitosphere, #LoveOfReading, #PISA, #Play, #Poetry, #ReadAloud, #SocialMedia, math, parenting, schools, teaching #literacy, and testing. Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2019 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
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Here are highlights from the links that I shared on Twitter this week @JensBookPage. Topics this week include #BodyImage, #BookAccess, #BookClubs, #BookLists, #Bullying, #CognitiveTraining, #DualCoding, #Grammar, #JoyOfLearning, #KidLitCon, #LearningStyles, #LoveOfReading, #Math, #mistakes, #nonfiction, #Play, #ProductiveStruggle, #ReadingChoice, #ScreenTime, #WimpyKid, publishing, schools, teachers, and writing. Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2019 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
That is good to know, Jennifer. Thanks for taking time to clarify! I'm volunteering at ours anyway, so I can choose books with my daughter. But I'm glad there's a limit on this (and in retrospect, of course there would be).
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Here are highlights from the links that I shared on Twitter this week @JensBookPage. Topics this busy week include: #BookLists, #CommonCore, #Curiosity, #Curriculum, #EarlyReading, #Giftedness, #GivingTuesday, #GraphicNovels, #History, #LoveOfBooks, #MentalHealth, #NancyDrew, #ReadingLogs, #ScreenTime, #SocialMedia, #STEM, #Writing, failure, libraries, reading, and schools. Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2019 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
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In this issue I have a review of a wonderful new middle grade novel and two tips for growing bookworms (scheduling playdates at the library and taking photos of your young children with books). I also have one bookworm moments post about reading while walking through the mall. I have three posts with literacy and reading-related links that I shared on Twitter. Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2019 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
Oh, it's definitely a bookworm win. And she still wanted the third book, even without having LOVED the first two. So she did like them ok. Maybe I'll at least show her teacher the photo at her conference next week.