Monday, May 4, 2015

Animorphs for Reluctant Readers

I like helping kids connect with books. When family members are struggling to find books for their kids I tend be one of the people that tries to help make that connection. For one particular family, lately most of those series have been out of print series that I have to hunt through library book sales or online used book stores to find the books.

Recently, I've been struggling to help one family member make that connection. However, at a local book sale we found a box of Animorphs books. For the price of about two new paperbacks we walked away with a large portion of the series. I was able to determine just how much using Scholastic's free Book List for the series found here. I waited to see if the child went home with the books and read them, but as predicted the books are a hit. The books are not high works of literature, but they do attract reluctant readers into the pages. Now I am tasked with finding the series.

The last time I had searched for a family member the series was not available outside the second hand market. However, much to my surprise and bad luck the beginning of the series is available in print currently it looks up to book 7. After checking my list I realized our first used book hunt had produced all but Animorphs #2: The Visitor of those available through the new market. So, I'm off hunting again. Thankfully, this is the season for library book sales. I'll pick up the new one as a birthday gift and hunt down the rest as I can.

I also discovered while looking that the Goosebumps books are back out again. Again, I hadn't looked in a bit, I'd primarily purchased what ever was available second hand. However,when I started my hunt for Animorphs an additional request was made for Goosebumps and while we were able to pick up later ones in the series, the early ones have been more elusive. So, I was quite happy to find the early ones available for sale. Just as a heads up the ones currently available are not in the same order as those originally published. The first one published in the 1990's is now currently number 13 I believe. So if you are working as I am with old and new, you will have to compare not only numbers, but titles, as they have changed. To make it even more confusing they had multiple series and numbers to begin with when they were first published. It can make it challenging to keep track.

Monday, August 25, 2014

HiSet Prep Free Materials

According to my research, Massachusetts and several other states have moved from the GED test to the HiSet do to the increased cost of the GED. I thought I'd update the GED post since this test is becoming more common across the country.

For residents of the state of MA information regarding registration can be found here.

Free practice resources.

Test format This provides and overview of the format of the test sections and what to expect from each section.

Houghton Mifflin provides a series of free practice tests for each of the sections:


Language Arts Reading

Language Arts: Writing


Social Studies

This provides more practice in the style and format of questions from the test:

Sample questions and answers in format of test

This site provides videos and and written practice and examples that break down the various sections for review.

Test Prep Review

If you know other free HiSet test prep resources you'd like to share please leave a link in the comment section and I'll be happy to add them to the list.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Sudbury 375 Field Day and Fireworks

Sudbury, Massachusetts turns 375 on September 4th. Come celebrate the anniversary on September 6th from 12-8 at Lincoln-Sudbury High School. There will be food, games, vendors, music and of course fireworks to celebrate the big day. Join Sudbury at this family friendly event and help create memories of a historic anniversary for Sudbury.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Old Time Family Community Fair August 23 in Sudbury

Sudbury, Massachusetts is celebrating its 375th anniversary with a variety of special events. On August 23 from 10-4 they are sponsoring a fair in the town center with a wide range of family friendly activities for old and young alike.

There will be traditional exhibits and judging of food items grown and cooked, craft items (quilts), and flowers. Children will find animals to ride and pet. There will be music and square dancing. The town is preparing the time capsule and residents will have a chance to be a part of it. Of course, you will find food to purchase and the promise of a farmers market to bring more home. I am looking forward to the promised historical scavenger hunt.

I've marked this on my calendar and am looking forward to celebrating.