21
Jul

By Golly! It’s Brainy Book Week

Welcome to week two of Summer Brain Gain. Continue your summer reading adventure with our best Brainy Books, a collection of our favorite nonfiction, math, and biographies.

You can quickly find our summer picks while exploring the FarFaria HOME screen. Or just look for the Summer Brain Gain badge on the cover of your favorite stories.

Early Explorer

It’s never too early to start telling time. Early readers grades K to 2 will have fun interacting with I Can Tell Time.

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Reading Ranger

Amelia Earhart will not only inspire older readers (grades 2 to 4) to dream big, but it will also teach them the history of a great American hero.

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See all the books on our Brainy Book reading list and learn more about Summer Brain Gain here.

17
Jul

Brainy Book Reading List

Our Brainy Book summer reading list is a collection of our favorite math, science, and history books. Read them with your kids this summer and start making Brain Gains!

Reading Rangers (Grade 2-4)

  1. Amelia Earhart Celebrate the life of the great American hero Amelia Earhart.
  2. Jesse Owens: Never Give Up
  3. Betsy Ross
  4. Einstein’s Compass
  5. Know it Alls: MummiesOur newest high interest nonfiction book from TwinSisters is perfect for keeping kids reading over vacation. 
  6. Rocks
  7. Pluto the Lonely Dwarf Planet - Kids learn amazing facts about our universe with this exciting narrative that’s out this world.
  8. Zad and Bob Discover Earth
  9. Seahorses
  10. Amphibians

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Early Explorers (Grades K-2)

  1. Mouse Math: A Beach for AlbertFarFaria’s Mouse Math series from Kane Press keeps young minds active over the break.
  2. I Can Tell Time
  3. Hamsters Holding Hands
  4. Find it! Shapes
  5. Animals Antics: Corky Cub’s Crazy Caps - New this summer! This whimsical new series teaches young readers letter sounds.
  6. Who is in My Family
  7. Into Outer SpaceTake a trip to outer space with real astronauts in this nonfiction photo book.
  8. Bats
  9. Cheetahs
  10. Rescue Ready

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14
Jul

Summer Brain Gain: Just for Fun Fiction Week!

FarFaria is super excited to kickoff  Summer Brain Gain. Today we launch our two-week campaign featuring Just for Fun Fiction Week. Look for the “Just for Fun” badge on any of our books or visit the in-app home page to find the full reading list.

Early Explorer: Children grades K to 2 will enjoy stories about kindness, princesses and more. Start your Brain Gain journey with one of our favorites Otis and Mango - a story of best friends who love to explore the outdoors.

Reading Ranger: Older kids, grades 2 to 4 will love Zombie Elementary: Brains for Lunch. The fourth book in our popular series, this story highlights what it is like to be the new ghoul at school.

Want to see all the books on our Just for Fun reading list? Learn more about Summer Brain Gain here.

13
Jul

Vive la France!

Tomorrow in France, our friends across the pond celebrate their national independence day. Every year on the 14th of July, the French commemorate the beginning of the French Revolution and the storming of the Bastille. In Paris this holiday known as Bastille Day opens with an elaborate military parade that marches across the city. The day ends with an incredible display of fireworks, music and lights at the Eifel Tower. It is really quite a spectacular experience.


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Want to celebrate Bastille Day in your house? 


Bonjour Breakfast

Start your morning with a traditional French crepe – tell the kids that “crepe” is just a fancy French word for pancake and they’ll gobble it up! Try this easy Epicurious recipe. Make it  even yummier by adding fresh fruit. 


Read a French Classic 

Tomorrow FarFaria publishes The Hunchback of Notre Dame. It’s not only a great classic tale, but also a great human story. 


Transport to Paris

In years past you have been able to live stream the magnificent Eifel Tower fireworks. Rumor has it that this year you can enjoy the 2014 show live on the Que Faire A Paris? website. Just tune in at 11PM Paris time and brace yourself for 35 minutes of awesomeness!


Happy Bastille Day everyone! 

10
Jul

FarFaria’s Summer Brain Gain Kicks Off Monday

Is “Brain Drain” turning your child’s mind to mush? Will the “Summer Slide” destroy your Kindergartener’s chances for an Ivy League education? FarFaria says: Stop the Madness! Let’s stop scaring parents and start helping kids.

FarFaria’s two-week Summer Brain Gain keeps kids reading during the peak of summer vacation with a great collection of 40 books for readers at all levels. Each week our in-app home page will feature a different great set of books for Early Explorers (prefect for grades K-2) and Reading Rangers (just right for grades 2 to 4).

July 14th: Just for Fun Fiction
During the week of July 14th readers can discover our top fiction stories for summer, including the release of the latest book in the Monster Club series “The Sandman Sleepover.”

July 21st: Brainy Books
Read our best Brainy Books, a collection of our favorite nonfiction, math, and biographies.

You’ll also be able to quickly find our summer picks while exploring FarFaria. Just look for the Summer Brain Gain badge on the cover of your favorite stories.

So say “goodbye” to Brain Drain and let the Gains begin!

9
Jul

Just for Fun Fiction Reading List

7
Jul

Forgiveness: An Addendum to the Golden Rule

As kids, we were all taught the Golden Rule: “Do onto others as you would have them do onto you.” The concept is simple: if I am nice to others they will be nice to me. As adults we now know that life isn’t always fair and people are not always kind. 

So what happens when the golden rule is broken and your child gets hurt? What do you teach when when you accidentally disintegrate your child’s favorite toy in the washer, or a friend calls your child a bad name? Forgiveness. 

It is teaching your child to forgive and ask for forgiveness that will make him or her a healthier human. In fact, some suggest that teaching forgiveness at a young age will help reduce anxiety and depression in adulthood. 

So how do we teach our children to forgive? 

Find a Silver Lining
Every hurt can become a learning experience. Reframe a negative act with a positive outcome.  For example: That really hurt when Jack called you a poo poo head. Mean names can make us feel sad. Let’s remember to not call people mean names.

Don’t Expect an Apology
In a perfect world everyone would apologize when they hurt someone. But sometimes an apology never comes. In those instances it is best for your child to learn to find closure from within. 

Forgive but don’t Forget
It is important to let go of negative feelings, but understanding what lead to these negative feelings is just as important. Helping children understand why others hurt us can help protect them from future harm.For example: Maybe Jack called you a poo poo head because he was angry that he couldn’t join in the four square game.

Hurt and forgiveness are opportunities for a child to grow and learn emotionally. Finding forgiveness isn’t always easy, but it certainly doesn’t get any easier with age. So perhaps the Golden Rule should have an addendum added to it: “Do onto others as you would have them do onto you. And when all else fails, forgive!”

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2
Jul

Your 4th of July Reading Guide

The 4th of July aka Independence Day isn’t just a great opportunity to discover new barbeque recipes, connect with family and friends, and wave an American flag. It is also a great excuse to squeeze some nonfiction reading into your child’s reading routine.

This week in FarFaria you can find some great nonfiction stories featured in American Classics.

For Beginning Readers, check out “America,” a photo book featuring American landmarks and symbolic images.

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A Story for Young Patriots: Read “Paul Revere: Patriot” a history about Paul Revere and his influence in the Revolutionary War.

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AVAILABLE FRIDAY - The Quintessential American Folktale: Discover the story of “Betsy Ross" and how her vision inspired the American flag that we prize still today.

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Happy Reading and Happy 4th FarFarians!