Positive Affirmations for Kids

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Let's build on mindfulness by showing kids how positive affirmations can help improve their lives. First, help your kids be aware (mindful) of their self-talk. I didn't figure this out for myself until my thirties (in therapy) so I want my kids to start with this as a core foundation. I shared previously that we've started with mindfulness training using the MindUp … [Read more...]

Teaching Mindfulness to Kids

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I believe in the power of mindfulness and that's why I'm teaching mindfulness to my kids. What Is Mindfulness? Mindfulness is being aware of what's going on in the present moment. For kids, it helps focus attention, improve self-regulation (impulsivity and decision making,) build resiliency to stress and develop a positive mindset. "With mindfulness, we can preserve our … [Read more...]

UMIGO Free Math Website

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UMiGO, short for "You Make It Go," is a free math website for first and second graders, kids ages 6 and 7. It's an inventive combination of video stories with games embedded within the narrative. UMiGO calls this "appisodes." The website provides lessons and practice in problem solving and early math skills such as: measurement, addition, skip counting, 2D shapes,and greater … [Read more...]

Wild Picture Books Summer 2015

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So many new picture books, so little time . . . Here are the newly published books I'm recommending this summer, 2015. P.S. These aren't just for your littlest readers, they're great for older readers as well. Remember how much your kids enjoy reading with you. They need to hear the vocabulary, see the illustrations, visualize the story, and enjoy these stories. And, if your … [Read more...]

Compose Yourself: a Music Composition Game for Kids

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Compose Yourself from Think Fun is a music composition card game for kids -- in the key of C. (This is the easiest key for beginners because there are no flats or sharps.) Kids arrange and rearrange the 60 cards and then input each card into the Compose Yourself website. They'll be able to hear their composition in seconds -- it's so easy and lots of fun! Compose Yourself … [Read more...]

4 Surprising Coloring Book Activities for Kids

coloring activities for kids

You're going to love these four coloring book activities for kids (and you) to do at home. Get in quality time with your child, entertain a sick kid, display your work, and create your own inspiration! 1. Mom and Me Coloring Time My daughters and I love coloring. Sometimes we just want to spend time together. Coloring is one of the best activities because it's easy even if … [Read more...]

Fun, Active Summer Activities for Kids

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School is out for the summer! With the warm weather here, families are looking for ways to keep kids entertained and active during the summer. That means you'll need ideas for fun active summer activities for kids Toys“R”Us, Hasbro and Duracell are teaming up to show you the excitement, energy, and attitude of the Nerf brand, available at Toys“R”Us, and help you find out why … [Read more...]

Review of Osmo Gaming System for iPad

Review of Osmo

Of all the Osmo Gaming System game apps, we loved Words best of all. (Go figure. I'm a writer, what can I say.) Osmo sees something physically on your table and instantaneously recognizes it on the screen. Choose from four apps about math, words, drawing, and invention. It's amazingly innovative and like that it provides the interactive experience parents want … [Read more...]

Impressive Beginning Reader App

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Beginning Reader App for Kids I'm so impressed with Tiggly's new interactive beginning reader app for kids, Tiggly Tales! You combine actual physical letters called Tiggly Words with one of the apps, either Tiggly Tales, Tiggly Doctor, or Tiggly Submarine and children ages 4 - 8 can construct words and solve problems. The Tiggly Words set consists of the five vowels: a, e, … [Read more...]