My Backpack Free Learning App for 4 – 7 year olds

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Waterford Early Learning doesn't just make computer-based curriculum, now they have a free bilingual iPad learning app for kids ages four to seven called My Backpack. It amazes me how much is packed into this app -- all for free. There are story books, learning songs, math games, and nursery rhymes which are in English and in Spanish. From a user perspective, the app has … [Read more...]

Easter Activities with The Artful Parent

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Jean Van't Hul's second book, The Artful Year: Celebrating the Seasons and Holidays with Crafts and Recipes--Over 175 Family- Friendly Activities, arrived in my mailbox a few weeks ago. It's an amazing resource with art activities, crafts, recipes, and more to help make each season special. We decided to give some of the Easter activities a go. Easter Activities with The … [Read more...]

New, Fascinating Fairy Tale Picture Books

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We love fairy tale picture books with their life lessons, heroes, heroines, magic, and unusual creatures. It's interesting to watch as fairy tales adapt and change like the story below of Goldy Luck instead of Goldilocks. But equally as fascinating is the original versions retold to new audiences as with The Snow Queen and Little Red Cap. Finally, there are authors who invent … [Read more...]

10 Engaging Beginning Chapter Books

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Introducing ten new beginning chapter books for your growing readers with fun, adventure, hilarity, and curiosity . . . perfect for kids needing a good book to read and adore. Beginning Chapter Books   Oliver and the Seawigs by Philip Reeve, illustrated by Sarah McIntyre I thoroughly enjoyed this imaginative beginning chapter book. Oliver must rescue his explorer parents … [Read more...]

Cooking Science: Eat Your Science Homework

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Eat Your Science Homework: Recipes for Inquiring Minds by Ann McCallum, illustrated by Leeza Hernandez shows kids how cooking is chemistry! Although some might say that my cooking and refrigerator are often accidental science experiments. Eat Your Science Homework We tried Invisible Ink Snack Pockets with my own gluten-free recipe substitution -- which turned out to be … [Read more...]

New Picture Books About Books, Stories, and the Alphabet

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Recently I read several amazing picture books about books, stories, and the alphabet -- which seemed to all fit together. I figured these books were something you might just love for your own kids or your classroom. Here we go, . . . books about books. Picture Books About Books Once Upon an Alphabet Short Stories for All the Letters by Oliver Jeffers My kids and I ADORE … [Read more...]

Picture Book Nonfiction Biographies that Read Like Narrative Stories

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Biographies should be compelling stories that hook the reader immediately. This list of nonfiction picture book biographies do exactly that -- they tell a story that makes it seem like you're reading a fiction book. Which kids generally prefer over a book of facts, dates, and dry informative text. Quite frankly I prefer it, too. Picture Book Nonfiction Biographies The … [Read more...]

Writing Inspiration: How to Get Ideas for a Story

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The picture book, Any Questions by Marie-Louise Gay, is the author's answer to children about the writer's journey -- how to get ideas for a story. It's an interactive experience because you get to write part of a story, too and is beautifully illustrated with water color and ink. Gay writes that children often ask her where does a story start. That's a good question, she … [Read more...]