How to Improve Your Vocabulary

learning new vocabulary words

Show your child how to use a Dictionary app while reading - it makes learning those new words STICKY. In other words, it's a great way to improve your vocabulary. In our mother-daughter book club, we just finished Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo. Because the book had such amazing words, both Jemma and I started looking up words voraciously. Reading on the Kindle, both … [Read more...]

Free eBooks for Kids

free ebooks for kids

Both my kids now own Kindles so they can read digital books, or ebooks. But I'm not ready to break the bank buying them books. Which is why we use Overdrive to download their children's ebooks for FREE! All you need is a library card. And some patience. (Because this process is a few more steps than buying a book with one click on Amazon.) Also, if you don't own a Kindle, … [Read more...]

Remarkable LEGO Fusion Building and Tech Toy

Lego Fusion

Combining the best of building and technology, the LEGO Fusion Town Master Kit became our new favorite LEGO toy. Both my kids loved creating their town and even better, both could use one kit. The kit gave them opportunities to be creative, inventive, and play for hours. What's not to love!?       The kit includes 256 LEGO pieces. You don't need many bricks because all … [Read more...]

Minecraft Books

minecraft books for kids

Believe it or not, games like Minecraft motivate kids to read. To learn to play the game, they're reading Minecraft forums and books. And, there are new fiction books about Minecraft adventures that kids are reading as well. In a recent WIRED article, Clive Thompson explains, "Minecraft is surrounded by a culture of literacy. The game comes with minimal instructions or … [Read more...]

Quandary Game for Developing Thinking Skills #quandarygame

Quandary Game Story

Players aged eight and up shape the future of a new society in a FREE award-winning video game called Quandary. Quandary helps kids recognize ethical issues and deal with challenging situations in their own lives. Video games often get a bad rap, but this online and tablet game is one you can endorse for how it builds kids' solid critical thinking, perspective-taking and … [Read more...]

50 Free Educational Apps for Kids

Happy cute boy using tablet computer, indoor shoots

Believe it or not, there are TONS of free educational apps for kids. Yup - FREE! And all of these apps for kids are guilt-free because kids will be learning! And, like I mentioned, they're free. (We love that.) Here ya go  . . . Free Educational iPad Apps Sushi Scramble  OUR FAVORITE GAME!!! Develops language skills through a multiplayer word-building game … [Read more...]

Sparky Fire Safety App

Sparky The Case of the Missing Smoke Alarms Story

Fire Prevention Week is October 5 - 11, 2014 and there's an app for that. (Of course!) I *think*  that I've told my kids what to do when there's a fire. Maybe when they were younger. Better get on that, huh! Here's the scoop, friends. We have to talk about fire safety every year. And, we have to make sure our homes are safe by having up-to-date fire alarms. I have two easy … [Read more...]

23 Best Multiplication Apps for Kids

multiplication apps

Apps make multiplication learning and practice fun for kids. There's just something about technology that is so enticing! I've found 23 multiplication apps your kids can use to practice their times tables. Some are better than others so I've made sure to indicate which I highly recommend. Lumio Farm Factor FREE I like how this shows the multiplication -- that it's … [Read more...]