STEAM YouTube Channels for Elementary Kids

STEM STEAM YouTube Learning Channels for Kids

A homeschool reader wrote to ask me my recommendations for educational YouTube channels. Which is a really fantastic question -- and deserves a few blog posts, don't you think? Let's start with the best  S.T.E.A.M. (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) YouTube channels. You know that it's hard to sift through the massive amount of channels, and find what's best … [Read more...]

Hottest Toy of the Season: Playmation! Avengers

Playmation! Avengers Review

Playmation! Avengers Starter Pack is a totally unique, awesomely fun wearable hybrid toy -- a video game/live-action combination from Disney. It'll be the hottest toy of the upcoming 2015 holiday season. Check out the Toys“R”Us ad or in-store special for exciting offers on Duracell batteries. And if you ask my kids, Playmation! Avengers is super fun to play because you are … [Read more...]

Celebrate Big Imaginations in Picture Books!

picture books that celebrate a child's imagination

Books in themselves encourage our imaginations, don't they!? Today let's celebrate big imaginations and wild musings with beautiful new picture books. This list of picture books celebrates dreamers and possibilitarians. I hope they inspire you and your children! Of course there are many more books that the ones listed below. These are the most recently published. Do you have … [Read more...]

A Menagerie of Picture Books

picture books with animal characters

Bears, cats, penguins, and mice dominate this menagerie of picture books. All these newly published books feature an abundance of enchanting animal characters and lively stores. Enjoy!  A Menagerie of Picture Books The Princess and the Pony by Kate Beaton We loved this hilarious story of a warrior princess whose parents get her a kazillion cute sweaters -- which warriors … [Read more...]

Thrilling New Adventure and Mystery Books

best adventure and mystery books for kids

Get ready for the best new adventure and mystery books for kids because Find more than enough recommendations to keep your kids reading for months. (These are mostly all middle grade chapter books with three YA books that I snuck in at the end.) As always, happy reading! Thrilling Adventure and Mystery Chapter Books The Unlikely Adventures of Mabel Jones by Will Mabbitt … [Read more...]

What Is Sensory Processing Disorder? Sensory Processing 101

sensory processing book for parents

What is sensory processing disorder? It took months of occupational therapy with Children's Hospital Colorado and a ton of research on my own to understand my daughter's sensory processing disorder. But now days, there is SO MUCH more to help parents with SPD. In fact, there's a new book called Sensory Processing 101 about sensory processing by Dayna Abraham, Claire Heffron, … [Read more...]

New Monster and Halloween Books Fall 2015

Halloween and monster books for kids

Celebrate Halloween by reading good monster and Halloween books with your children. New Monster and Halloween Books Spookie Pookie by Sandra Boynton Don't you just love Sandra Boynton board books? My kids ADORED her writing and illustrations when they were littler. This cute Halloween book shows how Pookie makes a decision about what to wear as a Halloween costume. You'll … [Read more...]

The Best Educational Games for Kids: Logic and Strategy

good strategy games and logic games for kids

Do you play games with your kids? As you know, we spend many evenings playing games. (I admit to like this better than pretend play dolls or Playmobils.) If you're considering adding to your game collection, here are our recommended educational games for kids that use logic and strategy. The Best Educational Games for Kids: Logic and Strategy Spot it!  ages 6+ This is our … [Read more...]

Remarkable Graphic Novels for Kids, Fall 2015

recommended graphic novels for kids

Who doesn't love graphic novels? Especially kids. And your elementary-age kids are going to devour this batch of remarkable, well-done newly-published graphic novels. Just see for yourself. Graphic Novels for Kids Gryphons Aren't So Great by James Sturm, Andrew Arnold, and Alexis Frederick-Frost ages 3+ Prepare to laugh at this silly friendship story. The knight's … [Read more...]

New Patricia Polacco Book! Miss Keller and the Thesaurus

Patricia Polacco book about her writing teacher

If you've been a fan of Patricia Polacco like me, you'll know that she loves to share the stories of marvelous teachers, many of which were her own growing up. Her newest book, An A from Miss Keller, is a story about the teacher who transformed Patricia into a writer. It's a beautiful, bittersweet story that you can use at home and in the classroom to teach about friendship … [Read more...]