The BEST Java Programming Class Online for Kids

coding class for kids from Youth Digital

My 10-year old daughter loves Minecraft. Now she's learning how to program her own Minecraft server in Java thanks to Youth Digital's excellent Server Design Java Minecraft programming class online. I'm so so so blown away by how amazing this online class is, you guys!! And I'm not a newbie with this, either. I've taken online classes and taught online classes. Hands down, this … [Read more...]

16 New Chapter Books for Summer Reading 2015

chapter book recommendations for 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, 6th grade

It's mid-summer and I've already got another long list of good books for your kids to read. New! Hot of the presses! I love new books, as you can tell. :) So if you need new chapter book ideas for your summer reading, check out these reviews. Hopefully something will stand out to you that will interest your kids. Happy reading! 16 New Chapter Books for Summer Reading … [Read more...]

Prep for the Disney Movie with Descendants Books

Disney's Desendants Books

written by Annika Taylor Get ready for the Disney Channel's newest movie, The Descendants, by reading all the Descendants books first. The Descendants movie is coming out this summer, 2015, but the books are already here! Prep for the Disney Movie with Descendants Books Isle of the Lost Isle of the Lost is a prequel to the Disney movie, Descendants. It takes place … [Read more...]

WackIt Ball Backyard Game Review

backyard game

WackIt Ball is a new backyard game for one or two players. My kids think it's totally fun. I think it's loud (don't play it when the neighbors are still sleeping) and great for hand-eye coordination! WackIt Ball Backyard Game Review To play, thread a wiffle ball through the cable. You can attach the cable to poles, trees, fence posts, etc. We used a post on our back porch … [Read more...]

These Learning Card Games Will Make Kids Think

Super Genius Educational Card Games for Kids

Blue Orange just released a new learning card game series called Super Genius. The card games remind me of Spot It! but are harder and more educational. They'll make your kids THINK! And by think, I both reviewing known concepts and learning new ones. For us, it's review and practice of multiplication facts. (Those darn facts are tricky to remember!) But it could also be … [Read more...]

Happy Birthday, Cupcake! Review and Activities

Happy Birthday Cupcake review and activities

Happy Birthday, Cupcake! Review and Activities The latest picture book from Terry Border, creator of the photography site Bent Objects is HAPPY BIRTHDAY, CUPCAKE! and it's a mouth-watering adventure using everyday-object photography. (Also, don't miss his previous book, Peanut Butter & Cupcake!) Never Before Seen Photograph from Happy Birthday, Cupcake! Cupcake wants … [Read more...]

Positive Affirmations for Kids

affirmations for kids

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

mindfulness kids

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

free math website

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

new picture book reviews summer 2015

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...]