Animals Writing Prompt Activity for Kids

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by Dori Butler, author of The Buddy Files. One of the best things about being an author of children’s books is I get to travel all around the country and visit schools and libraries and talk about writing. No matter where I go, there’s one question that someone almost always asks: what’s your favorite book that you wrote? It used to be I would say, “That’s like asking me to … [Read more...]

Family Dinner Activity – Feelings Bowl

Kimochi Feelings Emotional Intelligence

by Susan Schroeder, mother and Kimochis expert. So many of us moms work outside of the home and try hard NOT to bring our work home with us. All parents (working outside the home or not!) crave sacred, uninterrupted, quality time with our children. We want to make sure we stay connected to our kids and make sure they know that we are available for them, even when we have to … [Read more...]

Boogie Monster Dance Kit Giveaway!


Remember Josie Bissett from Melrose Place? Now she's a mother and a picture book author as well as an actress. Her newest book, Boogie Monster Dance Kit, is awesome because it's not just a picture book meant to get kids up and moving around, it's more! It's . . . A picture book, Boogie Monster A pair of Boogie Legs Leggings 1 Boogie Monster Boogie Music CD by Recess … [Read more...]

Recommended Educational Apps


Since I last posted on educational apps, the selection of quality children's eBooks for the iPad has grown bigger and better - which is a good thing, don't you think? Here are my recommendations for Fall 2011 of educational apps and books for the iPad. (And, a giveaway, too.) Educational Apps Aquaduct From easy to very challenging, this is an addictive educationl puzzle app … [Read more...]

More From Dr. Steve Perry and Book Giveaway


I read educational advocacy book, Push Has Come to Shove by Dr. Steve Perry, knowing I'd be speaking to him on the phone, asking my burning questions. His publicist warned me I'd only get 15 minutes. Could I talk, listen, and type that fast? Once I got on the phone with Dr. Perry, the time flew - and he gave me 45 minutes! I wanted to share the majority of our … [Read more...]

A Sorting Pie Math Game for Kids


After delving into comics for a week, I want to jump back into something different -- a cool education toy that I've just discovered. It's the Super Sorting Pie, a learning-based toy, which inspires creative play and learning. My kids loved, loved, loved it. You can play a sorting game -- sort by colors or sort by types of fruit -- a great activity for kids, especially … [Read more...]

What Would Your Superpower Be?


by children's author, librarian, and mother, Jacqueline Jules. My youngest child felt certain that his latest pair of shoes would give him the power to run faster than he ever had before. My own boys used to race around shoe stores, testing new sneakers for speed. In my fifteen years as an elementary school librarian, I admired countless pairs of shiny new sneakers pointed out … [Read more...]

10 Things You Must Know for an IEP Meeting


written by Doug Goldberg of Special Education Advisor. It's Back-to-School and time for your IEP meetings. Here are the top ten tips to remember for your IEP Meetings: 10.  Organize, Organize, and Organize; Make sure you have all IEP’s, assessments and medical diagnoses together in one three ring binder.  This way you can refer back to them during the IEP … [Read more...]