Summer Printable for Kids

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Download this amazing free summer printable for kids that will guide them in reading, writing, and math learning. (And prevent the summer slide & summer learning loss!) Summer Printable for Kids Stick the printables into a 3-ring binder or just staple the packet. (I like the binder because then I can add math worksheets and handwriting worksheets.) I added colorful … [Read more...]

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Candy Experiments

charlie and the chocolate factory experiments with candy

Put on your Willy Wonka top hat and try some scrumdiddlyumptious Charlie and the Chocolate Factory candy experiments. We did and it was epic fun! "Invention, my dear friends, is 93% perspiration, 6% electricity, 4% evaporation, and 2% butterscotch ripple." - Willy Wonka We found experiments and ideas in a fantastic little book called Candy Experiments by Loralee … [Read more...]

Online Encyclopedia for Kids

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I'm impressed with the new online encyclopedia for kids called DKfindout! It's FREE, safe, and extensive (though not all-encompassing on every topic.) The site is easy to navigate, shows gorgeous photographs just like in the DK books, and is easy-to-read for kids ages seven and up.  DKfindout!   DKfindout! contains age-appropriate information on topics such as science, … [Read more...]

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...]

Cooking Science: Eat Your Science Homework

Finished Science Hmwork Snack

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...]

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...]

What’s New from PBSKids’ Peg + Cat Show

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The PBSKids' Peg + Cat Show makes math learning fun and playful. Now you can do more than just watch it on PBSKids or videos, you also can play Peg + Cat apps. Peg + Cat Apps The Tree Problem App $2.99 Cat gets stuck in a tree in different six locations (Broadway, Arctic, Mathtropolis, a Farm, DinoValley, etc.). Kids are asked to use their visual-spatial and math … [Read more...]

Using Education Games in the Classroom

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We teachers love engaging children in learning. Education games are one way we can do this. Staples offers a wealth of educational games (among other things) that will provide opportunities in your classroom for enthusiastic and engaged kids. In fact, this post is sponsored by Staples. Using Education Games in the Classroom Here’s what you need to remember when using … [Read more...]

Tenzi the Ultimate Family Night Game

Tenzi the Ultimate Family Night Game

Tenzi is one of those games that works for almost all ages (except the ages 0 - 3) which is why it's one of our top recommendations (aka. ultimate) family night games. Have you played it yet? How to Play Tenzi Tenzi is a very simple dice game for 2 -4 players. It's fast pace and lots of fun. The object: Get all 10 of your dice to show the same number. (Yes, it can be any … [Read more...]

My Best List of Nonfiction Books Ever

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Nonfiction book reading is so important for kids -- and not just because Common Core says it is best. Kids need to be able to read for information as well as for story. Not only that, nonfiction builds essential background knowledge that help fiction comprehension. But most kids spend four minutes or less each day reading nonfiction. I think that's because they haven't found … [Read more...]