How MaKey MaKey Empowers Inventive Thinking in Kids

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Lately my sweet 8-year old's been saying a lot of, "It's too hard" and "I can't do it." When homework gets tricky, she gets mad. She starts to cry. She wants to give up. (Sometimes my 11-year old does this, too.) (Sometimes I do, too.) It happens when our kids (or us) feel there's pressure to be perfect. Even if we don't emphasize this in our parenting, and I know I … [Read more...]

Celebrate the 100th Day of School

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Celebrate the 100th Day of School What better way to celebrate the 100th day of school than with activities all about the number 100? Below are fun ways the whole family can get together and commemorate the 100th day of learning this year! Count to 100 by 2’s, 5’s, and 10’s. String together 100 paper clips Make a paper chain with 100 links Make cookies with 100 … [Read more...]

Get Help with IEPs, LD, Bullying, and More

LD toolkits and ebooks

Do you know about the National Center for Learning Disabilities? It's a fantastic site -- with a ton of free materials that you can easily download and use today. Parent Toolkit: IEP Basics for Parents of Students with LD Parent Toolkit: Dyslexia Toolkit School Toolkit: The Truth About Bullying E-Book: IEP Meeting Planner E-Book: Executive Function Around the … [Read more...]

Read This If Your Child is Unhappy at School

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written by Natalie, mom and blogger at Afterschool for Smarty Pants I am very honored to be posting on Imagination Soup today, but I am going to talk about a difficult topic. When our children go to school, we all want them to be happy and motivated. We want them to love learning, make friends, and keep growing in their abilities. But what if things don’t go well at … [Read more...]

Cool New Kid InnoTab 3S Tablet with Texting and VM Capabilities #InnoTab3S

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Well, when SocialMoms and VTech paid me to learn more about the new V-Tech InnoTab 3S kid-friendly tablet, I was thrilled about it. I loved my kids could text me right from the tablet!! And send me voice messages. And cute artwork or stickers. If you're shopping for the holidays, read on to find out more about the VTech Kid Connect InnoTab 3S Tablet and where you can buy the … [Read more...]

Is Screen Time Killing Our Kids’ Brain Cells? (It Depends)

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A new survey of parents released this month by PBS KIDS says more than half of kids will find a tech gift under the tree. Wow! And, most of these gifts will be tablets. (Edging out video game consoles.) Which made me think . . ., if all of us are buying technology for kids, is this a good or a bad thing for kids? And how do we know? I had the opportunity to talk … [Read more...]

New (FREE) Max and Ruby Science App

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Do your preschoolers love Max and Ruby as much as we do? (Even though we're not preschoolers.) Then I know your kids will want the new (FREE / $2.99) iLearnWith Max and Ruby: Science app. In this app from iLearnWith, three to six-year olds will learn about water properties and force & motion while playing the engaging science games with their favorite bunny siblings. … [Read more...]