Read This If Your Child is Unhappy at School

School Choice

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)

interview with Lesli Rotenberg

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

Max and Ruby Science

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...]

Gift Guide for Kids: Math and Science Learning Toys

science and math gifts

Every year I look for the best toys with educational value for both my kids and yours. I've found some fantastic math and science gift ideas for all ages -- I think your kids will find these learning gifts tons of fun. Math and Science Gifts for Kids 1. Plan Toys Fraction Fun for ages 3-6. Match up the colorful blocks to make shapes. 2. Mental Blox Critical Thinking … [Read more...]

Best Building Toys for Kids

building gifts for kids

Building and Engineering Gifts for Kids Building gifts for kids are so essential for hand-eye coordination, spacial reasoning, and creative problem solving. 1. Plus-Plus 300-Piece Basic Assortment for ages 3-15. Plus-Plus is one simple shape with endless possibilities - build them flat to create a 2-D mosaic or work in 3-D to make more complicated structures. Such a fun … [Read more...]

What to Do When Your Child Needs Academic Help

Best Tutoring Online

When your child is struggling academically in school, tutoring is one of the best options. And you'll want a referral for that tutor. Then you'll want to be sure they're qualified to instruct your child, safe (background check done,) AND good at building rapport and relationship with children. Well, I have a GREAT tutoring referral for you. A highly-qualified, good-with-kids … [Read more...]

Be a Teacher for a Day

Teacher for a Day

Blue plastic-backed chairs wait on desks in the empty room. It won't be like this for long. I know that the parents and students I trailed to the building are arriving at the playground from the surrounding streets and soon at the classroom. I'm spending the day shadowing third year, second-career teacher, Mrs. Jennifer Nelson, in her second grade classroom at College View … [Read more...]

New STEM Apps for Kids

STEM apps for kids

Here are new science, technology, engineering and math apps for kids that will give them practice while having fun. STEM Apps (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Move the Turtle $2.99 The goal of this programming app is to learn how to program commands to move your turtle so where ever he starts, he'll get the diamond. The task lessons start you off from the very … [Read more...]

Squeebles Apps Make Homework Easier (and Fun)


I can't wait to tell you about two apps we are loving that make homework time waaay more fun: Squeebles Times Tables 2 app and Squeebles Spelling app from Key Stage Fun. Squeebles Spelling App Spelling lists that come home on Mondays need to be studied, right? The Squeebles Spelling app ($1.99) is perfect for studying those words. Parents enter the weekly spelling words … [Read more...]