Engaging Puzzle and Activity Books for Kids

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Are you keeping up with summer learning so your kids don't experience the dreaded "summer slide"? Me, too. But, that's where puzzle and activity books come in. They'll keep your kids and mine learning and thinking this summer. ('Cause I need to get my act together! You?) Activity Books for Kids Ages 2 - 5 eyePad ABC/abc and eyePad 123 Ages 6 - … [Read more...]

Spiral Investigations in Nature, Books, Art, and Math


One of the coolest patterns in nature is the spiral, don't you think? Investigate spirals with your kids by observing in nature, books, art, and making your own. Spirals In Nature You can find spirals in a seashell a spider web flower petals cauliflower florets pine cones seeds of a sunflower  Spirals Are Fibonacci Numbers. Fibonacci numbers are the pattern … [Read more...]

Why I LOVE Singapore Math


As you know, I hate Everyday Math. I believe Singapore Math to be a far superior math curriculum. Singapore Math allows children to master concepts with visual, concrete support. (As opposed to a brief overview in Everyday Math.) I also love Singapore Math because my nine-year old, the one who hated math, now only sort-of-doesn't-like-it and readily admits that her math … [Read more...]

Everyday Math Makes Me Want to SCREAM


I don't normally loathe things. But I loathe Everyday Math for the hell it put my daughter through and the poor math foundation it gave her. Thank you so much. You Don't Know How to Subtract, Mom My breaking point came one Tuesday evening. My sobbing seven-year old daughter told me I didn't know how to subtract. To learn, I needed to read the four page Powerpoint … [Read more...]

Math Geeks, Are You Excited for Pi Day?


I'm not really a math geek, nor do I play one on t.v., but I'm excited for Pi Day! (Aren't you?) Pi Day is March 14 and it's also Albert Einstein's birthday. (Which I'm sure you already celebrate.) For some of us, it's been awhile since geometry so here's a quick refresher: Pi is 3.14159 . . . (See the connection to March 14th now?) Pi is the number you get when you … [Read more...]

PBS Kids Cat in the Hat-a-Thon


“The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!" is the PBSKids show based on Random House’s best selling Beginner Book collection, “The Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library.” The show fuses STEM skills – science, technology, engineering and math – with new, whimsical Seussian adventures. The kids, with the Cat as their guide, learn by observing, collecting and managing clues, making … [Read more...]

Paper Craft Engineering aka. Valentine’s Day Envelopes


guest post by Patty O’Brien Novak, children’s author, engineer, educational consultant/trainer and speaker. With Sesame Street’s recent change in focus to add more engineering to their programming (yeah!), I want to share an engineering activity you can do at home with your preschooler (and older children, too.)  Envelope engineering was inspired by my dear daughter, who at … [Read more...]

PBS Kids, STEM, Twitter, Video Games, and You!


You're invited to a PBS Kids STEM Twitter party 1/19 at 9 p.m. EST for which I'm a panelist. If you join us, you'll learn about an innovative opportunity for children to design their own video games through PBS Kids, PBS Kids Stream, and the National STEM Video Game Challenge. (*STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, & math.) A 2009 report from the Joan … [Read more...]

Most Popular Blog Posts of the Year


As we finish 2011, I thought I'd share the most popular posts of the year and chat with you about 2012. Like last year, January will be all about learning and education topics. And, last year was a dozy for me because of what I wrote in January. If you are new here, you can start with this seemingly innocent post which started an avalanche of uproar in my life, much of it I … [Read more...]

I Love the Word Pajaggle, and the Game, Too


It's so much fun to say the word, Pajaggle; about as much fun as it is to play the actual children's game! And, while you're having fun, you're learning because you're improving spacial skills and memory. (Good thing this is for all ages because God knows I need to work on my memory.) Pajaggle is a board with 61 differing shaped sockets; each socket matches a … [Read more...]