STEM Summer Camps and Classes

STEM Summer Camps and Classes

Avoiding the summer learning loss can be challenging but Sylvan Learning's Sylvan Edge is excited to announce a solution! They're offering new STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) summer camps and classes. To register or get more information, go here.   STEM Summer Camps and Classes Robotics for Kids Camp and Class (Grades 2 - 6) Build and animate … [Read more...]

Summer Picture Book Reading List for Pre-Readers

summer picture book list

A reader asked me to make a summer reading list of picture books for pre-readers that included good variety, from lesser known authors, were well-written and highly recommended. I loved the challenge. I hope you and your kids like the list! :) (Scroll down to see all three categories of picture books.) Summer Picture Book Reading List for Pre-Readers The Book with No … [Read more...]

Color Psychology: How to Use Color in Learning #colorize

use of color in learning

Color.  Marketing departments spend millions of dollars on it. Because people see color before anything else. Color triggers physical, emotional, and cognitive effects. In consumers. And in students. So if color affects learning (and it does) let me share how you can use color to benefit a child's memory, performance, and concentration. How to Use Color … [Read more...]

NEW Spring Picture Books 2015

earth day picture books

Isn't spring the best? I love helping my kids notice all that is magical about it! Here are my favorite newly published spring (and Earth Day-ish) picture books. NEW Spring Picture Books 2015 A White Butterfly by Laurie Cohen, Barbara Ortelli "Sometimes butterflies are . . . " begins this simple board book. It shows us amazingly illustrated butterflies that are "pink like … [Read more...]

LEGO Americana Roadshow

LEGO Americana Roadshow

See large scale models of U.S. national landmarks made of LEGOs at the LEGO Americana Roadshow, now in Colorado. It's impressive! The iconic buildings and architectural structures of the United States included: the U.S. Capitol Building, White House, Supreme Court, Washington Monument, Jefferson Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Statue of Liberty, Independence Hall, Liberty Bell … [Read more...]

10 Art Activity Books for Kids

Usborne art books

Have you heard about the new fad sweeping the nation? It's called coloring therapy. Ok, it's not really called that. I made it up, but it IS true that more adults are taking to art activities as a way to de-stress. If it helps adults unwind, then it's definitely good for kids too. Here are 10 art activity books you and your children will love! This post contains an AWESOME … [Read more...]

16 Heart-Warming Picture Books, Winter 2015

heart-warming picture books

Are you looking for a sweet, heart-warming picture book story to read to your children? These are sure to do the trick! Heart-Warming Picture Books   Orion and the Dark by Emma Yarlett "Mom, this is such a good book," my 10-year old shared, handing it to me. Sure enough, she was right for the sweet friendship with the formerly scary DARK and the captivating collage-like … [Read more...]

Story Stones for Your Garden Classroom

garden story stones

The Garden Classroom: Hands-On Activities in Math, Science, Literacy & Art offers children ages four to eight creative garden activities in play & imagination, reading & writing, science & math, arts & crafts, and recipes. The ideas are age-appropriate, fun, and informative including the one we created, story stones. It's written by Cathy James, the U.K. … [Read more...]

The Best of Roald Dahl on Etsy

Roald Dahl - the best of etsy

I love Etsy. And I love Roald Dahl. So I wanted to share both with you -- my favorite Roald Dahl items on Etsy. Because just like Dahl's imaginative stories, these items are clever, unique, and wonderful. So here is my round-up of the best of Roald Dahl on Etsy . . . Charlie and the Chocolate Factory on Etsy 200 piece puzzle of Quentin Blake illustrated montage of … [Read more...]

Encourage Play Building Social Skills Kits

monthly playdate kits

It was one of those days. I anguished over social issues with one of my kids. It felt like nothing was improving. But then, a most amazing thing happened. Janine Halloran, blogger at Encourage Play and licensed mental health counselor, reached out to me based on a comment I made on a group thread in FB. I didn't even know her at the time, but her words of encouragement … [Read more...]