Wild Picture Books Summer 2015

new picture book reviews summer 2015

So many new picture books, so little time . . . Here are the newly published books I'm recommending this summer, 2015. P.S. These aren't just for your littlest readers, they're great for older readers as well. Remember how much your kids enjoy reading with you. They need to hear the vocabulary, see the illustrations, visualize the story, and enjoy these stories. And, if your … [Read more...]

4 Surprising Coloring Book Activities for Kids

coloring activities for kids

You're going to love these four coloring book activities for kids (and you) to do at home. Get in quality time with your child, entertain a sick kid, display your work, and create your own inspiration! 1. Mom and Me Coloring Time My daughters and I love coloring. Sometimes we just want to spend time together. Coloring is one of the best activities because it's easy even if … [Read more...]

Fun, Active Summer Activities for Kids

keep kids active over summer

School is out for the summer! With the warm weather here, families are looking for ways to keep kids entertained and active during the summer. That means you'll need ideas for fun active summer activities for kids Toys“R”Us, Hasbro and Duracell are teaming up to show you the excitement, energy, and attitude of the Nerf brand, available at Toys“R”Us, and help you find out why … [Read more...]

Review of Osmo Gaming System for iPad

Review of Osmo

Of all the Osmo Gaming System game apps, we loved Words best of all. (Go figure. I'm a writer, what can I say.) Osmo sees something physically on your table and instantaneously recognizes it on the screen. Choose from four apps about math, words, drawing, and invention. It's amazingly innovative and like that it provides the interactive experience parents want … [Read more...]

Impressive Beginning Reader App

tiggly letters

Beginning Reader App for Kids I'm so impressed with Tiggly's new interactive beginning reader app for kids, Tiggly Tales! You combine actual physical letters called Tiggly Words with one of the apps, either Tiggly Tales, Tiggly Doctor, or Tiggly Submarine and children ages 4 - 8 can construct words and solve problems. The Tiggly Words set consists of the five vowels: a, e, … [Read more...]

Spring 2015 Learning Apps for Kids

learning apps

Learning apps for kids are a solid choice for summer learning options. Researchers say that the best educational apps are: ACTIVE ENGAGING --not overly distracting MEANINGFUL to a child's life SOCIAL to include parents and peers Do you agree? Here's a list of new apps your kids might enjoy this summer . . . Spring 2015 Learning Apps for Kids The Counting … [Read more...]

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...]