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...]

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...]