Easter Activities with The Artful Parent

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Jean Van't Hul's second book, The Artful Year: Celebrating the Seasons and Holidays with Crafts and Recipes--Over 175 Family- Friendly Activities, arrived in my mailbox a few weeks ago. It's an amazing resource with art activities, crafts, recipes, and more to help make each season special. We decided to give some of the Easter activities a go. Easter Activities with The … [Read more...]

New, Fascinating Fairy Tale Picture Books

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We love fairy tale picture books with their life lessons, heroes, heroines, magic, and unusual creatures. It's interesting to watch as fairy tales adapt and change like the story below of Goldy Luck instead of Goldilocks. But equally as fascinating is the original versions retold to new audiences as with The Snow Queen and Little Red Cap. Finally, there are authors who invent … [Read more...]

Free YouTube App for Kids

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I'm thrilled with Google's release of a free YouTube Kids app, it's been too long in coming quite frankly. This app will finally make YouTube watching safer for kids since the channels are pre-screened and kid-friendly. So far I'm impressed with the functionality as well as the selection of YouTube channels and parental controls. (And so grateful there are no … [Read more...]

New Picture Books About Books, Stories, and the Alphabet

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Recently I read several amazing picture books about books, stories, and the alphabet -- which seemed to all fit together. I figured these books were something you might just love for your own kids or your classroom. Here we go, . . . books about books. Picture Books About Books Once Upon an Alphabet Short Stories for All the Letters by Oliver Jeffers My kids and I ADORE … [Read more...]

David Wiesner’s New Wonderlandish App Spot

David Wiesner's New App Spot

Three time Caldecott medalist David Wiesner's newest creation, an app called Spot, is an app for kids unlike any other. It's neither a book nor a game but something more Wonderlandish -- it's a fanciful narrative full of creative possibilities. Discover worlds with worlds -- dive into the spot on a cookie and discover ants at a picnic, zoom into a cursive letter and find … [Read more...]

Picture Book Nonfiction Biographies that Read Like Narrative Stories

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Biographies should be compelling stories that hook the reader immediately. This list of nonfiction picture book biographies do exactly that -- they tell a story that makes it seem like you're reading a fiction book. Which kids generally prefer over a book of facts, dates, and dry informative text. Quite frankly I prefer it, too. Picture Book Nonfiction Biographies The … [Read more...]

Writing Inspiration: How to Get Ideas for a Story

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The picture book, Any Questions by Marie-Louise Gay, is the author's answer to children about the writer's journey -- how to get ideas for a story. It's an interactive experience because you get to write part of a story, too and is beautifully illustrated with water color and ink. Gay writes that children often ask her where does a story start. That's a good question, she … [Read more...]

Best Geometry Apps for Kids

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Preschoolers and elementary age kids can all benefit from learning shapes and geometry at their age appropriate level with these geometry apps. I've organized them by younger ages to older so if you have older kids, scroll down about half way. Geometry Apps for Kids All About Shapes FREE with in app purchases (ages 2 - 4) Kids will see shapes in every day objects in this … [Read more...]

What’s New from PBSKids’ Peg + Cat Show

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The PBSKids' Peg + Cat Show makes math learning fun and playful. Now you can do more than just watch it on PBSKids or videos, you also can play Peg + Cat apps. Peg + Cat Apps The Tree Problem App $2.99 Cat gets stuck in a tree in different six locations (Broadway, Arctic, Mathtropolis, a Farm, DinoValley, etc.). Kids are asked to use their visual-spatial and math … [Read more...]

Inspiration for Innovative Educators

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I'm excited to share about an innovative education conference here in Denver, CO that will help teachers and administrators (you?) get their mojo back. It's a conference that will renew your energy and give you inspiration, even if you have to take it back to a constraining environment. It's 5 Sigma Edu Conference. You'll learn, talk, and apply. You'll be treated … [Read more...]