What to Do When Your Child Needs Academic Help

Best Tutoring Online

When your child is struggling academically in school, tutoring is one of the best options. And you'll want a referral for that tutor. Then you'll want to be sure they're qualified to instruct your child, safe (background check done,) AND good at building rapport and relationship with children. Well, I have a GREAT tutoring referral for you. A highly-qualified, good-with-kids … [Read more...]

Gifts for Kids: Children’s Books 2013

Book Gift Guide 2013

I've found the best books for kids to give as gifts this year. Books for all ages from 2 to 18! Here are my final picks, books that my kids and I have read and recommend. Enjoy!!    Best Books for Kids 2013 Board Books 1. Skip Hop Giraffe Safari Fold and Play Book for ages 12 months+. Fold and flip for fun. This unique origami-inspired toy is both a folding book and a … [Read more...]

3D Pop-Up Story Learning Apps

StoryToys Apps

If your kids are discerning learning app users like mine, they'll give a thumbs up to StoryToys interactive story books. Because there are a lot of story apps in the world but as your kids know, not all are created equal. So you've got to love the high-quality story apps from StoryToys. Learning Apps The expressive narrators draw you in to the narrative just as much as … [Read more...]

Be a Teacher for a Day

Teacher for a Day

Blue plastic-backed chairs wait on desks in the empty room. It won't be like this for long. I know that the parents and students I trailed to the building are arriving at the playground from the surrounding streets and soon at the classroom. I'm spending the day shadowing third year, second-career teacher, Mrs. Jennifer Nelson, in her second grade classroom at College View … [Read more...]

Thanksgiving Books for Kids

Best Thanksgiving Books for Kids

Thanksgiving books for kids share the early history of the United States, gratitude, and thankfulness. Do you know that thankfulness is a habit - something you  must practice and make a regular part of your day? For us, we practice thankfulness each night in our family prayers. For others, it's at a family meal. If you don't have a daily routine of practicing … [Read more...]

More Learning Apps for Kids

Literacy apps for kids

Ready for new learning apps for your kids? Here are six new learning apps that we're loving for writing, reading, and storytelling. Learning Apps for Kids Superhero HD $1.99 Ready to be amazed? This comic strip learning app is so stinking cool, I can hardly stand it! Because it's not just making a comic with scenes -- each of those scenes can become little movies. So, … [Read more...]

Newly Published Chapter Book Recommendations

newly published chapter books

Do your kids need new book book recommendations to keep them reading? That's why I review the newly published books so that you can get your kids reading with new books that will interest them. There are so many great books in this list but I especially love The Lost Kingdom and Salem Hyde. See what you think for your kids! Easy Chapter Books (grades 1 - 3) The Gumaing … [Read more...]

New Picture Books to Treasure

new picture books fall 2013 lg

As you know, I adore reading new picture books and sharing the best with you. Here are some new titles for your family to enjoy.   The Bear's Song by Benjamin Chaud We adore this oversized picture book for the fun follow-the-baby bear story and for the gorgeous and detailed illustrations. Little Bear wanders off and it's up to Papa Bear to find him. Can you find … [Read more...]