Cool New Kid InnoTab 3S Tablet with Texting and VM Capabilities #InnoTab3S

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Well, when SocialMoms and VTech paid me to learn more about the new V-Tech InnoTab 3S kid-friendly tablet, I was thrilled about it. I loved my kids could text me right from the tablet!! And send me voice messages. And cute artwork or stickers. If you're shopping for the holidays, read on to find out more about the VTech Kid Connect InnoTab 3S Tablet and where you can buy the … [Read more...]

Is Screen Time Killing Our Kids’ Brain Cells? (It Depends)

interview with Lesli Rotenberg

A new survey of parents released this month by PBS KIDS says more than half of kids will find a tech gift under the tree. Wow! And, most of these gifts will be tablets. (Edging out video game consoles.) Which made me think . . ., if all of us are buying technology for kids, is this a good or a bad thing for kids? And how do we know? I had the opportunity to talk … [Read more...]

New Picture Books for the Christmas Season

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Do you have a box of picture books for Christmas like we do? We love pulling it out and sharing stories during the month of December. I'm excited to share with you some new picture books that your whole family can enjoy! Picture Books for Christmas The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen, illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline You'll be drawn into this enchanting story … [Read more...]

5 Simple Ways to Play with Sounds in Words

5 Simple Ways to Play with Sounds in Words

Kids must play games with sounnds so they can hear the sounds in each word when they're learning to read and write. The ability to hear, blend, and break apart sounds in words is a huge building block included in the foundation of both reading and writing. To increase the awareness of these sounds, there a simple sound games kids can play. When creating sound games, we want … [Read more...]

What to Read or Not to Read, That is the Question

Should Parents Censor

written by Tara Lenga, Strategy Consultant at Exceptional Kids Note from Melissa: I asked Tara to write this after a fascinating Facebook conversation on the Imagination Soup page about censorship and what books young kids who are advanced readers should or should not be reading . . . Go here for that conversation. Books for YOUNG Advanced Readers As parents, we are … [Read more...]

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...]