Back to School Kids Learning Apps

Back to School Learning Apps for Kids

For practicing math facts or fun science experiments here's my new list of recommended learning iPad apps for kids. Kid-Approved Educational iPad Apps Moose Math $3.99 Despite the fact that Moose Math is designed for K and 1st grade, both my 8 and 11 year old think this app rocks -- because it's FUN! :) The gist is to build cool things for your own city while practice … [Read more...]

Speakaboos Learning and Literacy App

New Literacy Speakaboo iPad app

When I said I wanted a slow summer, I did not envision getting a nasty Epstein Barr virus forcing me to be slow from fatigue. Since I wasn't at my parenting best, I relied on my husband, our wonderful babysitter, and educational learning tools to help. One of those tools was Speakaboos -- an interactive storybook iPad app. Even though it's recommended for ages 2 - 6, my … [Read more...]

NEW LEGO® Education Kit Get Kids Writing

Lego Writing Kit

I'm so excited to tell you about this today - it's StoryStarter, a new LEGO Education kit to get kids imagining, working together, creating stories, and publishing. Like you, I'm always trying to find new ways to entice kids (mine included) to write. Which is why the LEGO® Education StoryStarter kits make me do a happy dance. Of course, I wish I could give you each one to … [Read more...]

Riddle Moo This Silly Riddle Game (Giveaway)

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Kids can practice deductive reasoning with 300 fun riddles and animal-sound buzzers in the new game, Riddle Moo This A Stilly Riddle Word Game, from Learning Resources. One player reads the clues for the others to guess. The first person to hit their buzzer and guess correctly wins the card. sample card: an animal a bird It says, "Gobble-gobble" answer: … [Read more...]

The Best Back to School Books

Back to School Books

Prepare your kids to go back-to-school with the best books that build their knowledge and help them know what to expect. Books about the First Day Pete the Cat Rocking in my School Shoes by Eric Litwin and James Dean I love this book and the song that goes with it. Get excited about back-to-school, and learn not to worry because it's all good. My New Teacher and Me by … [Read more...]

New Chapter Books to Keep Your Kids Reading (Ages 9 – 12)

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Are your kids psyched to read this summer? Or reluctant? Either way, it always helps to get good books -- so here are my favorite recently published middle grade books. (Around ages 9 - 12.) Bot Wars by J.V. Kade (sci-fi / adventure) Trout's dad disappeared in The Bot Wars. When Trout makes a plea for his missing dad on a vid that goes viral, things go crazy FAST. … [Read more...]

6 Steps to Make a Cozy Book Nook for Kids

How to Make a Book Nook

Want to make a book nook that will get your kids excited to read? In my previous post, I told you how I use my persuasive sales-tactics to get my kids reading, one of which was making a cozy place for them to read. Thanks to Pottery Barn Kids, my good friend, Lori and I were able to make a book nook for her son’s new room. I hope this will inspire you to make one, … [Read more...]