50 Free Educational Apps for Kids

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Believe it or not, there are TONS of free educational apps for kids. Yup - FREE! And all of these apps for kids are guilt-free because kids will be learning! And, like I mentioned, they're free. (We love that.) Here ya go  . . . Free Educational iPad Apps Sushi Scramble  OUR FAVORITE GAME!!! Develops language skills through a multiplayer word-building game … [Read more...]

Science Kits for Kids

Science Kits for Kids

Let's talk about the best science kits -- kits that make good gifts for kids. How do I know these are the best? These science kits are award-winners from either Parents-Choice, Creative Child Magazine, Dr. Toy, Mensa, Family Fun Magazine, or Oppenheim Toy Award. Discovoer a science kit to get your kids enthusiastic about learning science. Best Science Kits for … [Read more...]

NEW, Entertaining Beginning Chapter Books for Kids Ages 6 – 9

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When your kids transitioning from easy readers to early or beginning chapter books, look for books with an engaging story, relatable characters, and helpful illustrations that support comprehension. I'm so excited to tell you I've found even more recently published early chapter book gems for your beginning readers. The more a child reads, the better he'll get. Practice … [Read more...]

Teaching Kids to Knit

Teaching Kids to Knit

Teach your kids to knit takes two things, fine motor skills and attention span, says expert Catherine Hirst, of Catherine Hirst Contemporary Crafts. Add in colorful yarn, bamboo needles, time, and patience and you're ready to go! Knit with your kids! Kids need to see us being creative. They need to see the process -- how long it takes us to knit things, and that … [Read more...]

Punctuation Hunt

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Punctuation is  a very important part of writing. And for some kids, it can be a bit hard to master. Sure, a period goes at the end of a sentence, but those commas can be tricky. I wanted my beginning writers to start noticing punctuation marks and see examples of correct usage, so I sent them on a punctuation hunt. I grabbed an old magazine that was headed for the … [Read more...]

Learning to Read: Sight Words and Phonics Together

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by Becky Spence In the world of literacy, the idea of learning words by sight has been highly debated for a few decades as the literacy pendulum has swung back and forth between phonics and sight words. I believe, based on reading research, that kids need both sight words and phonics as they are learning to read and write. But sight words (I'm using sight words … [Read more...]

Sparky Fire Safety App

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Fire Prevention Week is October 5 - 11, 2014 and there's an app for that. (Of course!) I *think*  that I've told my kids what to do when there's a fire. Maybe when they were younger. Better get on that, huh! Here's the scoop, friends. We have to talk about fire safety every year. And, we have to make sure our homes are safe by having up-to-date fire alarms. I have two easy … [Read more...]

23 Best Multiplication Apps for Kids

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Apps make multiplication learning and practice fun for kids. There's just something about technology that is so enticing! I've found 23 multiplication apps your kids can use to practice their times tables. Some are better than others so I've made sure to indicate which I highly recommend. Lumio Farm Factor FREE I like how this shows the multiplication -- that it's … [Read more...]