Innovative Coding Apps for Kids

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With the emphasis on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) in the schools, some kids are learning to program (code) right alongside their reading, writing, and math lessons. There's no denying that technology will be a huge part of their future. You'll be amazed at all the inventive games and programs to help your kids learn the basics of coding -- all … [Read more...]

3 Engrossing Word Games for Kids

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Three word games, WordARound, Bubble Talk, and Junior Scrabble, are always top choices for my kids for family game time. (Although I think my husband could play Bubble Talk by himself just because he thinks it's so funny.) Let me tell you about them. Word Games for Kids  1. WordARound WordARound is a super fun word game for kids. The cards have three rings, black, red, … [Read more...]

Hey Smartypants! Pants Event at dressbarn in Denver, Colorado #dressSMART

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Teachers and friends, I don't know about you but I usually only think of my kids with back-to-school fashion but now it's time for me. I need new clothes, too. Don't you? And shoes. And accessories. (I'm always losing my earrings.) That's why I'm so excited to announce that I'll be at the University Hills dressbarn on Colorado Blvd. in Denver, Colorado on September … [Read more...]

“On the Go” Phonics Scavenger Hunt

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Finding something educational for your child to do while you're out in public can be hard. An "On the Go" Phonics Scavenger Hunt  is perfect for those times where you're sitting in the car, doctor's office, or even at a meeting where you need to keep the little one busy. This "On the Go" Phonics Scavenger Hunt is perfect for the child who is learning more about letter sounds … [Read more...]

Outstanding New Picture Books, Summer 2014

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As Todd Parr says, It's Okay to Make Mistakes. Like when Very Little Red thinks the Wolf is a Foxie or the birds don't quite get the message right (or even close) in Mac Barnett's book, Telephone. Discover more outstanding picture book stories and silly mistakes in these new titles. Outstanding Picture Books The Zoo Box by Ariel Cohn, illustrated by Aron Nels … [Read more...]

7 Gifts Your Teacher Actually Wants #QuakerUp

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As a paid Quaker Classroom Ambassador, I’m inviting you to join Quaker in supporting teachers nationwide. Over the years, I’ve gotten some awesome gifts that I’ve cherished, but I have also gotten some very uh, . . . unique gifts that I haven’t been able to use. (Apple earrings, apple ornaments, apple aprons, apple pins . . . ) While I always appreciated the thought, I … [Read more...]

DIY Washi and Duct Tape Gifts for Teachers

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Make your new teacher a special gift she or he can use in the classroom -- out of washi tape or duct tape. I LOVE duct tape and washi tape. So do my kids. We found that even us not-so-crafty types can follow directions like nobody's business. Our most recent get-our-craft-on books? Duct Tape Craft Books Duct Tape Mania by Amanda Formaro (affiliate link) and … [Read more...]