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The Lego® Movie Books from DK Bring the Adventure to Life!

The Lego® Movie Books from DK Bring the Adventure to Life!

*I was sent the books to review as well as a gift card for participating in this campaign. All thoughts and opinions are my own.” My son is ecstatic about The Lego® Movie coming out on DVD on June 17. Like can’t sit still, talks about it EVERY DAY excited. I can’t blame him though, as they are one of his favorite toys.  And the movie was impressively well done for both kids and adults!   So you … Read entire article »

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American Girl of the Year 2013: Saige Copeland – An Interview with Author, Jessie Haas

American Girl of the Year 2013: Saige Copeland – An Interview with Author, Jessie Haas

My daughter loves American Girl and we’re very excited for the debut of Saige, American Girl of the Year for 2013. American Girl has been dropping hints that the 2013 Girl of the Year is from New Mexico and loves horses and art–now we finally get to meet Saige Copeland and learn all about her! In conjunction with introducing Saige, American Girl is launching an Elevate the Arts School Grant Contest: Starting January 1, elementary art teachers … Read entire article »

Filed under: Arts, Books (Fiction), Books (School Aged), Dolls, Reading

I See Me in a Personalized Pirate Adventure Book

I See Me in a Personalized Pirate Adventure Book

We have several personalized books for my daughter but none for our sons so my older boy was delighted when My Very Own Pirate Tale, personalized with his name, arrived from I See Me. This charming book centers on a pirate captain’s search for a new first mate. Sea creatures suggest qualities the perfect candidate should possess–and the first letter of the sea creature’s name and the character trait help spell out your child’s name. Each … Read entire article »

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A Tale of Confidence: Ida Louise and The Lucky Sweater

A Tale of Confidence: Ida Louise and The Lucky Sweater

Around the time she turned five, my daughter became more aware of the opinions of others around her. “What if they don’t like my project?” “What if they laugh at my jacket?” We look for confidence boosters so that my daughter will focus on being true to herself. Books with a strong girl protagonist help spark discussion in our household. Ida Louise and the Lucky Sweater, by Julie Augensen, is a charming story about finding confidence. Believing … Read entire article »

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Learning to Read with LeapFrog TAG

Learning to Read with LeapFrog TAG

LeapFrog makes learning products that blend innovative technology with time-tested teaching techniques for fun and educational results. We are big fans of our LeapFrog TAG and LeapFrog just sent us a new way to enjoy it: two sets of early reader books that teach short and long vowel sounds. My daughter knows her letters and the sounds they make and she is just about ready to make the jump from pre-literacy skills to literacy. Every day she … Read entire article »

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Back-to-School with Amelia Bedelia

Back-to-School with Amelia Bedelia

One of the charming things about young children is their literal-mindedness. Last Valentine’s Day we sent the grandparents cards and then my daughter feared we were going to mail her little brother when I asked if he was her Valentine. So, just imagine our often confused but always well-meaning friend, Amelia Bedelia, as a kindergartner. In Amelia Bedelia’s First Day of School, the classic character enthusiastically, and literally, jumps right into class. She takes … Read entire article »

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Leap Ahead in Summer Reading

Leap Ahead in Summer Reading

As LeapFrog Summer Reading Ambassadors, we’ve been showing off the LeapFrog TAG and TAG Junior systems at schools, libraries, and playgroups in our area. When I reviewed the LeapFrog TAG last year, I was impressed. As an educational consultant, I believe the TAG system is a great example of technology that genuinely engages kids in learning.  Download classic stories onto the reading pen and children can listen to the whole story, hear individual words, and play … Read entire article »

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Letter Learning Fun

Letter Learning Fun

Is your child entering kindergarten or pre-school in the fall? Teach letter recognition over the summer using two fun, educational resources: How to Build an A and the LeapFrog – Letter Factory. How to Build an A is an ideal book for tactile (or kinesthetic) learners. Tactile learners learn best by doing. This hands-on book teaches the alphabet through fun illustrations of each letter and by encouraging kids to build each letter using the 11 foam shapes. The foam shapes … Read entire article »

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Summer Art for Tweens

Summer Art for Tweens

Summer is a great time for enrichment activities. Free from the daily grind of classes and homework, your child can explore his or her creative side. Shop for art supplies on sale at local craft stores, or find wholesale arts and crafts supplies online at DollarDays. Many moms have a craft box (or craft closet) full of supplies to keep their kids occupied during school vacations and on rainy weekends. While some parents splurge on summer art classes … Read entire article »

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Teaching Preschoolers About Money

Teaching Preschoolers About Money

Learning to recognize different coins and understanding their value is an essential part of the preschool and the kindergarten curriculum. Parents can use coins to introduce math concepts like sorting and counting. You can help your child learn to identify coins and their value while teaching them to save money using Coin County: A Bank in a Book, an award-winning book by Innovative Kids. Children can save over $20 by filling the slots in the book with pennies, nickels, … Read entire article »

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