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Take a Look, It’s On Your iPad…Reading Rainbow!

Take a Look, It’s On Your iPad…Reading Rainbow!

As a child, I loved Reading Rainbow and hearing the show’s theme song still brings back happy childhood memories. I can be anything Take a look It’s in a book A Reading Rainbow A Reading Rainbow I loved the way classic Reading Rainbow episodes featured books with few bells & whistles, and I credit the show with inspiring a lifelong love of reading. Since I’m a fan, I was delighted to learn that Reading Rainbow has returned in the form of … Read entire article »

Filed under: Books, Educational, entertainment, Featured, Free, Kindergartners, Learning, Play, Pre-schoolers, Reading, School Aged Children, Toddlers, Toys (All Ages), Toys (Pre-School), Toys (School Age), Uncategorized

Random House Summer Reading Community

Random House Summer Reading Community

This summer, Mamanista is very excited to be teaming up with Blog Frog and Random House to become a part of the Random House Summer Reading Community! We strongly believe in the importance of reading in the lives of young children; literacy is the keystone to academic success and confidence. The Summer Reading Community’s objective is to act as an online space where devoted moms can connect with each other and share resources to help keep … Read entire article »

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Educational iPad Apps for Kids from WordWorld

Educational iPad Apps for Kids from WordWorld

While I am a great believer in “unplugged play” and limited screen-time for young children, I recognize that technology and even television shows can enhance learning. My 3 year old son adores watching WordWorld on PBS as well as LeapFrog’s Letter Factory and The Amazing Alphabet Amusement Park and Talking Words Factory DVDs. These shows helped him learn his upper and lowercase letters and phonics through catchy songs, fun animated characters and interesting stories. WordWorld sparked his interest in … Read entire article »

Filed under: Books, DVD, Educational, Electronics, Featured, Learning, Pre-schoolers, Reading, School Aged Children, Uncategorized

Eye Can Create Art…So Can You

Eye Can Create Art…So Can You

I wasn’t bored much growing up. On rainy days and lazy Saturday afternoons, I’d be engaged in some craft project or interesting game. My mother, a teacher, has a gift for finding and organizing fun activities on a moment’s notice. Now that I’m a mom, I appreciate how easy she made it all look. Some organized moms dedicate entire closets to craft supplies and keep file folders full of craft-ideas clipped from magazines and newspapers on-hand. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Activities, Art, Crafts, Developmental Toys, Educational, Featured, Gift Ideas, Hip Find, Learning, Play

Winter Wonderland Readings

Winter Wonderland Readings

Here are two enchanting additions to your library for cozy winter readings by the fireside: Winter Trees and The Snow Queen. Winter Trees, by Carole Gerber and Leslie Evans is a strikingly gorgeous look at the silhouettes of trees in the winter. Graphic illustrations accented with mat silver accompany poetic descriptions of the trunks, branches, and leaves of winter trees. The jaunty rhyming text transforms the commonplace into the magical. Read this future classic, suitable for preschoolers through … Read entire article »

Filed under: Books (Pre-School), Books (School Aged), Pre-schoolers, School Aged Children, Uncategorized