Teens are hard to buy for so it’s always good to have a collection of ideas ready to go. This year we’re focusing on a selections of low and hi-tech gifts for the Holiday season that will surely impress those young adults in your family with electronics, board games and productivity items at the top the list. Look for some great deals at Black Friday, Cyber Monday and deals leading up to the holidays. Continue reading
It’s that time of the year again where the kids get to decide what they’d like on their wish list for the Holiday. I like to see creative choices or games that encourage social interactions an maybe a little fun imagination. This year I wasn’t dissapointed in their selections which are fun, social and sharable. I also have a few selections for quiet time. Continue reading
My eight year old really wants to learn cursive or, as they say in school, handwriting. Her best friend in school mastered cursive in kindergarten and so far in the classroom it hasn’t been taught. So, I’ve gathered a few cursive apps to let her practice and build her confidence and once the class jumps into learning cursive, she’ll know the basics. Continue reading
This month we celebrate the birth of the nation and these Top 5 geography apps offer a unique and fun way to learn about the world we live in. Some apps work like games and others more like challenges so depending on how your child likes to learn, there are choices to match their style.
Focusing on the US, Canada and the countries of the world these apps are fun for kids of all ages – give ‘em a try and test your knowledge! Continue reading
Keeping things organized and improving productivity became a big deal for my older daughter starting in the 4th Grade and she began needing skills and tools to keep on top of things. Now in the 6th grade it’s even more important.
I’ve found it can be quite challenging to find the right balance of paper and digital solutions so this month our apps focus on being productive in the classroom whether it’s note taking, study aids or writing.
I fear lice, in fact I’m itching my head already already just writing this post.
A friend at work mentioned she just went through a few rounds of lice at her house and that I should write a post about lice. Her biggest insight was that she didn’t need to use chemicals after all (yes, she tried everything including the chemical shampoo) and in her experience the only thing that actually removed the lice was a lice comb and diligence.
Here are some facts and tips about lice to help conquer the most feared head accessory at school. Continue reading
Some kids have tutoring over the summer to work on subjects that need extra support, some jump ahead to prepare for the next school year; some kids don’t like to crack a book focusing instead on the great summer weather and outdoor activities. We sit somewhere in the middle and to get the kids back into the head space for school I like to spend the last week of summer with a tune-up using educational apps.
The links below will take you to my collection of Top Apps – we use apps to brush up on last year’s curriculum and also to give a warm up of what’s to come. The apps are broken into key areas of learning and offer a fun way to get back into the groove.
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It’s that time again, back to school shopping! Clothes are top on the list and Tea Collection has some great unique sets of clothes and separates for boys and girls ages 2 – 12. The collection takes design elements from cultures around the world and shares the design inspiration for each collection.
I love the bright colors and beautiful fabrics in active styles that mix and match and kids love to wear. The Lion Grove Tee is one of the new items in the collection and is $26. There is a great set of colorful graphic tees for girls and boys. First time orders are offered a 15% discount and shipping is a flat rate of $7 and free for orders over $150.
Sometimes kids just want to have fun with art. We’ve been checking out apps that allow for creativity no matter level of artistic ability. The nice thing about art apps is they can also tie in nicely with storytelling.
Kids don’t realize that by figuring out where something goes they are structuring a story with a beginning, middle and end. This translates later in the classroom when kids have to structure their thoughts for reports, project, and journal writing.
Challenge them to share their experiences this summer with the fun art apps below and see how much fun they can have telling a story. Great apps for kids 5 – 13 years old. Continue reading
We love going to a nearby farm about 20 minutes outside of Vancouver. Located at 2727 Westham Island Road in Ladner, British Columbia, the farm is a quick drive from Vancouver down Highway 99.
The farm is called Emma Lea Farms and they have seasonal berry picking starting in June. Their website is full of great info telling you which berries are in season so you can plan the visit to your favorite berry type.
The farm is very family friendly and you’ll see lots of kids running around with parents and grandparents chatting and picking. Everyone has a great time. Continue reading
I’ve been collecting ideas for activities to do with the kids this summer and I found a good set of quest from my affiliate Education.com who’ve partnered with PBS Kids for this self directed summer reading camp.
The word “quest” conjures up all sorts of fun and true to the work the free quests feature kid friendly arts and crafts, reading, outdoor activities and science explorations bundled with reading and writing activities that scale to different age levels.
This summer challenge the kids with the Summer Reading Fun at Education.com and get 10 weeks of free activities for your children this summer – a new theme each week. Included in the weekly quest is a check list of supplies to get started, which is great for us busy parents and can, in turn, be the first step in the quest!
You sign in either with a Facebook account or email address and you can pick a number of activities based on the ages of your kids. I looked through the reading one and chose activities for the 8 – 11 year old range. I figured these are great for rainy summer days. There are others that I’ll tailor to the kids’ interests – animals, super hero’s, science, art. My daughters will love the make your own armor art project.
Get the free checklist and plan the adventures with your kids, it’s lots of fun and great for kids under 12. Make sure you sign up for the reading club too – there is a great selection of book ideas for kids of each level up to grade 5.