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My Son's Educational Video Picks

My Son’s Educational Video Picks

My son and I have been curating videos for your viewing pleasure. Many of them came our way via the excellent blog The Kid Should See This which selects videos created for adults but appropriate for a young audience. My son spends quite a bit of time on YouTube these days so he offered up some videos that he wanted to share with my audience as well.

This first video feeds my son’s interest in all things ninja. As a result, I have a ninja book list for him and a match up of picture books to a particular martial art. My son has expressed interest in making weapons like this Japanese artisan who makes traditional samurai swords and there is, in fact, a blacksmithing class near us that my husband wants to do with my son when he’s old enough. But for now, my son will just have to be content watching how swords are made.

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A Flock of Books about Birds from Suzanne Goldsmith Washashore

A Flock of Books about Birds

Please welcome author Suzanne Goldsmith, winner of the 2014 Green Earth Book Award in the Young Adult Category, for Washashore. Today she is sharing her favorite books about birds! Suzanne is giving away 3 signed copies of her book to 3 winners! See the Rafflecopter below to win. (This giveaway is going to have a short duration so that winners might receive their copies before the holiday season ends.)

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Birds. They have four limbs—just like us. They walk on two legs—just like us. They like to sing—just like us.

And yet they are so very different from us. Which is why we find them so fascinating. Read more…

My Son Gives to a Child in Need Through CWIST

My Son Gives to a Child in Need Through CWIST

I posted on CWIST’s learning challenges that parents select for their kids and reward them as they see fit. For the holiday season, CWIST has a program that lets kids earn a present for a child in need who might not have any presents under the tree this year!

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Bombadier Beetle Fun & Educational App for Kids

Bombadier Beetle Fun & Educational App for Kids

My kids think farting is extremely funny. I think they would love this interactive app about Luna, a Bombardier Beetle, with a unique talent. The talent of the toot! But first, some background on the Bombardier Beetle to put Luna’s talent into context.

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The amazing defense strategy of the Bombardier beetle! Read more…

Best Fun and Educational Videos for Kids

Best Fun and Educational Videos for Kids

I went through ten weeks of curated videos from The Kid Should See This to select these four for my 10-year-old son and chose a book to accompany each video. I hope you and your kids enjoy it!

What educational videos are you watching with your kids? Please share!

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Volunteering at Special Surfer Night in Kennebunk

Special Surfer Night in Maine

When we were first went on a vacation in Kennebunkport, Maine, we stumbled upon a surf shop called Aquaholics. I’m from a little beach town in Southern California, so finding a surf shop in New England is like finding a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow. They offered surfing lessons and Grasshopper and Sensei and PickyKidPix wanted to give it a try. Thus began their great love of surfing five years ago.

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chevy teacher discount program

Educator Discount from Chevrolet

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Chevrolet for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

Teachers have one of the toughest jobs on the planet and they do it, not for the money, but from the heart. The holiday season is a great time to thank our teachers.

how to thank a teacher with signed chapter books

I’ve been saving this stack of signed books to gift to our teachers; both current ones and previous teachers that I know love these authors!

Does your school have a no gift policy like ours? If so, what can you do?

how to thank a teacher with signed chapter books

Bonus points for spelling this very tricky last name correctly! I hope I got it right! The author is also coming to our elementary school next week! This is to Grasshopper and Sensei’s third grade teacher.

This is how we thank our teachers … with personalized signed chapter books.

how to thank a teacher with signed chapter books

My son’s 4th grade teacher is getting Jarrett Krosoczka‘s latest chapter book. I hope she likes it!

Our no gift policy allows for classroom items and all teachers love books! I think it’s even better when the author writes an inscription to them. Bonus points for spelling their name correctly!

how to thank a teacher with signed chapter books

My son’s 3rd grade teacher loves going to author events but she missed this one. A signed book will make her feel like she was there!

I’m so glad that Chevrolet is taking time to recognize the good work that educators do, day in and day out, and year round (even when schools are not in session!).

Educator Discount from Chevrolet Equinox

Chevrolet Equinox is a SUV with fuel-efficiency at 32 mpg on the highway! Read more…

Plimoth Plantation: Learning About The Mayflower

Plimoth Plantation: Learning About The Mayflower

The first stop for the third grade field trip  to Plimoth Plantation on a wet and dreary day was the Mayflower II.  It’s a replica of the Mayflower ship that the Pilgrims sailed on. We also learned about the life for Pilgrims and Native Americans.

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Here’s a model boat version of the Mayflower at Plimoth Plantation. Read more…

The Science of Japanese Ramune Soda for Kids

Science of Japanese Ramune Soda for Kids

My kids discovered the Japanese Ramune soda recently. It was a discovery PickyKidPix made while eating at a Japanese restaurant with her friend. She was determined to hunt them down and we found them at our local Chinese grocery store.

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While the flavors of the Ramune sodas seem overly sweet and subtle to me, my kids seem to like them. I think it’s possibly the cool bottle design though. There is a marble in the neck that you have to push down into the bottle using a plastic piece. Sometimes it’s hard to push that sucker down!codd neck bottle and ramune japanese soda
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