Archive for September, 2011

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Best Baby Shower Gift Ideas

Unique Baby Shower Present Ideas

I am partial to coordinating a group present and buying one big-ticket item for expectant parents. It’s not easy to pull off but I remember how daunting and expensive it was to get ready for a new baby. This is not to say that I am not buying cute outfits with matching socks and hats — this is my only chance to buy those these days and it’s so much fun to pick it out! But if I think back on what I really needed; items that are impactful, special, unusual, and thoughtful, this would be my secret fantasy list of what I would want. Read more…

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East Coast Earthquake … As Learning Opportunity for Kids!

Science of Earthquakes for Kids

I grew up in Southern California and experienced many an earthquake including the Northridge one which was quite memorable. Though many in my area felt the recent East Coast earthquake, it went unnoticed at my house. I think it was because we were all in the basement so we did not feel our house move at all. Still, this is a teachable moment for any child who might have anxiety or curiosity about earthquakes between this one and the huge one in Japan. Read more…

RECALL: Corned Beef (Libby, Kroger), Brushy Creek Shredded Beef & Roast Beef

Corned Beef and Canned Beef Recall

WASHINGTON, Sept. 13, 2010 –Sampco, Inc., a Chicago, Ill., establishment is recalling approximately 258,000 pounds of cooked beef products that were imported from an ineligible Brazilian establishment, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. Read more…

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How To: Find Out What Your Child is Doing at School

Spying On Your Kid at School? You too?!!

When you ask your child what he or she did at school, do you ever get a blank stare and the answer, “Nothing.”  Is the answer the same when you ask what he or she learned today?  Or whom he or she played with?  Frustrating? Read more…

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Math Apps Kids Love

Fun Math Apps for Kids

I haven’t been posting on iPhone/iPad apps lately trying to find the best educational iPhone and iPad apps for kids.  It’s been hard to keep up with sheer volume of new apps coming out of the woodwork, let alone evaluate each of them and then compare to the rest.  Plus to evaluate the apps, I have to locate my iPad or iPhone and play the game myself AND get one of my kids to test it out. And, with my new editorial schedule, I wasn’t even sure where apps fit into my calendar. Read more…

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Why Preschool is Critical for Success as Adult!

Preschool is Where We Learn Social Skills We Need in Life

NPR has a feature on why preschool is the best job training program. Nobel prize-winning economist James Heckman found that the soft skills necessary for success in the workplace — things like “being able to pay attention and focus, being curious and open to new experiences, and being able to control your temper and not get frustrated” — were skills that were learned, not in high school or college, but during preschool! Read more…

Family Reunion Vacations: North Captiva Island, Florida

Perfect Family Beach Vacation at Secret Florida Island

Near Fort Myers (and yet so far away) is North Captiva Island, a barrier reef island that is only accessible by ferry.  You might have heard of Captiva but this is a different place altogether.  North Captiva doesn’t allow cars so it’s just golf carts, bikes, boats, and walking for transportation on the island.  And did I mention that it’s also a bird sanctuary?  Be prepared to see an abundance of wild creatures from egrets to dolphins to manatees. Read more…

Happy Roald Dahl Day from My Daughter's 3rd Grade Class

Happy Roald Dahl Day from My Daughter’s 3rd Grade Class

Roald Dahl Day and Our Favorite Roald Dahl Books

Now that my middle daughter is nine-years-old and spent the better part of the year (along with her classmates) voraciously reading Roald Dahl (with me besides her helping out), we both have a much deeper appreciation for Roald Dahl. We told her teacher about Roald Dahl day and she wanted to celebrate it as a classroom special day but unfortunately it was too late in the year at September 13. School has barely begun and the teachers are busy assessing where their students are. Too bad. What are your favorite Roald Dahl Books? Read more…

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Predicting 2011 Caldecott and Newbery Winners

Picking 2011 Newbery and Caldecott Winners

I think Fuse #8  Production is one of the best children’s lit blogs around. Her predictions for Caldecott and Newbery Winners is usually dead on and I use her list to buy Christmas and birthday books for my kids because the timing of the actual awards comes in early January which is not perfect timing for the holiday season gift buying. Last year based on her list, I bought my oldest a stack of chapter books from her list, and my youngest, a stack of picture books. These are the chapter books my (at the time) 5th grade daughter LOVED: Read more…