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Top 10: Roald Dahl Books for Roald Dahl Day!

Best Roald Dahl Books for 3rd Grade!

My eight-year-old middle daughter has become Roald Dahl’s biggest fan and she’s very upset that I failed to tell her about Roald Dahl Day!  But honestly, who knew that  September 13 is Roald Dahl Day?!  It was a happy accident that I stumbled upon Philip Ardaugh’s post online. (Click here for a link to his blog.)  Next year we will do a proper celebration, my daughter and I. Read more…

How to Train Your Dragon ebook for reluctant readers

How to Train Your Dragon eBook App Woos Readers

Usually I am one to tout the book over the movie, but in the case of How to Train Your Dragon, it is a toss up.  I loved both.  It’s hard to choose because them because they are so different and yet each so well done. Read more…

4 Board Books with Pop Up Market: Perfect for Toddlers

Board Books That Are Also Toys

I received these board books in the mail to review and decided to get cracking.  I woke up really early — 5 a.m. to be exact — so it could be the early hour with a slow functioning brain but it took me a really long time to figure out how to get the Pop-Up Market up which, frankly,  is the best feature in the book set. Read more…

Family Reunion Vacations: Kennebunk, Maine

Family Vacation in Maine: Surfing, tide pools, fishing and more

This was our 5th vacation in the Kennebunk/Kennebunkport, Maine area and we’ve always had a wonderful time.  This year, however, the kids said it was the best vacation ever.  We didn’t actually have a family reunion this year though we did briefly see my sister and her family in Connecticut right before this trip but we did see many, many multi-generation families at our hotel as well as lots and lots of well-behaved dogs. Read more…

MathGirl Number Garden for preschoolers

Preschool Math App for Girls

I really like the concept of MathGirl Number Garden: make iPhone/iPad/iPod math games that appeal to girls. And it is really appealing to girls with graphics and music that are very sweet.  But I find it to be an incomplete math app.  I mean, I LIKE the idea of pre-addition — number grouping and counting, but I want to app to go further.  The app has girls counting items such as  flowers and fingers (well, gardening glove fingers).  The faster you get the answer correct, the more points you win.  There is a indication of speed with a bunny for fast counting, a bee for medium speed, and a snail for slow counters.  The answer choices are buttons that you select.  “Fast but correct” garners you more points that can be cashed in later for your virtual garden.  This gaming feature is very nice. Read more…

Electronic Organization Tools for Moms

Google Calendar, Jooners & VolunteerSpot, TeamSnap

My Work Colleague Mom Friend asked me to blog on online calendaring systems and simultaneously, my Mom Marketing Friend has told me twice about her friend in California’s company that organizes volunteers called Jooners.  Then, just yesterday, My Dad Friend told me about Volunteer Spot which is similar to Jooners.  And now my oldest’s soccer team is using TeamSnap to organize the soccer practices and games.  Like it or not, electronic calendars and scheduling are upon us. Read more…

How To: Support Your Child Academically

A Good Start to the School Year

Whew! The kids are back in school! The first month of school is typically a time to assess and review from last year. What does this mean for math? Assess and review is great except for those kids who: Read more…

2 minute Video on the Meaning of Life

What is the Meaning of Life?

My husband sent me this lovely video that reminds me of a series of Hallmark cards that notes everything in life that is important (or not).  It’s fun to watch and it hits the nail on the head.  Enjoy!

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Gifted and Talented Program at Risk

Gift and Talented Program (GATE)

When I was a kid growing up in California, our public school system went from being one of the best, with a high per capita spend, to one of the worst. Why? Proposition 13. I was too young to really understand it, but I do remember having classroom sizes in elementary school in the 30-32 range. But I was also in the Mentally Gifted Minor Program that later changed names to the GATE (Gifted and Talented Something) Program — the switch was to squeeze in “talented” kids who didn’t quite score in the cut off range. Read more…