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Star Walk Astronomy App for Kids with Hubble Photos

Astronomy App for Kids with Hubble Photos

I just tested out the Star Walk app.  My 5-year-old found it on my iPhone and pronounced it “really cool.” It shows you the night sky from your location.  This is actually quite small on an iPhone or iPod touch, so it will be more dramatic on an iPad (which I am dying to get but haven’t pulled the trigger yet — isn’t there a no tax day coming up in Massachusetts soon?!!). Read more…

Planet Fassa (submit original kid activity to win $250)

Planet Fassa for Kids

Dorothee from Planet Fassa asked me to get the word out about her new online story resource so I checked it out and am happy to report back that it appears to be an online social community for kids that emphasizes stories, activities, and fun.  There is also a virtual reward system to get kids more actively engaged. Read more…

Great Advice/Quote Book with Really Long Title (perfect for adult gift)

Parenting Advice Book From Parent to Adult Child

“In the end, you will never regret the things you have done, but you will regret the things you haven’t done.” Read more…

The Red Apple ebook app in 9 languages!

The Red Apple ebook for iPhone, iPad and iPod by Winged Chariot

This is a charming story that can be read or listened to in 9 languages!  That’s not a typo folks!  The ebook has language options for:  English, Turkish, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, and Japanese.  I actually tried the app out in Spanish … you know, I have been studying for almost two years now.  Sadly, I have not studied hard enough because it was a little difficult for me to understand but it was helpful that the words are in Spanish and the female narrator has a beautiful accent worth emulating.  I will make my kids check it out in Spanish. Read more…

Family Reunion Vacations: Kennebunkport, Maine, The Colony Hotel

Family Vacation in Kennebunkport, Maine

My family is in California and I’m outside of Boston.  So, to see my mother, my brother and his family, and my sister and her family, I have instituted a complex bi-annual process called:  The Family Reunion Vacation. Read more…

Chinese for Munchkins App for Kids

Chinese Language App for Kids

I found this in my travels on another blog.  It looks great so I wanted to share but I will try to track down and test it out myself.  Here’s the link for the review:  http://technologywebblog.com/2010/07/review-chinese-for-munchkins-for-the-iphone/

Follow PragmaticMom’s board Teaching Kids Chinese on Pinterest.

Should Kids Take More Responsibility for Their Own Learning?

Should Kids Be Responsible for Learning?

This is from the Washington Post. I guess the other question is how much responsibility should we, as parents, take for our own children’s learning versus their teacher’s?  I would say we, the parents, are ultimately responsible for our own kids’ learning, and that, as they approach college, our kids become fully responsible. Read more…

How To: Find the Right Online Education Program for Back-to-Work Moms

Online Education for Adults

Consider a masters of business administration as an option to get ahead in your field of interest and broaden your career opportunities. 

I found this site online and thought of moms who are contemplating returning to the workforce or thinking about a career change.  I notice that a lot of my mom friends plot their return to work as soon as their youngest hits elementary school. Read more…

HUMOR: Cartoon of Teachers 1960 vs. 2010

Teachers Now versus Before

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