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Foreign Language and Friends, Spanish immersion website for ages 2-10, http://PragmaticMom.com, web based site to teach children Spanish language,

Website That Teaches Kids Spanish: Muy Fabuloso!

Fee Based Website is Like Spanish Tutor for Kids

Kulcutural Kids has a Foreign Langauge and Friends website to teach children vocabulary through themed web games in Spanish but other languages coming soon.  They offered me a code to check it out and I have to say that it took me a long time to get around to it, but when I finally took a look, I was really impressed. Read more…

Just Playing by Anita Wadley (poem for parents of small children)

Just Playing Poem by Anita Wadley

I am so lucky!  My youngest has  the most amazing Kindergarten teacher.  But, sadly, as this is my last child, this is also the last time I will get her (though you can be sure that we will visit her forever!).  Last night was Curriculum Night at school, and she passed out a packet of information as she usually does including this poem on Playing as a Child’s Work. 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…

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…

Best Easy Readers for Kids

Best Books for Young Kids

The (Theodor Seuss) Geisel Award is given annually to the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished American book for beginning readers published in English in the United States during the preceding year.  I found this from Books and Stuff,  a blog for Westerville Library, and they give their perspective on the winners at the bottom of this post.  Benny and Penny in the Big No-No by Jeffrey Hayes is  the 2010 Winner.  The information on the Geisel 2010 winners is from the ALSC (The Association for Library Service to Children). Read more…

Best Picture Books for Kids

Award Winning Picture Books for Kids

Are you thinking what I’m thinking?!  “Who knew that there were so many obscure children’s book awards?!”  I know, huh?  But, if you are the type of person who likes to bypass the duds,then these book awards  weed out the bad and the mediocre.  This might be a good list for holiday presents for nieces, nephews, cousin,s and grand kids … the books are not that well-known so you are not likely to duplicate what they have and you know that this is a quality book that parents will appreciate. Read more…

Snarky Boardbook Review: My Foodie ABC and 123 Boston

Board Books for Kids Puzzling to Adults

Blame this on a late night iPad binge blog reading session, chortling late into the night reading Go Fug Yourself, but I have discovered the inner snark in myself and have applied it to a new and puzzling board book called My Foodie ABC:  A Little Gourmet’s Guide by Puck. Read more…

Dr. Seuss eBook apps: All are Awesome and Teach Kids to Read!

Best eBook Apps for Kids

I have posted on the Dr. Seuss ebooks for iPhone/iPad/iPod apps by Oceanhouse Media previously (How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Dr. Seuss ABC, The Cat in the Hat, One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish, The Loraxand Oh The Places You’ll Go) and how much I think their apps are the gold standard for ebooks.   Read more…

confident kid, how to raise a confident kid,

How To: Raise a Confident Kid

Tips for Raising a Confident Kid

DesignTrackMind asked me to post on this topic and I thought, “Gee, I wish I knew myself.”  She said that she is asking me, not because I have all the answers, but because she knows that I will go crazy and do all the research.  So, I did it, and here it is.  And may we all raise confident kids because the world would be a better place if we did. Read more…