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How To: Install Infant Car Seat Correctly

Installing an Infant Car Seat Correctly

This week is Child Passenger Safety Week, so in honor of that, here are two links to make sure that your most precious cargo of all is safe. Read more…

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Best Math Apps for Kids

Math Apps that Teach and Entertain Kids

I do think that math apps for the iPhone/iPad/iPod are a really fun way to learn and practice math. In some ways, very specific apps like the ones from iDevMath can serve as a private tutor for your child, teaching a concept step by step and provide problems for practice. Read more…

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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…

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Bilingual Japanese Books for Kids

I am always delighted to help find books for kids. A young USAF family being reassigned from Japan sent me an email asking for book recommendations for Japanese themed and Japanese/English, bilingual books.  These are the books I’d recommend to keep the kids exposed to the Japanese language.

I just found out about Tuttle Publishing and they sent me the perfect book!

My First Book of Japanese Words: An ABC Rhyming Book by Michelle Haney Brown

This is a lovely picture book in ENGLISH but with Japanese words for each letter both in Hiragane and Kanji. There is also interesting tidbits of information about the Japanese culture that kids would enjoy. [picture book, ages 2 and up]

Japanese Themed Picture Books for Preschoolers

Here are more picture books with a reference to Japan.

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I also have a post on Top 10: Japanese American Books and Teach Me Tuesday: Japan

 

Japanese/English Bi-Lingual Folk Tale Picture Books

I happen to have these Japanese Folk Tale books that I found in a Japanese bookstore in Orange County when visiting my mom. They are lovely little books on famous Japanese folk tales and are bi-lingual.

These books are great and have Japanese vocabulary words throughout both books as well as cover the holidays and traditions of the Japanese people. I learned a lot from them!

Japanese Themed Easy Chapter Book

The Story of Yuriwaka: A Japanese Odyssey is a short chapter book which would be good for the older son.

 

 A Haiku Poetry Book
This picture book is a tranlation of Haiku poems by Issa, a Japanese poet born in 1763 on a farm in central Japan. He began writing haiku as a young child.
I found these books that also might be good:
Recommendations from Readers
How My Parents Learned to Eat by Ina R. Friedman, illustrated (gorgeously!) by Allen Say
Thank you to Rachel for this great recommendation! I have heard so much about this book but I don’t think I’ve read it yet! [picture book, ages 6-9]

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Top 10: Best Children’s Birthday Party Ideas

Most Popular Birthday Parties for Kids

I am in the throes of planning my son’s 7th birthday party And he took too long to decide so I wasn’t able to book the trampoline party on the day he wanted and at an acceptable time when the parents wouldn’t kill me for. The Sunday night slot from 5 to 7:30 pm was not going to be popular with the parents! So, he opted for the video/laser tag party which, luckily, was free. Now I just have to procure a Sonic the Hedgehog birthday cake. Read more…

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Best Picture Books to Build Vocabulary (ages 2-8)

These picture books are a fun way to build vocabulary effortlessly. I also have a series of posts on picture books with SAT vocabulary from the literacy specialist at our elementary school. She selects a series of picture books and pulls out big words along with a sentence with the word. Little kids like big words!

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Preschool is Best Job Training Program

Preschool is Best Job Training Says Nobel Economist

When Nobel-winning economist James Heckman studied the effects of job training, he found a curious thing. The job training most effective in getting people jobs is something they learned (or not!) in preschool! Read more…