Here’s a round up of some great links from other blogs that I find I return to again and again.
While installing and using child safety seats may appear to be easy enough, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has estimated that close to 3 out of 4 parents do not properly use child restraints … and if you are one of them, that child safety seat may not protect your child the way it should.
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. Other math apps are meant to be really fun and are a way to use gaming to practice math facts. Still others provide an overview, like a Cliff Notes for a math subject. Algebra Boot Camp is not meant to be sexy, but it’s like reading someone’s very good notes for a refresher review. I believe in all of these concepts so I rounded up what I think are the best educational iPad and iPhone apps for kids. Now when your kids use your iPhone, you can feel good about making them math games!
All in all, this math game is fun for kids and for $.99, it’s well worth the money. To examine the game or purchase it at iTunes, just click on top small icon.
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! It seems when it comes to job training, all preschools can do the job, though there does seem to be a bias for Montessori to develop future billionaires. Imagine Bill Gates, had he not gone to preschool, would be just another college drop out! Preschool, it seems, made all the difference!
I am always delighted to help find books for kids. I received an email asking for book recommendations for Japanese themed and Japanese/English bi-lingual books and this is what I came up with.
I realized that I have planned 27 birthday parties for my three kids thus far. It’s not professional event planning status, but it’s getting close especially if you add in more two hundred more children’s parties we’ve attended. That sounds like madness but it’s just seven parties a year times ten years times three kids. Hence, I am sharing my Top 10 Best Kids’ Birthday Party Ideas.
Favorite picture books to build vocabulary.
I do love those old fashioned books; you know, the ones where no one fights at all EVER. Siblings get along beautifully, parents never get divorced, and there’s always a happy ending. In fact, there is so little conflict, there isn’t much plot. It’s more like a series of short vignettes of what life was like back then. Was life that simple and conflict free back then? I doubt it, but I do love reading about it with my kids.