All posts in 2) Preschool

How To: Pack Healthy Snacks Your Kids Will Eat

Healthy Snacks Kids Like

As my husband and I struggle to pack lunches and snacks for our kids’ camp lunches, I find myself wandering the grocery store aisles searching for healthy choices that my kids will actually eat.  While waiting at the hospital for my mammogram (annual check up), I saw a great article on this topic on  WebMD magazine (who knew they had a magazine?!).  So I searched their website further and found some helpful suggestions. 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…

Dinosaur! ebook app for ages 1-5

Dinosaur eBook App for Preschool Boys

This is a cute rhyming iPhone/iPad/iPod ebook app by StoryBoy.net  that my 5-year-old son really liked.  He went through a serious dinosaur phase when he was three and has since moved on to Pokemon, Bakugan, Ben 10, and now Avatar:  The Last Airbender so I was pleasantly surprised when he opted to read this very simple ebook instead of playing his usual Angry Bird game.  I think this ebook brought back fond memories of that time. Read more…

3 Life Lessons From Picture Books…

Picture Books Teach Life Lessons

This is a nice blog with tagline: Where Grandmas Bond, Brag and Benefit. Don’t you just love that? Here Pam Allyn shares her love of books with her granddaughter — a love that helps teach her grandchildren a sense of empathy, a sense of community, and ignites a child’s imagination. Thanks for the great post and great picture book picks! Read more…

2010 Children’s Book Award Winners

Best Books for Kids: Newbery, Caldecott and More

This is from the Association of Library Services for Children. Read more…

The Birthday ebook App for Kids

Interactive eBook App for Kids: The Birthday

I opted for the English version of  the iPhone/iPad/iPod app ebook, The Birthday, by Sylvia Van Ommen and Maurice van der Bij. From the names of the authors, you won’t be surprised to find that the ebook comes with an option for Dutch but it also comes as a nice surprise that it’s in Japanese as well. Read more…

4th of July Picture Books

4th of July Picture Books with an Asian Twist

Best Multicultural 4th of July Books for Kids

Happy Birthday United States on this 4th of July!  To celebrate, I selected two picture books with an Asian twist.  Both families are immigrants from China.  The children in each book, like all children of immigrants, straddle two worlds trying to be “more-American-like-their-friends” while immersed in the culture and traditions from their home country. But what is lovely in both these books is an acceptance that there is no one correct way to celebrate being an American.   This is a homage to the United States of America, the great melting pot nation.  Happy Birthday! Read more…

eBook App for Little Girls Who Love Pink

Books for Preschool Girls Who Love Pink

Winged Chariot is the publisher of Emma Loves Pink by Piret Raud.  It is charmingly narrated by a little English girl whose voice reminds me of another lovely character in a book, Lola, of  Charlie and Lola fame.  The ebook is dedicated to “all little girls who love pink” … and any parent of a little girl went through that stage!  (But interestingly, it shifts by 1st grade to light blue.  Then to green/blue/turqouise.  And by 4th grade, the sweet little girls — or at least mine — go dark and grungy and will wear only brown, grey, and black.)  So enjoy pink, parents.  It’s a lovely stage. Read more…

One Fish, Two Fish eBook App and Game

Best eBooks Apps for Kids Learning to Read

From there to here, from here to there, funny things are everywhere.

Oceanhouse Media makes the best interactive eBooks, hands down.  They own the license for Dr. Seuss’ wonderful books and they actually improve the experience plus increase your child’s literacy by making the pictures on each frame interactive.  When you child touches any of the images, the word will float from the text (if the word is in the text) to the image.  If the narrator is reading the story, the story is NOT interrupted; however, the word will still float from the text to the image.  If the narrator is done reading the story, the narrator will also say the word. Read more…