Yesterday at Joy School I did shaving cream painting with the kids. We didn’t have a table big enough so we did it on the kitchen floor. They LOVED it!
My youngest, who just turned two, has been a little slower to reach most developmental stages. She didn’t walk until 18 months. She just turned 2 and is finally starting to say about 5-10 words–average for a 2 year old is 50 words. She is no where near there yet. The words she does use are mostly just the beginning sounds and she doesn’t use them in the right context yet. Her language mostly consists of me saying a word, and then sometimes she will repeat it.
Because of this, we were referred by our pediatrician to get some extra help for our daughter? I’m both relieved and hopeful. The more help we can get now, the better for her later!
One of my daughter’s favorite games to play in her program is this cute little sorting game. It is so simple and easy for even young toddlers, but it is lots of fun! Plus with this one game you accomplish a couple different ways to play.
To play the Toddler Sorting Games you’ll need just a few things:
- 6 tin muffin tin – I found one at the dollar store (You can use a muffin tin from your kitchen but only sort in 3-6 of the compartments. If you use all the tins it can be too overwhelming)
- Colored sorters – You can use colored pom poms also from the dollar store or these counting bears I found on Amazon.
You could also use something like colored mini marshmallows or fruit loops but we had a hard time sorting them because they were all getting eaten to quick!
Play the Toddler Sorting Games!
To begin, put a different color item (whatever you’re using) in each muffin tin cup.
Next, hand your child one sorter at a time and ask your toddler to find the match. If they get it wrong just say “nope, try again!” You might have to help for the first few times tell they figure it out.
Continue sorting them one by one until they are all full!
Once your child can match up all the colors than you can continue the play while teaching them new things. Here are two different ways to play.
Variations of the Toddler Sorting Game
For this toddler sorting game you’ll set it up the same as before with one sorter in each tin compartment. Next you hold up two different colors, one in each hand. Example: one red and one blue. You then ask “Do you want the red?” (and show it to them) “Or the blue?” (and then show that one). Let them pick, and have them try to say the color once the pick one. Then they can match it up like in the first game.
With this toddler sorting game we are teaching colors. Set it up the same as the previous games. This time you can offer the child a whole bowl of sorters and ask “find the green.” Once they find the green one have them match it all up with the green in the muffin tin. Repeat with various colors until the muffin cups are full. If the child picks the wrong color just say ”nope, try again!” until they get the correct color.
With these three different variations you can help your child to 1) recognize the differences with the colors, 2) be able to say the names, and 3) then finally doing it all on their own!
I know this is a simple game but my toddler has so much fun and it is an easy way to teach toddlers colors and words. I think it would also be fun to try with different objects like dinosaurs and cars mixed together.
Have you played any fun games to teach your child concepts and words? I’d love to hear what worked for you!
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Reading Eggs.
Early childhood education has always been very important to me. Though I’m not an educator by profession, I’ve always been interested in and passionate about the capacity of children to exceed our current educational expectations (i.e. our educational systems’ expectations).
While I don’t believe in drilling my kids for hours on end in a boring, creatively desolate environment
oh, wait, I do send my kids to public school, I do provide ample opportunities for them to learn through play. Current technology has given parents a wealth of fun, creative and educational games and programs for our children’s enrichment.
Recently, I was introduced to an online computer learning system called “Reading Eggs”. Reading Eggs is a fun and engaging program designed for kids ages 3-7 who are learning to read. With over 120 lessons Reading Eggs provides fairly comprehensive reading introduction and instruction.
My middle son, “Little Brother”, is about to turn four and has been reading simple three to four letter words for a while now. He is so excited about learning to read and I am eager to harness that excitement and give him something that will teach and challenge him.
Sign up was really simple. You can actually receive a free 5 week trial to decide if you like it before you subscribe. That is really helpful. If your experience has been anything like ours, 5 weeks will give your child a healthy boost in their reading ability.
Once I got Little Brother all signed up I opted to have him take a skills test so the program could start him at his current level (as opposed to starting him at lesson one). After his assessment the program started him on lesson 20.
Here is a view of the home screen where they con see their progress, choose lessons, or play fun learning games.
I have to say that I am very impressed with the program’s teaching style. The concepts are introduced in a systematic way that very effective in teaching children of all learning speeds. Having previously been a therapist and tutor I can also say that the Reading Eggs Program would be great for children with learning delays and autism.
To give you a little bit better idea of the
Reading Eggs Read-to-Cure Challenge
Right now Reading Eggs is doing a really fun fundraiser for the National Children’s Cancer Society, and they’d love to have you and your child participate with them!
- If you don’t already have an account, sign up for a free 5 week trial of Reading Eggs to participate if you don’t already have an account.
- From February 3 to March 7 have your child complete as many books and Reading Eggs lessons as they can.
- Friends and family can sponsor their reading efforts, and all money raised goes to the NCCS.
There are (6) great prizes up for grabs: (3) for the most money raised in the Read to Cure and (3) for the most books and lessons completed in the Read to Cure!
If you don’t have young kids of your own and would like to make a donation you’re welcome to make a donation on Little Brother’s donation page.
To help kick off this great event, Reading Eggs is giving away an iPad Mini!
Here are the details:
- The giveaway will be open on Monday, January 20 and end Friday March 7, 2014.
- One winner will be selected to receive one (1) iPad Mini valued at $299.99,
- To enter the giveaway, entrants must register and activate the 5-week free trial on the Reading Eggs website between 1/20/2014 to 3/7/2014 with their name, child’s name and postal address.
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Before I settled down, got married, and had children of my own I dreamed that one day I’d travel the world with my kids. Now that the three littles are here I can’t imagine the travails that would come trying to cart them from one country to another. I still have lofty aspirations to expose them to different cultures, peoples, foods, and histories while their are still in their youths, but I’ve decided to put it off at least until they’re all old enough to pack and carry their own luggage.
For now, I’ve settled bringing the world to them, here in our own home. I was recently contacted by Little Pim to review their foreign-language learning program for kids as young as 6 months old (though personally, I don’t think a 6 month old has the attention span or even should be sitting in front of the TV for an episode). Recently, they introduced a special-edition product line now available exclusively at select Toys“R”Us stores nationwide. The new Spanish, Chinese, and English “Discovery Sets” each include three DVDs and a Little Pim plush panda toy.
Little Pim is a fun, award-winning series designed to introduce foreign languages to babies, toddlers and preschoolers. Research shows that young children who learn a second language have greater cognitive and verbal skills. Children up to the age of six can learn multiple languages with ease, and Little Pim makes it fun! Each 35-minute DVD features Little Pim, a lovable, animated panda who is also the teacher, and real kids doing everyday activities.
Each 35 minute DVD is broken up into 5 minute episodes to provide a good pace for young children. I didn’t realize this the first couple times I sat my son and his preschool friend down to watch Little Pim. After about 10 minutes they had lost interest. Because Little Pim is taught using Little Pim’s Entertainment Immersion Method®, it takes a little while for some children to become accustomed to listening in a different language.
Little Pim engages young audiences by using both live action with young children and animation with Little Pim and his pals. The phrases taught are simple and pertinent to young children.
There is one thing that I was very surprised that I didn’t see in Little Pim. I am so surprised that the makers of Little Pim did not leverage the power of music! My boys (like most kids) learn so quickly when the concept (language, in this case) can be reinforced through simple songs. In addition, it would really help keep kids more engaged in the show.
Simplified, here are the Pros and Cons:
- Simple for even young children to follow
- Cute characters
- Engaging for short periods of time –good for child’s short attention span
- Pertinent vocabulary for young children
- Cognitive benefits for children: Improves memory and analytic abilities, boosts abstract thinking
- Price is competitive
- May not engage your child for very long
- Not what I would consider a dynamic program (energy level/enthusiasm of the show is fairly static)
- No songs in the DVDs
When it is all boiled down, yes, I would recommend this program to most of my friends providing I think their child has the attention span for it.
Little Pim is recommended for ages 6 months-6 years and is available in 11 languages including Spanish, French, Chi
Stay tuned! At the conclusion of our Holiday Gift Guide we’ll be having a prize packed Gift Giveaway! Little Pim will be one of the prizes offered!
I’m so excited to introduce you to our next Holiday Gift Guide feature! I have several great loves in life, and one of the greatest of those is my love of learning. I want so much want to pass this on to my children. What better way to do that than through books.
Children’s literature can be an almost magical part of a child’s youth. I remember my teachers and my parents reading me the classics when I was little. Now, I’m passing that on to my children. When I taught preschool I built up quite a library of children’s books, a library that I continue to add to every chance I get. Laughing Giraffe Books makes it so easy for you to build your book library with collections of excellent children’s literature.
I know that there are thousands of books out there written for kids. Some are excellent, well written, and entertaining…some are just not.
Laughing Giraffe Books takes all the guesswork out of finding the best books. Founded by a former reading specialist, each Laughing Giraffe Books book set features high quality children’s literature designed to encourage children to read and develop a lifelong love of reading.
When I was browsing through the collections I was so impressed at the quality of literature they have! They are all the books I’d pick out!
The Series of Series collection is a great introduction to some of the most well-loved series in children’s literature…
Look at all the classics in the One to Grow On collection…
Book selections range from board book collections for newborns, infants, and toddlers like the Board Book Bonanza collection…
…up to fun chapter books for young readers ages 8+.
Instead of being purchased one by one, Laughing Giraffe Books bundles books into themed collections like the awesome collections shown above. When purchasing any of the collections you have the option to have your books delivered as a set or as a “book of the month” with one book arriving each month. Book of the month can be a fun option to draw the excitement out for months!
With both of the delivery options each book comes beautifully gift wrapped and ships free!
Laughing Giraffe Book collections are an excellent gift for parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, and more to give their loved little ones for the holidays this year!
Learn more about Laughing Giraffe Books and view all their collections at LaughingGiraffeBooks.com.
Stay tuned at the completion of our Holiday Gift Guide when you’ll be able to enter to win a prize from Laughing Giraffe Books!
Disclosure: I received the follow products for review purposes at no cost to myself. No monetary compensation was provided. All opinions and thoughts are my own.
What do you think of when you think of the first day of school? For me, I think of new crayons and new jeans. I was always excited to go back to school shopping for that first day of school. And do you know who else is always ready for the first day back? Crayola! For more than 100 years, Crayola has never missed the first day of school. And this year Crayola has some colorful tools that help kids discover and create in the classroom. From classic crayons to markers, paint and dry-erase tools, Crayola’s school products provide kids with the ability to bring all of their colorful ideas to life in the classroom and at home. New additions this year include:
- This super-colorful collection of Crayola Super Tips Markers and paper includes 65 pieces in a durable, portable carryall case.
- SuperTips Washable Markers feature a versatile tip that allow kids to draw both thick and thin lines.
- Washable ink easily washes from skin and most children’s clothing.
- Includes: 25 Super Tips Washable Markers and 40 sheets of blank paper and BONUS Story Studio online access to create your own coloring pages
- SRP: $12.99
- Recommended Age: 4+
- Older kids and even young adults can have fun infusing color into note-taking as they head back to school.
- A unique Wild Notes Metallic Pen is included with the notebook, producing bright, metallic colors on every page of the black paper.
- Kids can bring math calculations, history lessons and science equations colorfully to life.
- Includes: One 70-sheet wide-ruled notebook and Wild Notes Metallic Pen
- SRP: $5.99
My kids love the SuperTips markers. They are always asking to get them out and to draw with them. The age says 4+ but with them being washable I let my 3 year old color with them and he has no problem using them. I love that that they are washable and that they come in a carrying case. This makes it easy to carry them around and to store them, keeping them all together in one place. I like to make sure I get them all back because I don’t want my 18 month old getting a hold of them and coloring her legs. (she has tried that before with crayons!) The Wild Notes Black Notebook is fun but definitely geared towards the older kids. My six year old has fun playing around with it and “creating rainbows” she says.
I really love Crayola products and these in particular did not disappoint. They are great quality and they live up to their name. If you’ve ever bought crayons from the dollar store than you totally know what I mean! :) So if you still need to get some back to school supplies or just some arts and crafts products to use at home, then check out Crayola and you’ll be glad you did. They have something for every age. Check out their facebook and twitter pages. They always have fun craft tips and ideas.
Disclosure: I received product for compensation to write the following from Coppertone
My daughter started school back up two weeks ago and I finally think we are starting to get back into a routine around here. This year was a big year for us. She started 1st grade which is her first time going all day to school. The first couple days where so long and seemed to drag on forever as we waited for her to come back home. It’s just crazy to me that she is spending so much time out of my care and now she needs to be responsible for things all on her own. One big thing that I didn’t even think about was skin care. She spends 2-3 recess’ outside plus there is the walk to and from school and that is actually more exposure to the sun then I realized! And think of all the activity and school sports that take place! Some children can spend many hours in the sun.
This is why Coppertone has come up with a program for schools called “Making the Sunscreen Grade.” It is a campaign to make parents aware of sun protection even while their kids are at school. Children are being exposed to sun through out the day and even if we apply sunscreen on them before they leave in the morning they would need to reapply by the time of their mid-day recess. So we need to teach our children about sun safety and Coppertone has come up with a great game plan for us to follow.
ABC’s of Sun Protection at School
- Get the facts – Ask your school administrator for more information on your district’s policy around sunscreen and what (if any) sun protection methods are permitted. Policies can differ, so you may want to ask if sunscreen, hats or sunglasses are allowed during outdoor activities and if any permission is necessary.
- Take action – Some schools only allow sunscreen usage with written permission from a child’s parent and/or physician. Ask your school administrator and/or your child’s pediatrician for guidance and make sure to get a doctor’s note, if necessary. You can also work with your school to craft a sunscreen-reapplication program, keeping in mind that sunscreen must be kept out of the reach of children.
- Be prepared – Sun sense begins at home. Dress your kids in sun-protective clothing and make sunscreen application part of your morning ritual before your kids go outside and go to school.
- Talk to your kids – Remind your kids to practice sun-savvy behaviors at school, such as seeking shade and drinking plenty of water during recess and other outdoor activities.
- Stay connected – Creating a sun-smart school environment should include partnering with parents, teachers, school nurses and administrators. In some cases, simply initiating a conversation to learn more about sun protection may remind others of its importance. Consider it a potential topic for your next PTA meeting.
As I have done my research and talked with my daughters school I became kind of discouraged. They do not allow my daughter to bring sunscreen to school. She could technically bring it if it was kept in the school office and she had to have a doctors note for it. But I didn’t feel like that was very convenient or time efficient. Her recess isn’t even long enough for her to go down to the office, apply the sunscreen and then go out and play. I also talked to them about hats and sunglasses and they do not allow them at school. They can bring them to school when they have their yearly activity days at the end of the school year but that is only 1-2 days out of the year. So now it is up to me to teach my daughter to play in the shade and wear sun-protective clothing. Did you know that a white t-shirt only has the SPF of about a 7 when it is dry? It’s a good thing I don’t like to buy white clothes because they always get so dirty and dingy! Also just because you have an overcast day doesn’t mean it will protect you from getting a sunburn either. With a cloud cover you still get 80% of the sun rays.
I encourage all of you to find out what your schools guidelines are for sun safety. See if your schools will allow sunscreen or hats and glasses and lets teach our children to be safe as they play! You can also download the Coppertone Sun Protection pamphlet here (it comes in both English or Spanish) so you can have the information necessary to start a discussion at your school. If your schools do allow sunscreen the 3 oz travel size sunscreens would be the perfect size to fit in their backpacks.
They come in many different types and SPF’s
- Coppertone Sport SPF 50 and 30
- Coppertone Kids Tear Free SPF 50
- Coppertone Oil Free Face in SPF 15 and 50
- Coppertone WaterBABIES SPF 50
For a full list of their products you can visit their website here. They have a coupon for $1 you can print too if your running low on sunscreen. Also check out their facebook page for new info, ideas and products to keep our children safe.
I was really glad that I found out about Coppertone‘s Making the Sunscreen Grade.” I am still learning the ropes of sending my oldest off to school and I didn’t even think about sun safety. I am now working on teaching my daughter how to stay safe as she is out in the sun. I just hope half of what I am talking about sinks in!
Early childhood education has always been extremely important to me. During and after college I taught 4 year olds at an academic preschool. I was also a teacher and therapist for children with autism. I knew even before I had children that I didn’t want to leave the teaching of my children entirely up to the public school system.
I began teaching my first son letter and sound recognition when he was just two years old. Once he’d mastered several letters I began to teach him blending and simple words using a highly effective phonics program developed at the preschool I’d worked at. He caught on at average speed, and was reading simple books by the time he entered kindergarten.
I have not been quite as proactive with Little Brother. Thanks so some great apps on my iPhone and iPad, however, he learned his letters and sounds without very little teaching on my part. It was at this very point in Little Brother’s reading progression when Jim, the creator of the Children Learning Reading program, emailed me and asked if I would review his program.
Like I said before, I’ve taught my son and many other children to read using a phonics program I have a very high opinion of. I am not a fan of the way most (not all) schools teach children to read. Knowing this, I want to tell you that I was impressed when I read the description of the Teaching Children to Read program:
The Children Learning Reading program is designed for parents with young children between the ages of 2 to 6 years old. It is designed to teach toddlers and small children to read effectively…If your child has learned to speak, then you can use this program to teach your child to read.
The central goal of the Children Learning Reading program is to help your child learn to decode printed text quickly and learn to read fluently through the critical process of developing phonemic awareness. Phonemic awareness is arguably one of the most important aspects of learning to read, and becoming a fluent reader…Jim & Elena’s Children Learning Reading program is an extremely simple, straight forward, and step-by-step program. Their program includes simple exercises and practices starting with the very first lessons that work to help your child develop phonemic awareness, and learn to read. Clinical studies, and even the National Reading Panel has stated that helping children develop phonemic awareness is one of the most effective ways to teach children to read.
The program itself is simple enough for parents who have absolutely no experience educating children. It is also designed to avoid frustration and burn out for the child. At the beginning of the program lessons are about 2-5 minutes long. Once your child has mastered the basic concepts of reading the lessons very gradually increase in length.
The program itself is laid out in a very logical progression. Introducing, first, letters and sounds, followed by short vowel words, diagraphs, silent e, etc. Simple, easy to sound out stories and rhymes are included in the program to give children a chance to practice what they learn.
The program also includes mp3 audio clips of many of the sounds introduced. You would not believe how many preschool children I taught pronounced letters like L, P, C incorrectly, saying “L-uh”, “P-uh”, “C-uh”. Proper pronunciation of letters makes sounding out words much easier!
When I started Little Brother on this program he knew about 75% of his letters and sounds already. Because of that we were able to combine several lessons into just a few. After learning and reviewing his letters and sound for a week and a half using lessons from the Children Learning Reading program, I introduced a few three letter words.
Here is a video of him reading on the first day we started reading words. The was his first time seeing the words he is sounding out.
The program is available in PDF format which makes it easy to print out parent teaching pages and reading pages for your child. And priced at just $49.95 it is a very affordable program. The other reading program I have (which takes a very similar approach to teaching) retails for $200.
The only thing I think could be improved upon is the parent sections. ’They are too long, and at times are a bit to academic for the average parent. At times I felt like I was reading a research paper, and I found myself trying to skim to the parts that would tell me how and what to teach my child. This, however, is simply a personal preference and doesn’t have anything to do with the effectiveness of the program.
Overall, I think the Children Learning Reading program is an affordable, effective, and easy to follow program (for both parent and child). I’d highly recommend this program to any parent looking for an effective way to teach their toddler or child to read!
You can visit the Children Learning Reading website to learn more about the program here.
Disclosure: I was provided with the above-mentioned product, at no cost to myself, for review purposes. All opinions expressed are honest and are entirely my own. This post contains affiliate links.
Separation anxiety is a hard thing to go through, both as a child and for the parents. And, it isn’t something that plagues a child for a few years in childhood and then magically disappears. It can affect a person for decades. At some point in childhood, it does go stealth, because children don’t want to be embarrassed or seem like a “baby” in front of their friends. However, it can still be there, lingering underneath the surface. Everyone assumes it has resolved itself and that “children are resilient.” Don’t be fooled. If left unresolved, it can come out in numerous other ways later. Fortunately, it can be avoided.
Here are three tips to avoid separation anxiety:
1 – Meeting Baby’s Needs: Answer the needs of your infant/baby immediately. Leaving a baby to cry in his crib when you want him to sleep, or wait for food on a certain schedule, relays the message that he is not important and that his needs may not be met. That is a scary place for a baby who is 100% reliant upon another person for survival. A baby needs to feel safe and loved. Your child will either believe in a loving and caring world, or a world in which everyone fends for themselves, there’s not enough to go around, and where love may or may not be present. As a parent, you have a lot of power over which belief your child takes on.
2 – Leaving Your Child at Daycare: If your child is having issues for any reason with being left at daycare, preschool, with a sitter, etc., leaving them anyway is not the best option. I know teachers and sitters may say, “She’ll be okay.” However, deep inside, all your child knows is that their #1 advocate (you) just walked out the door in their time of need. Instead, think “transition.” What does your child need for transition? As early as possible, begin having conversations with your children about being at daycare, with a sitter, or any other time away from mom and/or dad. Talk about when they are afraid, when they are not afraid, what they need, and how to bridge the gaps. You are not only helping them become more comfortable with being away (because you take the time to listen and care), but you are simultaneously planting seeds for a lifetime of open communication. It’s a dance. This isn’t all of it, but this will get you started. Having a teenager that comes to you for advice, insights or just a hearing ear starts with you opening the conversation as a baby, toddler, and young child. Taking the time to help them transition in the younger years will make a huge difference in your relationship over the course of many years to come.
3 – Sneaking out. When you drop off your children and they get “distracted,” how often do you rush off because you “lucked out” and won’t have a teary morning? Did you say “good-bye”? Even though it seems counter-intuitive, be sure you get their attention and say “good-bye” (or create your good-bye ritual before you walk in). Never “sneak” out. It may seem better and more convenient in the moment. However, internally, a child will make an unconscious mental and emotional note that you just left him. The mistrust that is created will linger. The more it happens, the less they trust you and the world around them. It may take longer in the beginning to say goodbye. However, remember that you are building something far more important in that moment. You are building trust. Trust is an essential element in parenting. You will need it in spades when they become teenagers. Start building it now.
Traci Carman is the Founder of “A Loving Way ~ How I Parent Makes a Difference”. She has been a mother for nearly 25 years and has three children. She is a Parenting Coach, Speaker and Author, and is certified in Coaching, Performance Consulting, Training of NLP and Neurological Repatterning, Reiki and Meditation. She is known for her practical and intuitive parenting style. (www.alovingway.com / 800-647-1171)
In the consumer world of today, living sustainably is becoming more and more important. Right in line with the importance of sustainable living is the importance of healthy living and healthy eating.
Over the past couple years my family and I have become increasingly aware of the importance of these three things, and, in turn, are trying to live healthier and more sustainably each day. We emphasize the importance of fresh fruits and vegetables in our diets, limit processed foods, and make sure that we all get outside for fresh air and exercise every day.
Our little family will make a difference (albeit a small one) in the world by trying to live a healthy, sustainable lifestyle. For there to be major change in the world, however, education is key.
Boys and Girls Clubs of America and Amway have teamed up to do just that. Boys and Girls Clubs of America and Amway are working together to help educate Club members about the importance of healthy diets and lifestyles. They have created 3 different initiatives to educate youth about sustainablilty and healthy eating habits.
POSITIVE SPROUTS® Sustainability Grants –Amway is providing $30,000 in Sustainability Grants to ten deserving Boys & Girls Clubs who previously received community gardens from Amway. The funds are designed to assist Clubs with the maintenance of their garden as well as improve nutrition for Club members. For more information on the POSITIVE SPROUTS program, click here: http://www.myclubmylife.com/
Garden In A Box Kits – Amway is donating 150 Garden In A Box kits to Boys & Girls Clubs who demonstrated an interest and need for establishing a community gardening program at their Club. The kit includes a variety of fruit and vegetable seeds and supplies Clubs need to get started.
POSITIVE SPROUTS® Curriculum – Amway is enabling the delivery of a healthy food curriculum to 4,000 Boys & Girls Clubs nationwide ensuring that all Clubs have access to educational materials promoting healthy eating habits.
If you have a local Boys and Girls Club, this is an awesome opportunity to get your kids active and excited about living a healthy lifestyle.
To learn more about the Boys and Girls Clubs of America and Amway partnership, or to find out how you too can join the cause click here.
Disclosure: I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Boys and Girls Clubs of America and Amway. I received a promotional item as a thank-you for participating.
With chilly weather coming up I was so excited to review Educational Insights new Magic Moves wand! The perfect toy for cold or rainy days, the Magic moves wand not only gets your kids moving, but it also gets them laughing!
Shake it up! Work it out! Magic Moves is all about…MOVIN’! Stomp like an elephant! Soar like an eagle! Ninety fun, physical commands, a twinkling light show, and a variety of musical styles get little ones up and keep them moving, exercising their bodies, creativity, and listening skills!
- Promotes creative movement, gross motor skills, and physical activity
- Develops listening skills and ability to follow directions; enriches vocabulary (sway, prowl, creep, leap…)
- Perfect for group activities
- Requires 3 AAA batteries (included)
- Grades Pre-K+
My boys are very active, but like all kids they love to watch TV. Magic Moves has become my new secret weapon! The boys have had a blast running around the living room pretending to soar like an eagle, slither like a snake, zoom like a jet, and many more. I wish they’d had this back when I taught preschool. This would have perfect for my classroom!
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Disclosure: I was provided with the above-mentioned product, at no cost to myself, in order to facilitate a review. All opinions expressed are honest and are my own.
As I’ve stated before, I LOVE homeschooling my children! There really isn’t anything I like better than the unlimited time I get to spend with my children while teaching them and watching them teach themselves. Though I know it is important for them to be able to do things just because it needs to get done, I love to offer them the opportunity to learn and have fun at the same time. Educational Insights provides that opportunity time and time again, and their Estimation Station fits that mold perfectly.
Here is a little bit about the Estimation Station:
No more wild guesses! The Estimation Station is the perfect way to teach your students to make logical, mathematical estimates. Simply send this jar home with a student to be filled and counted. Then fill the included proportional scoop and share that number with your class. Students use that information to formulate educated estimations about the number of pieces in the jar. Clearer and easier than home-made jars with hard-to-view contents.
-Includes 4″ plastic cube jar with locking lid and sturdy base and 2″ plastic cube scoop
-Activity guide with a week’s worth of activities including estimation, counting, place value, comparing and ordering numbers, making predictions, graphing, statistics, and mathematical reasoning
-Parent letter (in English and Spanish) with instructions on filling and counting the jar’s contents
-Teaches estimation and proportionality
As mentioned above, a parent letter comes with the Estimation Station that really make this SO easy to use at school, church, scouts, basically anywhere. The quality of this product lives up to the Education Insights reputation and is amazing.
One note to the parent. You are suppose to count the number of items you put into the canister. I advise you to choose items that are on the larger size. I used chickpeas and quit filling it after I got to 1000. It wasn’t even half way full! My husband was laughing at me for choosing something so “small”! Oh well, another lesson learned for mom. Haha!
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Today’s little ones are becoming more technologically capable than ever before. Therefore, it is no surprise that today’s leading toy manufactures are trying to keep up with the times in creating exciting, modern and innovative products. However, as tech-savvy as kids are these days, parents are still concerned about the educational content of the games their children are playing.
There is a new, very affordable toy, just out that I’m very excited about. I just saw it on Kickstarter and it looks awesome! Webee, comes with a simple to use interactive keyboard. Webee keyboard comes with only 4 buttons (red, yellow, blue and yellow). Webee is designed to rest over the keyboard of any laptop, meaning that Webee can be used in numerous locations (as long as there is an internet connection).Webee has loads of games to choose from, all providing some sort of educational lesson; as well as being interactive and fun.
Webee operates under a SaaS based system, meaning that its games, software, etc. are completely online- therefore there are no installations or downloads required. When first starting to use Webee, each user creates a unique online profile- allowing parents to track their child’s development in order to see what aspects they might need improvement in. Webee definitely helps in early childhood development; satisfying the necessary motor, cognitive, social and communicative skills. And at only $50, it is a rather great deal.
Another neat thing about the product is that it will soon come with an SDK (software development kit) allowing anyone with an idea and little bit of know-how to develop their own games for Webee’s online learning universe.
Also, Webee plans on releasing an Educator Development Kit (EDK), meaning it will soon be possible to create educational worksheets, lessons, and activities (from math, to spelling, to color recognition) using Webee’s games as a template. These worksheets, lessons, etc. can then be sold on Webee’s site to other parents or teachers looking for similar activities for their children- providing a nice possibility of a little additional income.
To learn more or to contribute to this Kickstarter campaign visit: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/webee/online-educational-gaming-ecosystem-for-children
Disclosure: I was not compensated in any way for this post. I think that Webee sounds like an awesome idea and just wanted to help spread the word.
My in-laws have a cabin up the mountains here in Utah that we like to get away to occasionally through out the year. The last time we were up there one of my sister-in-laws was playing a cute game with her toddler. It was called Scat the Cat and it was a very simply homemade game that taught colors. Basically it was a cat printed out in various colors and then you quiz the kids about what color the cat was. It was really cute.
So when I got home I found a picture of a cat and printed it off onto different colors of card stock. Then I cut them out and laminated them to make them a little more sturdy. And once those are cut out again its time to play the game!
Here is how you play the game.
Hold all the cats into one pile. Hold up the first cat and say “Scat the cat is big and fat, he changes colors just like that! What color is he?” Then the child tells you the color of the cat. (Or you can tell him what color the cat is). You repeat the saying with the next colored cat until you have gone through all the cats!
My kids thought it was a fun game and they even will say the saying and then tell me what color it is.
Here is a picture of a cat you can use or you can find a picture or your own to use. I have made a second set of cats that are harder colors. Like turquoise, hot pink and lime green.