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Reading: Best Books for the Holiday Season

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The holidays are here and with it comes many books to enjoy with your children. As a children’s picture book author, I am a sucker for great illustrations and, of course, a fun story. The following is a list of holiday books that include classic and new tales I think…

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Kids App: Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood—Play at Home With Daniel

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Kids mobile appMister Rogers’ Neighborhood was a television series created and hosted by Fred Rogers. The show aired from 1968 until August 2001. I can still remember watching this show as a kid and liked Mr. Rogers calm demeanor and the different songs and characters he showcased. Well,…

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Holiday: International Talk Like a Pirate Day is September 19

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Did you know that September 19th is International Talk Like a Pirate Day? In fact, this September marks the 10-year anniversary. Pirates have fascinated cultures for hundreds of years and if you have children, you have probably dressed them as a pirate for Halloween at least once. But what…

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Literacy: Closing the Gap

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According to research in Bridges to Literacy by David K. Dickenson, the home environment – specifically the reading material that is readily available – is a stronger predictor of later academic achievement than socioeconomic status. Let’s compare the statistics.  Research shows that children from high-income communities have 199.1 books per

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Literacy: How to Help Your Kids Love Reading and Writing

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As parents, most of us have heard how important it is to encourage a love of reading and writing early in our children’s developmental process. The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) defines literacy as the “ability to identify, understand, interpret, create, communicate, and compute using printed…

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Kids Apps: Disney Storybook Apps Sure to Entertain

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Apple’s app store hit 25 billion downloads this past March. According to a report by Telenav that was released last August, iPhone users were twice as likely as Android users to spend more than $40 on apps for their smartphones. And reports from Appsfire shows the average iPhone user…

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Organization: Steps to an Organized Life

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If you ask most moms what they never have enough of, the answer just might be time. As moms, we are constantly on the go; attempting to do our best as a mom, a wife, and a friend. One of the ways that we can save time is by…

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Steps to Handle Bullying

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Growing up, many of us experienced some form of bullying. Either we were the victim of it or watched other be bullied. Unfortunately, it is a common experience for many children and adolescents. When I was in 3rd grade, a group of girls started bullying me so…

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Kids Apps: Avengers and Superhero Apps Review

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As the  mother of an active five-year-old tomboy who enjoys superheroes just as much as the next kid, I am always on the lookout for a good superhero story. Disney does a great job with their newest app additions: The Avengers Origins: Assemble and Avengers Origins: Hulk.

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Kids Apps: Review of Two Educational and Health Centered Apps

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This past January, Apple announced that it would be introducing a new iPad textbook experience and iBooks authoring tool that would present many opportunities to use this technology in the classroom. They started selling textbooks from McGraw-Hill, Pearson and Houghton Mifflin at prices comparable to the print, or as I…

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