24 March 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Super Scratch Programming Adventure! (Covers Version 2): Learn to Program by Making Cool Games

I have had a “Love/Hate” relationship with the Scratch programming language for years. I love it because it is easy to to simple things. I hated it because I never had the time to really dig in. The Super Scratch Programming Adventure! gave me the perfect opportunity to sit back, relax, and give it another […]

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19 March 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Sophie Hartley and the Facts of Life Hardcover by Stephanie Greene

Only one thing is constant, and that is change. While that is true for everyone, Sophie Hartley wants to try and keep things the same. This book is about dealing with changes in relationship and roles from the perspective of a 10 year old who does not want puberty to happen. As the mother of […]

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09 October 2013 ~ 0 Comments

XO 7-inch Kids Tablet XO-780

My husband is a teacher and this looked like the perfect tablet to have in a classroom. He really likes tapping into the kids personal vision for their future, so the “Dreams” selections seemed perfect. However, he soon realized that while good, this tablet was far from perfect for the classroom. Here is what he […]

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07 October 2013 ~ 0 Comments

Ravensburger Science X Nature’s Energy Activity Kit

My daughter loves science. We were looking for some enrichment activities to keep her interest going (the beginning of year review really got her bored at school). She really took to this kit. The only thing about it was she kept asking for things we didn’t have. We buy milk in a jug (requires a […]

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11 September 2013 ~ 0 Comments

Arthur Pong And His Smelly Song (Fart Stories: Children’s Picture Book) by Jose Fernandez (Author)

What do you get when you cross Shel Silverstein and a fart joke? I could really see this being a nice introduction to poetry for some hard to win over young children. Especially boys seem to really be into the potty humor of this book, and if it was a bridge to something more, it […]

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28 June 2013 ~ 0 Comments

Guest Post by Meg Welch Dendler, Author of Why Kimba Saved the World

Tell us about yourself… I spent 15 years working with young children, 10 of those as a classroom teacher. I have been writing since I was a little girl and have always wanted to be a full-time author. For many years I did freelance work while I was teaching and raising my daughters. Now writing […]

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24 June 2013 ~ 0 Comments

Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume

Like every other girl that was raised in the 80s, I read just about every Judy Blume book that I could get my hands on. Twice. Or more. They made those feelings of not fitting in and awkwardness okay. Maybe not exactly normal, but okay. They also taught me that sometimes you just have to […]

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05 November 2012 ~ 0 Comments

Bop It! Smash

We had a great time with this toy… for an hour or so. The problem is that it really only does one thing and once you do it, over and over again, it kind of loses it’s luster. If the volume was more adjustable, I would say road trips would be good (or better yet, […]

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17 October 2012 ~ 0 Comments

What Doesn’t Kill You: A Boarding School Memoir by Simon Wilson

Let me get this out about this book first… the cover is terrible and doesn’t do the book justice. When I first saw it, I thought it was a bad graveyard horror novel. Having said that, we all have different tastes so I’m really glad I didn’t let that first knee-jerk reaction affect my decision […]

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17 September 2012 ~ 0 Comments

Guest Post by Betty Mermelstein, author of Jib and Spinnaker: Sailors of the Low Seas

Sometimes there’s a fine line between fantasy and reality and sometimes not so much. Outside my window is the reality of my backyard, where sometimes nature rears its ugly head. Why mother birds build nests on precarious shelves under my roof, I’ll never know. I’ve saved two baby mourning doves, frantically calling around for bird […]

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