Total Solar Eclipse Roundup: Make your own safe eclipse viewer, crafts, recipes, worksheets and more

Total Solar Eclipse Roundup: Make your own safe eclipse viewer, crafts, recipes, worksheets and more

The world is ending!!! No, no, no, really it is not, it is just a total solar eclipse. While it seems like a very rare occurrence, solar eclipses happen on a fairly regular basis. This one seems bigger because there is a great viewing path across the United States. I am in St. Louis, Missouri and the path goes right over my area so it is huge news here. The McDonnell Planetarium, part of the St. Louis Science Center, has a lot of info and activities planned for our area. I encourage everyone to take the time to learn more … Continue Reading →
Solar Eclipse Music Playlist

Solar Eclipse Music Playlist

In case you haven’t heard, there is a total solar eclipse coming soon. I plan on watching the eclipse myself and created a Solar Eclipse Music playlist on Microsoft Groove Music to listen to during the event. I have tried to include songs from several genres so there is something for everyone. Solar Eclipse Playlist Black Hole Sun by Soundgarden Bark at the Moon by Ozzy Osbourne Eclipse by Pink Floyd Sunshine on My Shoulders by John Denver Ring of Fire by Johnny Cash Total Eclipse by Iron Maiden King of Pain by The Police Eclipse by John Denver Black … Continue Reading →
Excessive and/or Idiotic Actual School Supply Lists for Back to School

Excessive and/or Idiotic Actual School Supply Lists for Back to School

It is back-to-school season and I am constantly dumbfounded and amazed at some of the required school supply lists that schools give. The elementary school lists seem to be the most problematic for me. My own son graduated from school a while back and my granddaughters are not old enough for school just yet but I still keep on these things. When I was a little kid I remember we need basics on our back-t0-school lists: pencils, crayons, notebooks, folders, scissors, glue, school box. That list alone, even for today, can be bought easily for less than $10 at most. … Continue Reading →
Dictionary Day – October 16

Dictionary Day – October 16

Raise your hand if you love a dictionary! This was always one of my favorite things as a kid – I would scour through our dictionary not just for the words, but the one we had always had tons of great stuff like atlases, word origins, and so much more in the front and the back. So when I saw that October 16 was Dictionary Day in honor of Noah Webster’s birthday, born in 1758, I knew I had to share this infographic. The infographic this week explains how a word gets into the dictionary. Do you love the dictionary … Continue Reading →
Tech Tips for Parents for Back-to-School – Do you know how to do these things?

Tech Tips for Parents for Back-to-School – Do you know how to do these things?

Fall is on the way and that means the new school year begins. Schools are getting better about using technology not only in the classroom, but also to share information and stay in touch with parents during the school year. This means that parents need to know more about using tech also. Here is a list of tech things parents of students need to know as school starts again. If you are unsure how to do these things make sure you learn. Ask friends and family, school, or leave a question below and I will try to help. Access Grades … Continue Reading →
Back To School Facts – Infographic

Back To School Facts – Infographic

The new school year starts at very different times around the country, here in the St. Louis area it seems to start sooner than many places. I’m in a suburb of St. Louis, St. Charles, and the kids head back to school this week – August 11! Wowsa! Growing up we generally started the last Monday in August in my district (not where I live now). It was always the day after the Anheuser-Busch family picnic which was one of the most fun things about summer for me. My dad, and many other family members, all worked at AB and … Continue Reading →
Noke Bluetooth Padlock – Perfect for Back to School PLUS GIVEAWAY

Noke Bluetooth Padlock – Perfect for Back to School PLUS GIVEAWAY

For those of you with teens who are headed back to school and who love technology I have an amazing new product to share with you today. Disclosure: This is part of my work as a Verizon #VZWBuzz Ambassador, opinions are my own. If they had this when I was in high school I would be all over it! The Noke, pronounced as no-key (get-it), is a padlock but instead of using a key or turning a dial for the combination on the lock you use your phone connected via Bluetooth to open the lock! Even if you aren’t into technology … Continue Reading →
Untranslatable Words From Other Cultures Infographic

Untranslatable Words From Other Cultures Infographic

This week’s infographic is all about words. Specifically 11 untranslatable words from other cultures. It is always so interesting to me to learn words and phrases and their origins. If you are familiar with the late comic, George Carlin, you might remember his fascination with language as well. Napalm and Silly Putty is one of Carlin’s books that is all about words and phrases and is not only interesting but also hysterical, I highly recommend it. Another great book, although not funny, is the QPB Encyclopedia of Word and Phrase Origins by Robert Hendrickson. This one has over 9000 words and … Continue Reading →
Keeping Summer Fun

Keeping Summer Fun

Summer is here and that means it’s time for baseball games, barbecues, camping trips and other vacations. However, it’s also a time for continued learning, whether you’re staying at home or out on the go exploring your community and beyond. Research shows that children who don’t read over the summer risk losing up to three months of important skills they obtained during the school year, and for students from economically disadvantaged communities, as many as 80 percent are at risk of falling behind academically. “The summer learning slide is an issue for most children,” said Carol H. Rasco, president and … Continue Reading →
Preventing the Summer Slide and Tips for a Fun and Educational Summer + Infographic

Preventing the Summer Slide and Tips for a Fun and Educational Summer + Infographic

Summer is here and I think just about all the kids are finally on summer break from school. “Summer Slide” is the term used for the kids when they lose some of what they learned in the school year over the summer break. It is well documented. It doesn’t mean that kids have to do traditional studying in the summer, but there are fun activities you can guide them towards to help curb that summer slide and keep them actually learning over the summer. This week’s infographic also shares some interesting information about summer learning. According to a University of … Continue Reading →