Robyn’s Education World

Robyn’s Education World

I firmly believe we all should learn new things every single day.

Play and Learn Ideas

Family Fun and Educational Too!

I've curated this collection of products which are great for family fun but at the same time educational. Some of the items are orginally designed for at home and others are targeted toward teachers. Regardless of that, taking time to add to learning time at home by way of playing ...
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17 Ways for Parents and Students to Use Smartphone Cameras During the School Year PLUS 6 Super Useful Apps for Students | Robyns.World

17 Ways for Parents & Students to Use Smartphone Cameras During School Year +6 Super Student Apps

Smartphone cameras can be used as a powerful tool during the school year for both parents and students. Mom and Dad can utilize the camera as a great way to store important paperwork and information, create ways to reinforce learning at home, along with documenting the kids' journey throughout the ...
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Total Solar Eclipse Resources

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 ...
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Solar Eclipse Music Playlist | Robyns.World

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 ...
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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 ...
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Dictionary Infographic

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 ...
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Tech tips for parents for back to school season

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 ...
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Back-to-School Facts Infographic | Robyns.World

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 ...
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Noke Bluetooth Padlock Giveaway - Perfect for Back-to-School #Noke #VZWBuzz | Robyns.World

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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Fun and Educational Summer and Preventing the Summer Slide Plus 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 ...
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Educational Toys - Infographic and Toy Suggestions | Robyns.World

Educational Toys – Suggestions and Infographic

This week's infographic is about educational toys. While the twins are a bit young for most toys, it is still something I am already thinking of as their grandma. When my son (the twins daddy) was young I really tried to purchase toys that were not only fun but also ...
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Hubby Reviews MusicSchoolOnline.com

Learn to play music and sing at MusicSchoolOnline.com

The folks at MusicSchoolOnline.com recently asked if I was interested in reviewing their online courses (disclosure - I was provided free service to facilitate this review). While I am not a musician, Hubby is! He loves to play guitar and to sing. So he has been trying out MusicSchoolOnline.com for ...
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Infographic: October's Birthstone, the Opal

Infographic: Opal, the October Birthstone

Happy birthday to all of you celebrating in the month of October! I have always been mesmerized by opals so I thought this week it would be appropriate to share an Opal Infographic so we could all learn a little more about this beautiful stone ...
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Fruit of the Loom

T-Shirt and Underwear Basics

While most have bought the kids new clothes for school this fall, one thing people often forget are the new underwear and t-shirts. The brand I buy for Hubby and T is Fruit of the Loom. They recently sent some free samples of boxers and t-shirts for T and that ...
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Infographic: Elephants for Elephant Appreciation Day

I shared on my recent posts about things to celebrate in September and one of those things is Elephant Appreciation Day on September 22. Elephants are such amazing creatures - I love watching shows about them on TV. Visiting the Elephant House at the zoo when I was a kid ...
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Infographic - How Video Games Are Changing Education - Robyns.World

National Video Games Day and Infographic: How Video Games Are Changing Education

Today, September 12, is National Video Games Day! w00t! These unique holidays are fun for me. I am definitely a child who was brought up playing video games. Back then we just thought of them as fun. Today education has jumped on the gaming bandwagon though and is a great ...
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Back To School Ideas for Studying and Organization | RobynsOnlineWorld.com

Cool Back-to-School Ideas

I am a HUGE fan of so many 3M products. Two of my favorites are Post-It and Command items. Both of these are awesome for back-to-school season to help with both parents and students. I've gathered up some of their fantastic ideas to share with you today. The Great Dorm ...
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Knowing Your Child's Learning Style Can Make Homework Time Easier | RobynsOnlineWorld.com

Knowing Your Child’s Learning Style Can Make Homework Time Easier

Even though my son is out of school I still get caught up in the back-to-school excitement this time of year. We did a combination of public school and homeschooling with T growing up, based on his needs at the time. One of the most important and helpful things I ...
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Back to school with SanDisk Memory from Best Buy

Back-to-School with SanDisk Memory from Best Buy

These days students do so much of their school work in digital formats that most parents, even in grade school, are finding memory devices on the required school supply list when the kids head back to school. While I love cloud storage for many things, it is not always an ...
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The Science of Happiness

August is Happiness Happens Month and the Science of Happiness Infographic

You all know I love unique holidays and celebrations and I just found out that August is Happiness Happens Month! This celebration is made for people like me! Being happy has got to be the best thing – I mean what is not to love about it? This week’s infographic ...
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Missouri Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday 2015

Missouri Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday

Here is Missouri our schools tend to start back for the new school year in mid-August. Early I know compared to many other states, but that's the way it is. To help families save a bit of money on back-to-school shopping, Missouri has a sales tax holiday each year. This ...
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Using Photos as Writing Prompts for Kids, Teens, and Adults | RobynsOnlineWorld.com

Using Photos for Writing Prompts for Kids, Teens, and Adults

During summer break kids, of all ages, can really get creative with their writing. I’ve done a few posts with lists of writing prompts for diaries, journals, and stories, 83 Teen Writing Prompts and 77 More Teen Writing Prompts. Today I want to share another great way to get minds thinking ...
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How Fireworks Work - Infographic

INFOGRAPHIC: The Workings of Fireworks

Happy 4th of July! I found a great infographic this week on the workings of fireworks which includes a cross-section view. We love stuff like this in our home! I'm not sure if the Discovery Channel or Learning Channel (or along those lines) will be running their firework shows this ...
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Make your own solar powered phone charger

Build Your Own Solar-Powered Phone Charger

Summer is here and the sun is out. Why not use the sun to your advantage and make yourself a solar-powered phone charger. This is also a great project for the kids to keep them learning this summer. My son loved making science projects like this all the time. I found ...
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Win a Big Tractors with Casey & Friends book and Toy Tractor from RobynsOnlineWorld.com

Who doesn’t love tractors? PLUS Giveaway

What exactly is it about tractors that people love? I'm not exactly sure but I know Hubby loves them and all the little boys I know do too. Heck, girls and women also are tractor fans. There are books, songs, shows, collectors, toys, and tons of other tractor stuff out ...
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Animated Chart of North American Butterflies

Learn About Butterflies Day – Infographic

Today is "Learn About Butterflies Day" so I had to find a fun infographic for this week that was about butterflies. I love this animated one with 42 butterflies of North America that is animated! Amazing work by Tabletop Whale on this creation! I actually came across another wonderful infographic ...
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How to Tell Your Valentine "I Love You" in ASL and How Not to Say It

It is just a week until Valentine's Day and I found this great infographic that shows us not only the proper way to say "I Love You" using American Sign Language (ASL) but also shows you how not to say it. While Hubby may appreciate the "rock on" sign generally, ...
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INFOGRAPHIC: Get a College Degree Without Breaking the Bank

There has been a lot of talk about college in the last couple of days with President Obama's idea for free community college. I am for that idea and think it would benefit a great many students. Since that plan is not in place yet I found this week's infographic ...
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Rock 'N Learn DVD Set Giveaway and Special Offer

Rock ‘N Learn 10 DVD Math & Science Collection Deal and Giveaway

In my email I get a lot offers to review various items. I say no to a great majority of them, but then there are those that stand out. Today Rock 'N Learn jumped out at me. Why? Because as a former homeschooler and a parent who supplemented education during ...
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National School Backpack Awareness Day

National School Backpack Awareness Day and a Tablet That Can Replace a Laptop

Today is National School Backpack Awareness Day created by the American Occupational Therapy Association. This is actually an important topic as, according to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, there were more than 22,000 people treated for backpack related injuries in the US last year. That figure included 8,500 children ...
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Microsoft & Parade Magazine present: Technology in Education, a panel discussion

Technology In Education

Recently Microsoft and Parade Magazine asked me to participate on a panel about technology in education (disclosure - I was compensated for my time). Education has always been a high priority for me as a parent and technology has played a big part in my son's education. I was honored ...
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77 Teen Writing Prompts and Journal Starters plus ideas for using them at home too! | Robyns.World

77 More Teen Writing Prompts

One of the more popular posts on my blog is 83 Teen Writing Prompts from way back in January of 2012. While it is titled for teens, really anyone can use it. Writing prompts are a great way to encourage daily journal writing and free flow thinking. There are no ...
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Imagine Cup World Finals Winners

Last week I was honored to attend Microsoft's YouthSpark Imagine Cup World Finals in Seattle, Washington. Thank you so much to Microsoft for providing me this chance and providing for my expenses. These teens and young adults competing in the Imagine Cup just blew me away with their innovation, imagination, ...
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Microsoft’s 2014 Imagine Cup

Tuesday morning I am headed to Seattle to attend Microsoft's 2014 Imagine Cup finals. If you are unfamiliar the Microsoft Imagine Cup is the world's premier student technology competition. It is open to students 16+ years in high school or college and that includes homeschoolers (I love that). The competition ...
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Supermoon Infographic

Quick Facts About the Supermoon [infographic]

The moon looks bigger tonight, it’s the supermoon! Go outside and take a look. We actually will have more of these larger than usual moon appearances this summer. This week's infographic is of course all about this super moon phenomena. Did you go outside to take a look? Did it ...
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T is a high school graduate!

He graduated!

Happy dance, happy dance, happy dance! That is the special proud mom happy dance actually! So while I knew that my son, Taylor, had completed the requirements to graduate in December, today he was finally able to pick up his actual diploma at his high school. Yay!!!! Taylor does not ...
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Free Bing Lesson Plans to extend summer learning with your kids | RobynsOnlineWorld.com

Free lesson plans from Bing are great to extend learning in summer

While most of the USA has a typical school year with several weeks in the summer off, that really is not the greatest for our kids as far as retention and learning. My son is older now, but we always did things to extend learning in a fun way at ...
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Words I Love: Aristotle's educated minds quote

Words I Love: …educated mind…

It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. – Aristotle Being open to new thoughts and ideas is crucial to being able to grow and learn. If we only can hear what we already know and believe we become stagnant ...
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Musical Apps for Little Kids | RobynsOnlineWorld.com

Musical Apps for Little Kids

Kids love anything that makes noise. As adults, we tend to like that noise better if it has some sort of musical quality to it. Here are a few smartphone apps that you should check out with your little kids and enjoy the music. These musical apps are suited for ...
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Words I Love: Never make the same mistake twice or you'll never get around to all of them. | RobynsOnlineWorld.com

Words I Love: Never make the same mistake twice…

We all make mistakes. Honestly, we have to make them in order to learn I think. So this week's Words I Love is one of my favorite quotes about making mistakes. I make plenty of them but I try to take them all as opportunities to learn and grow as ...
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Daylight Savings Time [infographic]

Tonight we spring forward. I personally find moving the clocks back and forth a goofy practice but I have an idea that my opinion does not matter much to end this craziness. Go figure! Hubby is very happy though because it will be light when he gets home from work ...
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Lola's Math Train 2 App Review

App Review: Lola's Math Train 2

The folks at Lola’s Math Train 2 provided me a free copy of their app to review. This is the first I had heard of their series but you all know me, I love apps. Even though my son is an adult (gulp) now and out on his own, I ...
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A Perspective on Time [infographic]

Wow, I found a great infographic to share with you all this week. With the end of the year approaching the concept of time is often considered. This infographic, A Perspective on Time, really does a great job showing us just that. I always find it remarkable how we perceive ...
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Shape Sorting Fun with Scrambled Eggs

My nephew Colby is showing us another fun toy that Reeves Intl sent to us to try out. This has turned out to be one of his favorite toys actually. It is the Toy Scrambled Eggs for ages 18+ months. His mom said he pulls these out often and enjoys ...
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15 Things You Didn't Know About Your Tongue - Infographic

15 Things You Didn’t Know About Tongues [infographic]

Do we give enough credit to our tongues? Probably not. This week’s infographic shares 15 things you probably did not know about your tongue. By the way, I can curl my tongue into a tube shape, can you? ...
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Pretend & Play Cash Register

Cash Register Play for Preschoolers

The big kids are headed back to school this time of year for lots of new learning experiences. Just because the preschoolers are not in a classroom does not mean they cannot be having new learning experiences also. Just like we buy back to school supplies for the older kids, ...
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back to school memories from the 70s and 80s #ThrowbackThursday

Back to School Memories – Throwback Thursday

It has been a few weeks since I have done a Throwback Thursday, but today it returns with some of my back to school memories from the late 70s and early 80s. Trapper Keeper These were those big, and apparently expensive at the time, binders that were supposed to keep ...
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Should You Buy or Rent Textbooks? [infographic]

It is back to school time and one thing that hits college kids and their families hard is the price of textbooks. They are incredibly expensive often and I often hear that in the end they are not even used very much by some professors. That would make me a ...
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Back to School Memories

Favorite Things for Back to School Time

It has been a long time since I was in traditional school and my son is done now too. Sigh. I love back to school time and this year it is so odd not having anyone going back to school in our home. Nonetheless, I am going to enjoy some ...
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What Does Your Handwriting Say About You [infographic]

Happy Saturday! It is time for another weekly infographic and I found this one fascinating! The topic is graphology, or the study of handwriting. How we write can convey certain aspects of our personality. As I read this infographic I kept writing things on paper to see where I fell ...
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Not Graduating…YET

Today I am feeling a little sad because my son, T, will not be graduating this month like we had originally planned. He will still graduate, but he does not have enough hours in for the work study part of his program just yet. Sigh. I try very hard not ...
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Write, Read, Do

Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing --Benjamin Franklin ...
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Proms Over the Years for Throwback Thursday

There is a lot of prom talk everywhere this time of year. My son keeps talking about his prom and going back and forth about attending, who knows what he will do though. It is a unique experience in our lives and once the opportunity has passed it is gone ...
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Windows 8 Apps for Preschoolers | Robyns.World

Windows 8 Apps for Preschoolers

Disclosure: I am a member of the Windows Champions team and the Microsoft Surface Ambassadors which provides me certain benefits. The opinions are totally my own. I have not been compensated to write about or review these apps. Windows 8 is the operating system I use on my computers and ...
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Pi Day is March 14

Celebrate Pi Day 3.14 and Einstein’s Birthday

Today is Pi Day! Are you celebrating with some fun creative math? Or how about celebrating pi with pie? Along with the fun of Pi Day, today is also Albert Einstein’s birthday! For those who may have forgotten, pi is a mathematical number. It is written in numerical form as ...
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Fat Letters from School

Schools in North Andover, Massachusetts are now measuring students BMI (Body Mass Index) and sending letters home to the parents of students who are obese and those who are underweight. The focus in the news has been on the “fat letters” and the stories all just tag on about the ...
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I Voted

Yes, I voted today. I actually took a photo of my ballot - just the small area for president and - and then after I was back home I shared it over social media. Imagine my surprise when a gazillion people on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram informed me there were ...
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Save on paper and ink PLUS a free printables blog hop

While I am no longer a homeschooling parent, I still have lots of friends who do homeschool. I think my brain may appear to be stuck in homeschool mode, but it is really because I just think everyone should always learn everyday. I just happened across this free printables blog ...
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More Back-To-School Supplies from HP and Snapfish (plus giveaway)

The kids are all back in school at this point, but that does not necessarily mean that the back-to-school shopping is finished. Teachers may have given you a list of supplies, but life hands us another list that make school easier for us and our kids. HP offers a great ...
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No self respecting woman…

No self respecting woman should wish or work for the success of a party that ignores her self. -- Susan B. Anthony, 1872 Photograph of Suffragettes, Kenyon Hayden Rector, Mary Dubrow, and Alice Paul standing outside the 1920 Republican Convention in Chicago and holding a banner, "No self respecting woman ...
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Gutzy Gear Giveaway for Back to School

We love for kids to express their own style, but there style can change quickly. Backpacks are a cool way to do this but they can get expensive. Instead, how about getting one quality backpack and let the kids change them up with Gutzy Gear? This is a very clever idea ...
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Grooming Your Son for College plus Giveaway

Many of us have sons that will soon be headed off to college. Preparing our boys for this big transition is  totally different that sending them off to say, 7th grade was. Not only do the supply lists change dramatically at college, but I think as parents we feel this ...
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2012 London Summer Olympics

Let the games begin! Olympic Resources

Even though I am not a sports person usually, I do like to watch part of the Olympics sports when they are on. Gymnastics and diving are probably my favorites for the summer Olympic games. Whether you are having a viewing party with friends or just watching on your own, ...
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Learning to fly…

I saw this on TV this morning and just loved it. Not because I am a big Dell fan, I am, but because of the story itself. This is how I would like to think I would have done things as a child had I had today’s technology then. Teaching ...
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Keep Kids Learning at Home

Keep the Kids Learning at Home

This back-to-school season, Kimberly-Clark and Colgate-Palmolive have partnered with HealthyChildren.org and Dr. Alanna Levine to provide moms with helpful tips to set their kids up for success as they head back to school, and Clever Girls Collective is joining in on the fun!  #HealthyHabits #CGC I love learning. I always have ...
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Instant Wild App

I found a fun app – great for kids and adults. Instant Wild lets you subscribe to various motion-sensor cameras mounted on game preserves around the globe. The cameras snap photos when there is motion and you are alerted that a new photo is available. In the app you can ...
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Parallel Universes…. I wonder

So my brain just started wandering and wondering the other day. It must have been after watching Through the Wormhole most likely. One of the ideas is that we are one “being” but spread out onto infinite parallel universes and we can “move” that sense of “being” from universe to ...
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No laws for soda sizes please, education instead

I am fat and I do drink soda – too much soda. It is a constant battle for me. However, I am strongly opposed to a law that limits the sizes of drinks I can buy as is being pushed for New York City. Laws are not the answer. Education ...
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Where the Wild Things Are Author Maurice Sendak Dies

This morning I heard on the Today show that author and illustrator, Maurice Sendak, passed away. Most people know him from his book, Where the Wild Things Are, which was originally published in 1963. I remember growing up with that book. In elementary school we always had story time and ...
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Ivory Soap Experiment

Ivory Cloud Science Fun

Have I mentioned I love the internet? Well, I do and one of the reasons is because I come across fun ideas often that we try here at my home. The other day on Pinterest I found a great pin an ivory soap experiment – the original post is fabulous ...
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Saint Louis Bread Company Top Teacher

St. Louis Bread Company (and Panera Bread) Top Teacher

Here in St. Louis Panera Bread is called St. Louis Bread Company – but yes it is the same as Panera Bread that you have in other parts of the country. Right now they are having a contest is select markets – St. Louis, Washington DC, Detroit, Dallas, Indianapolis, Minneapolis, ...
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Peeps Science

Peeps Must Die

Poor peeps. I am not normally a violent person, but there is something about those Peeps that irk me. Therefore, rather than eating them (I hate the taste too), I nuke them in the microwave! Sorry Peeps. This is actually a great science experiment to try with the kids. Ask ...
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School Lockers

Back to school he goes

My son will not leave you bored if nothing else. He had decided to leave school and get his GED. Now plans have changed again. He is enrolled at high school again to work on getting his diploma. Luckily there is a special program he is working to get in ...
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Magic Broom Trick

Mystify the kids with the broom standing alone

We have all seen Sorcerer Mickey with his magic broom, now you can make people think you have one of your own. While this may seem like magic, there is actually some science behind it. A great learning opportunity for everyone in the family. There are all sorts of things ...
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Diversity on Demand – Learn and Win

My best friend, Danyelle, is fabulous, a female, mom, wife, blogger, trendsetter, problem solver, great with words, a St. Louisan, a chameleon with her hair, shopper, go-getter, leader, listener, has a great shoulder to lean on, direct, oh and she happens to be black. I don’t not notice it, but ...
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LeapFrog Numberland DVD and Giveaway

LeapFrog has a brand new DVD, Scout & Friends Numberland that hits stores today (Jan 31, 2012). The video will show you what the kids say, but give an explanation to you as to what the video can help your child learn.   Math was a fun subject for me ...
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Wordless Wednesday – what is it?

Guess what it is - be specific! ...
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83 Teen Writing Prompts

This evening I was looking through some of our homeschooling materials from our last year of homeschooling (yes I still miss it) and I came across the list of writing prompts that my son used during his junior high years. I thought some of you who homeschool might like this ...
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Bill Gates Is Better Than Batman [infographic]

This comes from FrugalDad. A nice infographic about the good work that Bill Gates has done. While he still has plenty of money left, I commend him on giving what he has as well as other wealthy people who give a lot. Remember, no one must give their money away ...
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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr

MLK Day Is Not Just a Black Holiday

Today marks Martin Luther King Jr. Day which is a relatively new holiday for the USA. Sadly, many think of it as a “black holiday” in that only black people would celebrate it. Even more sad is that I have heard people say that they would work today on purpose ...
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iBoy – Book Gift Idea and Giveaway

Another great gift idea for the teen readers, especially boys, on your gift list. iBoy by Kevin Brooks. This would be for teens around 14-17 who enjoy science fiction. I love the idea of this book, and plan on reading it myself, because it is about this teen who had ...
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$20,000 College Scholarship from KFC via Twitter

My son is not a senior in high school yet, but it is approaching soon and so I am starting to keep my eyes open to scholarship opportunities in case he decides to go that route (he is undecided). Yesterday KFC contacted me about a college scholarship they are offering ...
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Why Herman Cain Is Like a Mom Blogger

Let me preface this by saying I am not a Republican - I am (as my regular readers know) a pretty liberal minded person. However, paying attention to all the people vying for the presidency I feel is important to all citizens. Also, this comparison has nothing to do with ...
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Goosie Custom Flash Cards and Giveaway

This is one of my favorite items I have come across lately. While I opted to make custom flash cards for my new nephew of his family, Goosie cards have a huge range of ways to help kids – including special needs kids! The idea is simple, use your own ...
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Are your kids ready for algebra?

My son is in high school and is taking algebra now, but it is not his strongest subject. I think the biggest reason for that is because he has struggled with math for many years. What amazes me though is that he understands some more in depth processes, but some ...
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Have You Talked To Your Teen About Safe Spending

You may have caught some of my previous posts on talking to teens about money. I freely admit that this is a weak area for me to actually put into practice, but I am trying very hard to teach Taylor to do better when he is an adult and get ...
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St. Charles High School

A School Bomb Threat Today

Yes, you read that right. Today at Taylor’s campus there was a bomb threat. ACK! What is wrong with our world where kids and parents have to worry about bombs in their schools? Taylor was the first to alert me. He sent me a text this morning about it. I ...
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Amulet Book Four: The Last Council Giveaway

Books, especially those that appeal to boys, are always great to share with you all. The Amulet series isn’t just for boys though, I know plenty of girls would enjoy the series also. If your young readers are into the fantasy genre this is for them! I love that the ...
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T.J. Maxx and Marshalls Giveaway

T.J. Maxx Back to School Shopping Trip & Giveaway

My son is a teenager which means he has totally his own style and preference on clothes and it is impossible for me to actually shop for him anymore. He apparently is tired of most of the stores I take him to for shopping also because he was happy to ...
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Wordless Wednesday – School Memories

Yes, that’s me back in elementary school with my science project on which detergent worked best. See, even back then I was reviewing products! I won 1st place! ...
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Super easy back to school supply shopping

Do you get the list from the teacher that has 117 things on it and you can’t find some of the items at your local store? Ugh, I used to find that SO annoying! A local mom here in St. Louis has started AmericanStudentSupply.com where you can get your school/grade ...
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Cute Panda Bear

Panda Smiles – Adorable Panda Bear Pics Guaranteed to Make You Smile

My mom sent this to me in an email - I thought I would share - so cute! Mom? Can you come and get me down now? I'm not coming out. You'll have to come in and get me. Kung Fu Panda...bring it on! On the count of three.... Lift! ...
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Facebook, Teachers, and Students

There is a lot of talk about not allowing teachers to “friend” students on Facebook or other like social media platforms. The conversation is even more heated here in Missouri based on the recently enacted Senate Bill 54 Amy Hestir Student Protection Act, more commonly called the Facebook Act because ...
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Dialect Vlog #7 – how do you say…..

It’s time for another dialect vlog - I hope you all play along. Even if you don’t have a blog you could make the video on YouTube even and link that up. If you play along make sure you link up and get all the scoop, including the list of ...
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Weiner Twitter Scandal

So the other day when the Weiner Twitter scandal started making news I saw that first picture and thought big whoop-de-doo. I still feel that way about that picture (it's the only one I've seen). However, my opinion is changing the more I learn, maybe.... The problem is that more ...
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Cooking and Science

Turn Cooking Into Science Class

If you have been reading my blog for a while you know that I used to homeschool my son, Taylor. Rather than use a regular curriculum all the time, I really tried to find ways to incorporate specific lessons into everyday living. Last night on Top Chef Masters reminded me ...
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