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 →
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 →
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 →
Educational Toys – Suggestions and Infographic

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 educational. Many toys can become educational if you use your imagination as well. I think math and literacy are the easiest ways to make any toy educational. Think of simple counting and math equations for math and story telling, consecutive order and the like for literacy. Open ended play toys … Continue Reading →
Learn to play music and sing at 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 a couple of weeks for me and is sharing his experiences here today. This service is perfect for kids, teens, and even adult education. It is also a great resource for those who homeschool. Hubby has been setting up his man cave over the last several weeks as well and … Continue Reading →
Infographic: Elephants for Elephant Appreciation Day

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 was one of my favorite things too. So for this week’s infographic I found this interesting one about some basic elephant information. What do you love about elephants?   Infographic Source: Stephanie Blackwell   Continue Reading →
National Video Games Day and Infographic: How Video Games Are Changing Education

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 tool to help kids learn. With my own son we used a lot of various video games as part of his education. T even wrote his first persuasive essay on why video games are educational. For this week’s infographic I found a great one about how video games are changing … Continue Reading →
Cool Back-to-School Ideas

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 Hookup Sweepstakes For any of your kids who are in college, make sure to let them know how the Command Great Dorm Hookup Sweepstakes which runs thru September 30, 2015. The grand prize (1) is a $2500 Visa Gift Card and $100 in Command Products, first prize (3) $500 Visa … Continue Reading →
Knowing Your Child’s Learning Style Can Make Homework Time Easier

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 did was to learn and understand what his learning style was and use methods that focused on that style to help him with learning and remembering. Most kids will have a combination of these methods but you will be able to notice a strong tilt towards one of them. Auditory … Continue Reading →