MakeCrate – The #STEM Subscription Box

MakeCrate – The #STEM Subscription Box

There are all kinds of subscription box services these days but this one, MakeCrate, is particularly fun and educational! If you have kids that are love to make things, create, things, and love the science and fun behind it then this is the program for them. STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) is such an exciting thing for so many kids and adults. I think it is popular because it can … Continue Reading →
My Little Cities Books Review

My Little Cities Books Review

I am in love with the My Little Cities book series from Chronicle Books. These are board books for toddlers and little kids and are so fun. Chronicle Books sent me four of the books in the series to review (opinions are my own), New York, London, Paris and San Francisco. My twin granddaughters, 19 months old, where up to stay the night this weekend and so I read all … Continue Reading →
How do I know what is real or fake online and where to check it out?

How do I know what is real or fake online and where to check it out?

Fake news or real news? Photoshopped image or real? Real threat or fake? Fake offer or real deal? Real warning email or phishing scam? We all are faced with trying to identify what is real or fake in the online world. While I think the internet is amazing, it is also still very much a wild west atmosphere and it is very easy for people to put out fake information. … Continue Reading →
Family Fun and Educational Too!

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 games is a great way to encourage learning in your kids, supplementing skills being taught in school, refreshing adult skills … Continue Reading →
17 Ways for Parents & Students to Use Smartphone Cameras During School Year +6 Super Student Apps

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 school year. Students can use smartphone cameras to get creative with their schoolwork, study, and learn even more. Through my … Continue Reading →
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 … 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 … 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 … 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 … 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 … Continue Reading →