Fun and Friendly Calligraphy for Kids: A Hands-On Guide to Creative Lettering US #giveaway ends 2/20

Disclosure: I received this book for review. Opinions shared are mine.

How many times in the past week did you need to handwrite something? Did you write a note to your child’s teacher, perhaps, or maybe jot a few items on a grocery list?   Technology is ever-changing, but the tradition of a written language — actual handwritten words — is one of the markers of civilization.  For our culture, though, handwriting is slowly becoming a lost art.


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The Ambrose Deception by Emily Ecton – book review

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Sharing books with kids is the very best part of my job as a language arts teacher!  I’m always on the lookout for books that middle grades students won’t be able to resist.  There are key features that I look for…and The Ambrose Deception has them!  [Read more…]

Visit the Creative Discovery Museum in Chattanooga, Tennessee

Disclosure: I received passes for the museum; opinions shared are mine.

Now that we’ve crossed off the Christmas box on the calendar, let’s start planning adventures for 2018!  During fall break, we had the chance to go to the Creative Discovery Museum located in downtown Chattanooga, Tennessee.  My last Chattanooga trip was 20 years ago, but I remembered taking my students to this children’s museum. It was wonderful to take my own children there!  If you’re starting to think about a spring break trip with the kids, here’s why your family will LOVE the Creative Discovery Museum. [Read more…]

Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga + Oceans book

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Our family enjoyed a fun camping trip to Chattanooga, TN over fall break.  The last time I’d been there was over 20 years ago, so I was excited to return with my kids.  In the next few days, I’ll share some of our adventures with you.  First, let’s take a look at the Tennessee Aquarium!   This amazing attraction is right in the heart of downtown Chattanooga. It is housed in 2 main buildings, flanked by an IMAX theater just a few feet away.  Tickets are purchased in yet another building.  I tried to find a discount or online coupon to no avail.  [Read more…]

Coding and Computers paperback book from Parragon

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When I was a teenager, my dad tried to convince me to consider computer programming as a career.  It was around the time that dot matrix printers were just coming out on the market….computers were so new that we were in the minority, having one at his house!  Although I’ve never been quite tech-savvy enough to really be good at a computer or coding career, I have to admit that Dad was right.  It would have been a real up-and-coming job for a woman in the 1990s!  These days, Coding and Computers are fun hobbies for kids to learn.  The skills are even taught in schools as part of the STREAM initiative.  Get a head start on those concepts with a workbook like this!  [Read more…]

NCIRCLE Halloween DVD favorites include Cat in the Hat and Houdini

Disclosure: I am an NCircle Entertainment Ambassador and received these free DVDs. Opinions shared are mine.

My kids enjoy candy as much as the next sweet tooth, but they really love new movies. We got a sweet bundle of Halloween DVDs from NCircle Entertainment, and I can’t wait to share them with one lucky reader! [Read more…]

Discovery So Awesome! Solve the Puzzles, Discover the Facts! US #giveaway

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It’s time to start thinking about the colder days of fall and winter. Having a creative outlet is important!  This slim paperback from Discovery is just the ticket for kids.  So Awesome contains puzzles, facts, and photos that are short enough to be engaging yet interesting enough to keep their attention. It’s marketed for ages 6-9; however, I think it’s also perfect for middle school kids, especially those who have trouble with reading. [Read more…]

The Learnalots supplemental activities for Second Grade #giveaway US ends 10/16

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If you have a little one, there are many reasons to consider a supplemental learning program for your child.  If you are homeschooling, you may need a variety of resources to fully introduce a topic.  If your child attends a public school, you may consider reinforcing skills learned in the traditional classroom.  If your child needs a challenge, consider introducing these ideas early to “frontload” the information.  Finally, your child might need additional practice to master a concept.  For early learners, The Learnalots are a fun brand that make learning seem like child’s play.  We received the Second Grade interactive workbook for review.  For me, this workbook stood out from the rest in terms of academic substance and visual appeal. [Read more…]

Little Wolf’s Book of Badness book + DVD from NCircle Entertainment

Disclosure: I am an NCircle Entertainment ambassador and received this DVD for free. Opinions shared are mine.

Kids love to hear stories about characters who do things completely against the grain.  Junie B. Jones, Dennis the Menace, and Heinz Doofenshmirtz are flawed yet lovable.  Little Wolf fits the bill in the opposite way… his world, he’s supposed to be bad (like his Uncle, BigBad) but he’s actually GOOD.  What’s a wolf to do?

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Molang Season 1 DVD from NCircle Entertainment

Since I’m an NCircle Entertainment ambassador, each month brings a delightful DVD right to my door (disclosure!!)  As always, opinions shared are mine. When the Molang Season 1 DVD arrived, my kids –ages 8 and 13 — immediately asked, “What’s that?”  Here’s what Molang looks like, people….it looks so simplistic and young for my kids, right?

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