Resources for Developing Reading Comprehension

It is important to help children develop critical thinking skills to help them navigate the oceans of misinformation surrounding them. The first step to critical thinking is being able to make sense of what we’re reading. In other words, reading comprehension. “A child who read 30 minutes a day but answered fewer than 65 percent of the […]

Math Apps for Supporting Home Learning

I figured it was time to update our Math Apps, so here are some new ones that have come onto the radar recently. Some are apps we have used from school, while others have come highly recommended by friends. They’re great for supporting homeschool, holiday, or supplementary Math learning. DreamBox Math DreamBox Math is a […]

Hour of Code with Kano

It’s Hour of Code 2016 and our Kano Kit has arrived just in time for us to start tinkering… So we’re going to start with these 8 activities recommended by Kano for the Hour of Code: Make Flappy Bird with Code.org If you’ve been under a rock and you have never heard of Flappy Bird, […]

Activities for Kids that Promote Flourishing

When we talk about our parenting goals, we often speak about wanting our children to be healthy, to be successful, and to be happy. The scientific term we’re really looking for is “flourish”. What we want for our children is for them to flourish. In one of the workshops we had at school, mental toughness coach, […]

Thinking Games to Challenge the Mind

Why we should encourage children to play games that challenge the mind: Critical Thinking is vital in the age of the Internet Critical Thinking is one of the 7 essential life skills that every child needs Bright children don’t necessarily develop good thinking skills – it must be taught Logic and Reasoning is one of five important things that […]

Math Resource Books for Students – Success in 20 Minutes a Day!

Being good at Math requires understanding and practice. These Math workbooks from Learning Express are designed to do just that. Algebra Success in 20 Minutes a Day Whether you’re new to algebra or just looking for a refresher, Algebra Success in 20 Minutes a Day offers a 20-step lesson plan that provides quick and thorough […]

Apps: Piano Maestro by JoyTunes

We know all about why learning to play a musical instrument is great for our children’s development. Brain Scans Show How Learning a Musical Instrument Enhances Our Brains Why You Should Send Your Child for Music Lessons Extra-Curricular Activities: The Wondrous Benefits of Learning a Musical Instrument So naturally, we’re always on the lookout for […]

Osmo – Bringing Play Beyond the Screen

Devices like the iPad have really transformed the way children learn but there has always been one aspect of it that I was troubled with – the lack of true physical manipulation. For example, you can play “tangrams” on the iPad but it will never ever replace the full experience of manipulating physical puzzle pieces. Now, […]

Apps: Brainventures

Remember Kizoom? Just in case you missed them, they were the team that brought us Brain Jump and Ned the Neuron. We really enjoyed their previous apps so we were excited to hear that they recently launched a new app – Brainventures! We have heard over and over again about the importance of developing growth mindsets and how we […]

Geronimo Stilton Fans, Eat Your Hearts Out…

I have succumbed to the hollers for more Geronimo Stilton books. Finally bit the bullet and bought the complete collection for the first 50 books. Thankfully Scholastic is having at special program with the school. I figured it would be cheaper this way than to buy each book individually. Geronimo Stilton Collection: Books 1-50