Category Archives: Education

She {hearts} Cucumberlime

cucumberlime logoIn our house, we really try to prioritize the training of our children… from manners and academics to self-discipline and responsibility. So, when I found Cucumberlime’s adorable chore charts and magnets, I knew they would be a wonderful addition to our home and training!

The kids were so excited when they arrived in the mail and now diligently move their magnets from “To Do” to “Done” throughout the day. From getting dressed and making their beds to unloading the dishwasher and collecting the trash, I appreciate their help and they enjoy moving their magnets to show what they’ve accomplished:) In the process, however, they are learning the important role that each member of our family plays, as well as the importance of self-discipline and responsibility.

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Each wooden magnet is large enough to be grasped by tiny fingers, but little enough that you can fit quite a few chores on the chart. In addition, the pictures show the children what needs to be done, which helps “young readers” still know what to do! We love Cucumberlime’s chort charts and magnets!

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magnetsCucumberlime is giving away one chore chart and 12 magnets of your choice to one lucky winner! Just enter in the Rafflecopter giveaway widget below!

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She {hearts} Teacher Gifts

 

I found this on Pinterest and thought it was such an adorable idea. I made some for Dustyn’s Preschool Teachers. I put a little drawing from Dustyn and a note from me in the cup along with the little packets to add to water. They really loved them. If you go here they have where you can print the little flags.

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I love that this makes a great teacher gift and it is not that expensive. Plus the teachers can you the cups for a long, long time.

What are you doing for your kids teachers for the end of the year?

She {hearts} The Eight Little Circles

My mother gifted the book, The Eight Little Circles, to my daughter.

I’ve known the author of this book for quite some time. I grew up with Mrs. Lynn’s daughter, Stacy. Stacy and I graduated from high school and I even recently photographed her wedding! It wasn’t just a big year for Stacy, but for Mrs. Lynn because she published this wonderful children’s book! Mrs. Lynn has a degree in Early Childhood and has worked with children for more thatn 20 years which led her to writing books. She also enjoyed writing poetry and children’s songs.

The Eight Little Circles helps children learn about basic colors, numberes, and important concepts such as big and little as they rhyme their way through this unique, interactive book.

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My Eight Little Circle can be purchased for $8.09 at Barnes & Noble.

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I have one copy of the My Eight Little Circles to give away to two She {hearts} It readers!

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She {hearts} Swapsies™

IMG_1939Not to long ago I was fortunate enough to get an ipad2 :) – it was a total surprise and I was super excited. It was something I have wanted for a while and looked forward to one day using one for my photography business as well as personal use of course. Little did I know my boys would quickly grow to love it probably even more than me!

The list of APPS available are endless it seems…

I was recently introduced to two APPS. One of those being Swapsies and the other one being TallyTots. They are both by Spinlight Studio Apps.

They are cute games, both suited for younger children. Although my older two who are 5 and 7, have really enjoyed Swapsies. I think the idea of putting people together in different costumes is just fun for them. They do however have a thing for costumes ;-) – as their closet is full of them.

TallyTots is a great APP for teaching numbers… I look forward to using it once Owen is 3 and we begin to introduce him to his numbers more.

Here is a quick video on Swapsies – gives you an idea as to how it works.


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If you are in the market for some fun interactive games for your kids. Check out Swapsies and TallyTots.

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She {hearts} Teach Me

There has been tons of controversy over the use of a smart phone by babies and toddlers over the years. But personally, I think that we are obligated as parents to change with the times and with the vast addition of technology showing up in the classrooms across the world, why not give your kids a head start with some cool, techy educational tools that TEACH them as they play.

I was browsing through the Top 25 Apps on my iPhone tonight, trying to find something I could quickly upload to entertain my 2 year old while we were waiting at a restaurant for our dinner. I saw Teach Me, an educational set of App’s geared toward the learning abilities of toddlers and kindergarteners. Both App’s allow the parent to set up profiles for up to four children, along with their picture, so the child can easily identify which game is their own. The added bonus? They were only 99 cents a piece!

My 4 year old son works solely on the Kindergarten Teach Me App, where he is learning addition and subtraction and well as sight words. I have not worked with him yet on these area’s so I was curious how he would approach such a learning tool. He loves it! When he reaches a pre-determined goal, he receives a coin. Add up the coins, and he can purchase a variety of objects to fill up different scenes (like an aquarium, a farm, a playground, etc.) He has a goal in mind, so he loves to complete the tasks in order to achieve it.

My 2 year old daughter uses the Toddler Teach Me App, where she learns about shapes, colors, letters, and numbers. She too has a pre-determined goal (that I set for her), and with each accomplishment, she too gets to choose a “sticker”, and place it on a scene as well. I do love how they make the goals and accomplishments simpler and easier for a younger child to understand on the Toddler version.

Both versions allow the parent to review the questions, disable any questions or topics that might be too hard for the child, or set it up to work on just one task (like a JUST addition or JUST spelling for example). The parent can look at each and every word or problem the child does, to see what areas may need more work and what areas they are excelling in. You can also set up a passcode, so the children cannot change any settings on their own.

For only 99 cents an app, you can’t go wrong with Teach Me Toddler, Kindergarten, and First Grade.

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Teach Me App’s are available in the iTunes store for download on your iPhone or iPod Touch for only 99 cents a piece!

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She {hearts} MonkiSee

My kids love watching TV and DVDs, so I like to use that time for educational shows. Some DVDs that all three of my children enjoy are the MonkiSee DVDs. These DVDs are designed to help teach little ones to recognize words, and ease them into reading at an early age. They are very well made, and hold the attention of even my 6 year old!

MonkiSee sent me a baby reading kit, filled with DVDs and flash cards. The cards are high quality, bright prints, with the words on one side and picture on the other. By flashing the card quickly, while saying the word, the baby learns to associate the picture with the word. It’s really neat to watch my kids learning!

The DVDs feature real live children and objects, as well as puppets.  The songs are catchy and fun, and will keep your baby engaged for the full 1/2 hour.  This is one 1/2 hour that I don’t feel guilty about!

Whether this makes Emery & Bria learn to read faster or not, it is a lot of fun, and I know they are being exposed to language, which is never a bad thing!

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  • Monkisee offers 5 different sets of flashcards, 6 DVDs, and 2 books.
  • Also available is a Teaching Babies to Read Guide DVD for parents.
  • You can also buy the whole set in one convenient kit!

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MonkiSee would like to offer one She {hearts} It reader a set of 4 DVDs!

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She {hearts} ChildUp

Child Up

As the monthly calendar page gets turned from August to September, my mental focus shifts from summer vacation to schooling.  Though my children are not attending formal K-12 school yet, we have been working through some preschool activities here at home.

I’m always looking for great ways to encourage learning, so I was thrilled when I found ChildUp. Not only does their website offer parenting classes and tips, but they have a wide range of educational materials to help your child have a head-start in math, reading or multilingual development.

Counting on cardsOne of the resources they’ve developed are the Learning Game cards to teach basic math skills. Nathan and Natalie loved playing with them earlier this week, and have begged me every afternoon since to play with the “math cards.” We’ve counted, sorted, ordered, identified and added… the possibilities are endless and your child is learning essential math skills as they are playing!

But best of all, when you are on the go or don’t have room to spread out all of the cards, ChildUp has an app for that! Downloaded from Itunes, the “iCount-to-10″ app allows for math learning wherever you or your child may be! They can identify numbers, learn about animals, and even hear the sounds that animals make.

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So, if you want to engage your children with fun games that teach them basic and essential math skills, then you will need to look no further than ChildUp! Their math card packs feature 16 parent resource cards (to teach you the importance and skills of math education) and 48 picture/number cards to use with your kids.

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Are you interested in giving your child an advantage in math skills, beginning in their early childhood? Do you want to teach him/her about various animals and their habitats, while playing a math game? Well, ChildUp is giving away 2 sets of the Early Learning Game Cards as well as 2 free codes for their iPhone/iPad app! That means that 4 commenters will be lucky winners.

 

To Enter: Make sure to visit the ChildUp website, and then leave a comment letting us know how you will use these cards in your family!

 

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This giveaway is now closed. And the winners are:

Lisa @ LWilsonPhotography

Susan Lanai

Audra @ Snowflake Day

Janet W.

Congratulations to our four winners!