education

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Rock ‘N Learn 10 DVD Math & Science Collection Deal and Giveaway

December 4, 2014 Reviews & Giveaways

In my email I get a lot offers to review various items. I say no to a great majority of them, but then there are those that stand out. Today Rock ‘N Learn jumped out at me. Why? Because as a former homeschooler and a parent who supplemented education during the time that my son […]

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National School Backpack Awareness Day and a Tablet That Can Replace a Laptop

September 17, 2014 Living

Today is National School Backpack Awareness Day created by the American Occupational Therapy Association. This is actually an important topic as, according to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, there were more than 22,000 people treated for backpack related injuries in the US last year. That figure included 8,500 children between the ages of 5 […]

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Technology In Education

August 28, 2014 Tech

Recently Microsoft and Parade Magazine asked me to participate on a panel about technology in education (disclosure – I was compensated for my time). Education has always been a high priority for me as a parent and technology has played a big part in my son’s education. I was honored to be a part of […]

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77 More Teen Writing Prompts

August 20, 2014 Living

One of the more popular posts on my blog is 83 Teen Writing Prompts from way back in January of 2012. While it is titled for teens, really anyone can use it. Writing prompts are a great way to encourage daily journal writing and free flow thinking. There are no right and wrong answers. Teachers […]

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Microsoft’s 2014 Imagine Cup

July 28, 2014 Tech

Tuesday morning I am headed to Seattle to attend Microsoft’s 2014 Imagine Cup finals. If you are unfamiliar the Microsoft Imagine Cup is the world’s premier student technology competition. It is open to students 16+ years in high school or college and that includes homeschoolers (I love that). The competition encourages the teams to come […]

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10 Tips For Getting Kids Reading This Summer [infographic]

June 21, 2014 Living

Today is the first day of summer, although most of our kids have started their summer vacation from school already. Keeping kids reading and learning throughout the summer really helps them tremendously when they return to the classroom in the fall. We still want them to enjoy their summer and be able to just be […]

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He graduated!

June 9, 2014 Living

Happy dance, happy dance, happy dance! That is the special proud mom happy dance actually! So while I knew that my son, Taylor, had completed the requirements to graduate in December, today he was finally able to pick up his actual diploma at his high school. Yay!!!! Taylor does not often give me permission to […]

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Free lesson plans from Bing are great to extend learning in summer

June 4, 2014 Living

While most of the USA has a typical school year with several weeks in the summer off, that really is not the greatest for our kids as far as retention and learning. My son is older now, but we always did things to extend learning in a fun way at home in the evening, weekends, […]

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App Review: Lola’s Math Train 2

February 26, 2014 Reviews & Giveaways

The folks at Lola’s Math Train 2 provided me a free copy of their app to review. This is the first I had heard of their series but you all know me, I love apps. Even though my son is an adult (gulp) now and out on his own, I still like to keep an […]

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Cash Register Play for Preschoolers

September 4, 2013 Reviews & Giveaways

The big kids are headed back to school this time of year for lots of new learning experiences. Just because the preschoolers are not in a classroom does not mean they cannot be having new learning experiences also. Just like we buy back to school supplies for the older kids, think about some supplies for […]

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