TenMarks Launches Free Summer Math Program to Reverse Summer Learning Loss

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 TenMarks, an Amazon Company, Launches Free Summer Math Program to Reverse Summer Learning Loss   2014 results show 11% gains with just one hour a week on a personalized summer program TenMarks Math wins 2015 CODiE Award for Best Math Instructional Solution, helping millions of students across more than 55,000 schools and more than 12,000 districts   TenMarks, an Amazon company, is working hard to keep students engaged over the summer to reverse learning loss in math before heading back to school. The TenMarks Summer Math Program is a national program that provides students with a personalized course tuned to their individual learning needs, based on a summative end-of-year assessment. The program is available now and runs through August 31, 2015, and is available free to every family in the United States—parents should visit http://summer.tenmarks.com for more … [Read more...]

WordGirl Word Up! May Issue Celebrates Mother’s Everywhere!

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    We've been enjoying WordGirl for a few years now! I love how this educational and fun program teaches children new words plus how best to use them in a sentence.  Mother’s Day is right around the corner, and WordGirl, Scholastic Media’s Emmy-winning animated series on PBS KIDS, is getting ready to celebrate moms from coast-to-coast! In celebration of Mother's Day is the May issue of WordGirl’s Word Up!, your source for word-powered tips, activities and all things vocabulary!  Download it today for some fun activities to do with the kids - all in celebration of moms everywhere!      And if you want to check out our interview with the creator of WordGirl, Dorothea Gillim, go here.  She currently is the Producer one of our favorites PBS Kids shows - Curious George!  She said it is interesting to produce a show where the main character doesn't … [Read more...]

Celebrate Earth Day with Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood on April 20th

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      Earth Day is right around the corner and a special nature-themed episode of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, the top-rated series from The Fred Rogers Company, will premiere on Monday, April 20, on PBS KIDS (check local listings) – just in time to celebrate the big day on Wednesday, April 22!     It’s important to foster an appreciation for nature and the environment around us with your little tigers and help them learn how to take good care of the Earth. Below are some tips inspired by Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood to share with your family to make Earth Day a very special day.     Be an explorer! – As the weather gets warmer, go on a nature walk with your child – even if it’s just in your own backyard! On the walk, ask your child what they see in the environment and have them make some observations, including … [Read more...]

Anytime is a great time to explore the outdoors!

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  This spring, PBS Kids kicks-off its annual Explore the Outdoors initiative, which encourages families to shake off the winter chill, go outside and discover nature.  The fun began last week, April 6th with brand new themed on-air programming and online and mobile content.  In addition, PBS stations across the country will be hosting local community educational activities to extend the exploration beyond the screen. PBS KIDS Explore the Outdoors will include new episodes from science and nature-based WILD KRATTS and DINOSAUR TRAIN.  Outdoor-themed episodes from a variety of PBS KIDS programs will also air throughout April (be sure to check your local listings). As part of the PBS KIDS VIP program, we were sent a Explore the Outdoors package (we have one for a giveaway!) that we used the other to do our own adventuring around the neighborhood.  Here are some ideas to get … [Read more...]

Max Traxx Tracer Racer Giveaway!

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Our pals over at Skullduggery recently released an innovative product that will set any racing car fan's heart-a-flutter as the tracks and the cars glow.  The Tracer Racers utilize Light Trail Technology as they blaze streaks of light on Skullduggery's patented Glow-in-the-Dark track.  Each Tracer Racer beams down purple light rays from its undercarriage onto track specifically engineered to emit glow remnants long after the racer has passed.  Your drag racing truck set or car set, and a dimly lit room, is all that is needed to set the darkness ablaze!   Available at Toys-R-Us Available at your local Toys-R-Us and online.   You can read more about this family-run toy company in this interview.  I love that the toys are USA made and that the father started the company and his two sons came to work with him.  They are an award-winning toy company and have created … [Read more...]

Curious George Swings into Spring Special Airs March 30th!

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  One week from today, Curious George kicks off the start of spring with the one-hour “Curious George Swings into Spring” special, followed by two new episode premieres later in the week.   In these new adventures, George does everything from mending a broken costume for Chinese New Year to exploring the great Amazon!  One of my favorite things about Curious George is how he teaches our kids about the world around them!  And all of this is done by not speaking - pretty remarkable really!  Check out our interview with the Executive Producer, Dorothea Gillim, who also is the creator of the beloved WordGirl! She said in our interview that " it is interesting working on a show where the main character doesn’t speak, but  the experience has been great and a real challenge."   Building on the series’ curricular focus, the episodes integrate science, … [Read more...]

Get READY TO BOOGIE with “PEG ROCKS” Giveaway

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Get READY TO BOOGIE with “PEG ROCKS,” a New MUSICAL PEG + CAT DVD    Available March 3, the New DVD Features 23 Catchy Tunes, Including “I Do What I Can” and “We’re The Pentagirls!”   Emmy Award-Winning PBS KIDS Series PEG + CAT Helps Kids Build Math and Problem-Solving Skills   PBS Distribution announced that it is releasing seven stories from PBS KIDS’ popular PEG + CAT series on the new DVD “PEG + CAT: PEG ROCKS,” available starting March 3. Solving problems is even more AWESOME when music is involved! This new toe-tapping DVD features fun-filled musical escapades, including “The Girl Group Problem,” in which Peg’s girl group, the Pentagirls, has its biggest show ever, and “The Mega Mall Problem,” which features Peg and Cat searching the mall for the teens, so they can all enter the Zebra Guy dance contest! Each PEG + CAT adventure features a story in which Peg and Cat … [Read more...]

Celebrating National Hugging Day with BAYMAX

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    About National Hugging Day: National Hugging Day,™ also known as National Hug Day, is an annual holiday created by Rev. Kevin Zaborney in Michigan, USA. It occurs on January 21 and is officially recognized by the United States Copyright Office. It was first celebrated in 1986 and has since spread to multiple countries. The purpose of the holiday is to encourage people to openly express themselves through hugging.  Offer a hug to anyone and everyone you want but remember it is wise to ask first. Whether you hug a family member or a stranger, the mental and physical health benefits are the same. For more information, visit www.nationalhuggingday.com.     After much deliberation and even more hugging, Baymax, the lovable personal companionrobot and star of Walt Disney Animation Studio’s action-packed comedy adventure and Academy Award® Nominated … [Read more...]

App of the Week :: Storm & Skye and The Secret of the Car Wash

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  Storm & Skye and The Secret of the Car Wash is a magical audio-visual tale that lasts a little over 45 minutes!!! The story starts out with the narrator that lets you know that Storm, a young boy, has recently moved to a new part of town with his mum, and his step-dad Baldwin. Storm isn't too keen on this situation; having left all of his friends, and especially his dad back on the other side of town. This allows you into the mind of Storm and how he's feeling with no friends and in a new area. Displaced. Baldwin, his step-dad, "can't even get a bookcase put together" [as he's been working on it for a couple of days, whereas his dad would have had it completed in hours]. So many kids can relate to this or may know/have friends that can so they are able to empathize. There are small swirling circles that will pop up at various moments throughout the chapters and … [Read more...]

Let’s Celebrate! Penelope’s 4th Birthday Giveaway

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  Seems like a lifetime ago, sitting on my daughter's bed listening to my husband tell her a story about RedBeard and his adventures on the high seas.  In that moment, I visualized a little redheaded girl pirate and her adventures on the high seas.  It took about a year to see my dream of writing a children's book come alive, but step by step, with some ups and downs, it came to light!  The feeling of seeing the story for the first on the iPhone as a storybook app is a memory I will always treasure!  And reading the story for the first time to my daughter's preschool class, with her by my side (hand on my knee) is so precious to me.     I have told my story many times in hopes that it inspires other aspiring authors to just go for it!  If I had listened to the naysayers (yes, there were some other writers that told me self-publishing and doing an app first … [Read more...]