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Sorry I’m Not Sorry: Mean Girl Makeover ~ Tween Book Review

“An honest look at bullying from the bully” – the caption on the front of the book Sorry I’m Not Sorry had me intrigued.  I could understand writing from the perspective of the victim and the bystander (in the first two books of the series), but how would the author …

Jesus Is…. Student Edition – Book Study Book Review

The ‘Tween Years It’s wonderful to have nieces!  Not only do I get to have fun with them as they  grow up, but I receive a glimpse of how things will be when my preschool-aged daughter reaches their age.  I’m very excited about two new books for tweens from Tommy …

You Can’t Sit With Us: Mean Girl Makeover ~ Tween Book Review

The topic of bullying has received much attention in the media lately, unfortunately for good reason. Although many voices have contributed to the discussion of solutions, one out of every four students have been bullied, and 85% do not receive help (according to the Ambassadors 4 Kids Club). Disclosure: I …

10 Ultimate Truths Girls Should Know ~ Book Review

Role Model As a mother of a very young daughter I am so appreciative of this book, 10 Ultimate Truths Girls Should Know, by Kari Kampakis. Although people tell me “it goes by so fast,” I still have several years before she becomes a teenager.  Years in which I hope …

Science With Children: Baking Soda and Vinegar Experiments

These are two of the first science experiments my four-year-old and I performed together in our kitchen.  Based on what I have read, kids of all ages would enjoy these!  Both experiments are rather simple, but fun. Inexpensive, too! 1. Inflating A Balloon Thank you to Mom to 2 Posh …

Science Experiments With Children (For Those Who Are Slightly Intimidated)

My preschooler’s interest in science experiments was sparked recently by a simple little experiment we did on the dining room table. It involved a plastic drinking straw and various small objects we found around the house.  We lined up a feather, penny, eraser, paper clip, shell, and a few other …

So Not Okay: Mean Girl Makeover by Nancy Rue ~ Book Review

The topic of bullying has received much attention in the media lately, unfortunately for good reason. Although many voices have contributed to the discussion of solutions, one out of every four students have been bullied, and 85% do not receive help (according to the Ambassadors 4 Kids Club). Disclosure: I …

Dreamtreaders by Wayne Thomas Batson ~ Book Review

My Review This novel is a departure from what I normally review, and also from my normal personal reading list.  Although fascinated by the title and publisher’s description, references to a “Nightmare Lord,” made me reluctant to hand the book over to my young niece to review. It took a …

Top 5 Downloadable Apps For Students

Disclosure: This post is brought to you by Tesco. Tablet technology has without a doubt become the next big thing in education – and for very good reason. Tablets are versatile devices that have the ability to connect students and personalize the learning experience. They offer you a convenient way …

Teaching Children The Value Of Money

Teaching your child to save money can provide them with a life lesson they can grow with. While there are many ways to have your child save money, in an old shoe box or in a piggy bank, you could take it even further by showing them how to see …

A Traditional Fall Treat: Hot Apple Cider Recipe from Little Passports

Fall is here…time for hot apple cider!  Help your children make their own with this kid-friendly recipe, courtesy of Little Passports.  Preschoolers and kindergarteners can help tie up the spices in cheesecloth, and older children can help stir the cider while it’s cooking! If you have older children (5 – …

Limiting Distractions in a Homeschool Classroom

Guest author Katie F. has several great suggestions for your homeschool classroom.  If you school mainly at home, teach classes through a co-op, or even if you have a pretty relaxed homeschooling routine, this article should be very helpful! Katie writes on behalf of calvertschool.org. It’s no secret that most …

The Value of Investing in a Music Education For Your Children

This post was sponsored by TakeLessons.com.  TakeLessons provides private music teachers, arts instructors and academic tutors throughout the United States. I was compensated for writing this article; however, my opinions are based on personal experience and research, and are entirely my own. Für Elise Last week I walked in to …

The Value Of Teaching and Learning Cursive Handwriting

Should Homeschoolers Focus on Cursive Handwriting? This guest article is from Zaner-Bloser, publisher of research-based reading, writing, spelling, handwriting, and vocabulary programs for teachers and homeschoolers. Read on to find out about the free printables available on their web site, and a discount code for a premium program. Homeschoolers face …

Fun & Educational In Tennessee: Oak Ridge Children’s Museum

Hands-On Learning & Play If you are traveling on I-40/I-75 near Knoxville, Tennessee, consider a side trip to the Oak Ridge Children’s Museum!  From exit 376 it is about 13 miles to the museum – about 25 to 35 minutes (click here for directions).  We hadn’t planned ahead, but found …

Foil Art Craft Kit Review

This guest review is brought to you by BabyDashCo. Foil Art Craft Kit Review I have never seen anything like this before and I have to say it’s super fun! It’s called Foil Art by Peaceable Kingdom. Foil Art is a lot like coloring a picture, but with foil instead …