Cinderella Inspired Fairy Godmother Wand #DIY

    When I was a little girl, I loved to engage in pretend-play.  I would spend hours with my dolls making them talk to one another and act out all of the scenarios that I could think of.  Dressing up was a big part of these afternoons of imaginative time and I always enjoyed acting and looking like my favorite fairy princesses.      Every single day, I would read fairy tales with my grandmother and then incorporate the heroines in those stories into my creative sessions.  For some reason, the fairy princess Cinderella always was one of my favorites.  I have never had an evil stepmother but I think I could relate to her ability to keep going despite all of the adversity that she was faced with.     I was always very good at improvising with things I found around the house to create the outfits for my make-believe playtime.  Whether it was a silver spoon from the kitchen that I used for a scepter or an ornate towel that I … [Read more...]

Do Your Children Love Fossils And Dinosaurs? @NintendoAmerica #FossilFightersFrontier #Ad

    Ever since they were little, both of my boys have loved learning and reading about fossils and dinosaurs.  Now that they are older, they still enjoy doing so but they also love video games and technology so I try to integrate the two in enjoyable ways.  That is why I knew that my younger son would be thrilled to explore, dig and battle on his Nintendo 3DS with the game Fossil Fighters: Frontier!     The Fossil Fighters series first launched on the Nintendo DS system in 2009.  This is the third game in this series and the first one that young gamers can enjoy on the Nintendo 3DS.  Players are catapulted back 65 million years to the time of the dinosaurs and have to collect and battle with vivosaurs.  They are prehistoric just like dinosaurs but a lot more dangerous.  My son loves exploring and digging through a fully 3D world and battling with the vivosaurs that he collected with his friends. Here are some of the other fun features of Fossil Fighters: Frontier: Upgrade … [Read more...]

Share Special Moments With Your Active Child! #ThisIsWholesome @HoneyMaidSnacks #Paid

    As many of you know, we are a huge basketball family.  Both of my sons play basketball and they get it from their grandfather because my Father in Law plays every Wednesday with his friends.  My husband is also a big sports fan and enjoys playing from time to time.  Due to this, we are an active family that is constantly active and on-the-go.     Despite the fact that we are always either playing or running to basketball games, my husband and I try to make sure that we steal special moments with our boys.  One of these touching things happened at my older son's last tournament and he melted my heart and confirmed that I am doing pretty good as his mom.     During halftime I was sitting in the bleachers with some of the other moms as our active sons practiced their free-throws until the beginning of the third quarter.  Normally, I try not to bother my son because he is eleven and he is at that age where he doesn't want his mom embarrassing him in front of his friends.  So I just … [Read more...]

32 Ways You Can Keep Kids Learning Over The Summer

    Summer seems to rapidly approach every year and many of my students'  parents have approached me for advice on how to support their children's learning at home.  I always tell parents that allowing their kids to have fun is extremely important, but you also want to ensure they are learning in some capacity. Here are 32 ways that all parents can keep their child learning this summer: Take them to your local library! Read to your child, and with your child, regularly. Help them master different math concepts as you cook together. Play counting and math games while swimming in the pool. Take nature hikes and use science terms to study nature. Complete science experiments as a family in your kitchen. Do arts and crafts together a few times a week outdoors. Sign up for educational learning boxes that are delivered to your front door and are very affordable. Listen to educational songs and talk about the lyrics and compare it to poetry and poetic terms. Create … [Read more...]

Have A Rockin’ February With The Beatrix Girls! @TheBeatrixGirls #Giveaway #TheBeatrixGirls #Ad

    When I was a little girl, I loved playing with dolls.  I remember spending hours role playing with them and pretending that they were real people.  Now that I am an educator, I realize that all of this time engaged in pretend-play was crucial to my social development.     Although I don't have any daughters of my own, I have always encouraged both of my sons to pretend-play with their toys and have never established any gender restrictions when it comes to playing with dolls or other toys.     I really like the Beatrix Girls dolls for that reason, they are very modern and colorful.  Not only are they pop stars but they’re also big romantics! They love hearts, chocolates, and love making each other feel special!  That's why I couldn't have picked a better month than February to celebrate the month of love with the Beatrix Girls!     What better way to celebrate this month than with cute custom accessories for all of you Trixie Fans?     Popstar Club is granting one lucky … [Read more...]

Experience The Rabbids® Invasion TV Show In A New Way! @Ubisoft @Rabbidsofficial @Kidzvuz #Ad

    A few months ago, my sons and I had the privilege of attending the KidzVuz Holiday Event in Chelsea Piers.  It was a wonderful opportunity for us to test out all of the new toys and technology that is available for kids of all ages.  Although my boys loved all of the items they had the chance of trying out, one particular game really caught their eye and they have not stopped playing it since they brought it home.  This is because Rabbids® Invasion, the kids’ hit animated TV show, is now a video game!     My eight year-old was teaching me how to play the game and he explained that the concept behind it.  He shared with me that players can choose episodes from the TV show and compete with other players while completing silly challenges that are also a lot of fun.  There are hundreds of full-motion activities  in Rabbids® Invasion and kids can even have virtual egg battles with the Rabbids® themselves.     I have to admit that even I had fun trying to mimic the Rabbids® funny … [Read more...]

Flavored Water For Kids With No Sugar! @AquaBallDrink #Giveaway #Ad

    As an educator, I am often shocked at how many sugary drinks I see my students consuming during their lunch.  Although our school does not serve these drinks, nor sell them in our vending machines, many of our students bring them in from outside and actually purchase them in the morning before coming to school.  I often wonder if their parents are aware of the unhealthy beverages that they are purchasing with the lunch money that they give them.     Since our two boys were little, we have made sure that sugary soft drinks were not a part of their diet.  My husband doesn't drink soda and he has always made sure that our sons do not consume it either.  As a result they drink a lot of natural juices but, I have to admit, they don't drink nearly as much water as I would like them to.     AquaBall was developed by a former school principal, who saw way too many children drinking sugary beverages during school, and not enough water. He created AquaBall as a fun way for kids to drink … [Read more...]

Do You Know What To Do If Your Child Has A Seizure? #EpilepsyAwareness #DareTo

    On August 20th of this year, my eight year old son had a seizure.  I've been an educator for almost fifteen years and dealt with many emergency situations involving children during my career.  However, nothing could have prepared me for how scary it was to witness my own son having a seizure and knowing that there was nothing that I could do to stop it.     The night before, both of our sons had camped out in the living room and stayed up late.  As a result, we all slept in the following morning.  Sometime around noon, my husband and my older son left to run some errands and my younger son came over to where I was working on my laptop to tell me he had a headache.  Since he never complains of headaches, I asked him to describe where the pain was and he told me he just wanted to lay down and take a nap.     His request did not surprise me because I knew he had stayed up late with his older brother the night before and he was probably tired.  Once he laid down next to me, I … [Read more...]

We Are Thankful For Friends And Family This Holiday Season! #StreamTeam @Netflix #Ad

    There is no better time of the year for teaching my boys about the importance of being thankful for friends and family who bring so much love and support into our lives on a daily basis.  Last week, we celebrated Thanksgiving with our family and then had a great time together for my father's birthday the following day.  It is during these times that I know our boys are making precious memories that will last them a lifetime.     Whether you're planning a family feast or sticking to your traditional holiday routine, it's important to show your kids that friends are worth being thankful for during these special times of the year.  Thanks to Netflix, I can introduce our sons to a few of the greatest duos, including Rory and Lorelai, Charlotte and Wilbur and Bob and Larry, whose all-new Netflix original, "VeggieTales in the House," started streaming Nov. 26. Here are some dynamic duos available on Netflix for your big kids: 1. Phineas and Ferb 2. Shaggy and Scooby: Scooby-Doo! … [Read more...]

Make Family Game Night An Educational Experience! @SchoolSpecialty @KidzVuz #Ad

        It's no secret that I love educational games.  After all, as a seasoned educator for well over ten years, I like to take advantage of every opportunity to engage both of my sons in learning.  Since we enjoy family game night once a week, I've been on the lookout for games that will translate into improved academic performance.  The tricky part has been finding games that not only teach them something, but that are also fun to play at the same time.     As a Literacy Specialist, I was thrilled to learn about the learning game Smartmouth!  It is a word game which helps kids to expand their vocabulary by using letters to shout out words that correspond to a variety of word categories.  One of the areas that most students struggle with, when it comes to fluency and comprehension, is vocabulary.  This game allows them to compete to see who can make the best words within 60 seconds.     The concept behind this game is very simple.  First, players roll the die to determine the … [Read more...]