Have your child learn about the world or the USA with Little Passports. Little Passports is a subscription service that allows your child to visit a new country or new state each month! Choose from the World Edition (ages 5-10) or the USA edition (ages 7-12) where Sam and Sofia have a magical GPS that allows them to travel anywhere in the world. Through their stories and travels, they teach your child all about the country (or state) they are in through their letters, games, activities and more. It's an excellent subscription kit in my book and not only gets kids excited, but teaches them all about the world we are in.
My daughter Chloe (now 5 1/2 years old) received the World Edition to try out and I can't believe how much she loves it.
The first Explorer Kit comes with:
letter from Sam and Sofia
access to online games and activities
We also received the first adventure kit that would typically come the next month. For this package, we received Japan and Chloe loved the whole process of learning about Japan through Sam and Sofia's trip. She loved the sushi eraser and the origami papers. She immediate put the pin sticker on the world map - a great touch to give a kid perspective on the world and where they have "traveled to". She also put the Japan sticker in her passport. We did some of the activities together since she is still a new reader. We haven't tried the online activities yet but we hope to soon. It's a huge hit and Chloe is already asking where we will go next month!
I don't have the USA set to review but I am also looking forward to having her subscribe to that in a few years. What a smart way to know all the states and capitals. I remember how hard it was for me to just memorize and not fully understand all of the nuances of each state.
3548 Sacramento Street
San Francisco, CA 94115
DayOne Baby has now reopened in San Francisco! The new location on Sacramento Street has everything you need to learn how to care for your new baby, just as it did before. Five years ago, when I was pregnant with Chloe this was *the* place I was going to every other day. I would weigh Chloe on one of their many scales or attend one of their baby/mom groups. The classes were so fantastic! In addition to the baby/mom groups, I took infant CPR and even took a baby sign language class.
The lactation consultant at DayOne helped me get on track and get the hang of breastfeeding much better than any of the nurses at the hospital. Many of the key baby tips I learned overall were from DayOne. Which is why I am so excited they have opened up again so I can tell new moms to be to check it out!
What's new at DayOne Baby:
The new classes are taught by certified instructors and tailored to specific early-life stages.
Class Series include:
The Expectant Family Series
The New Family Plan
The Toddler Plan
If you live in the South Bay, the Palo Alto location will open on April 23rd.
Lakeshore Learning is one of my new favorite places to shop for educational things. (See my previous post on the kids keepsake art portfolio.) This week, Lakeshore Learning is launching their new Learning at Home collection of products, online as well as in all of their 57 Lakeshore Learning Stores.
One of the items in the Learning at Home collection is this Candy Box Math game. I think it's really important to teach kids that math is really fun, especially at a young age. The more they start counting and playing with numbers, the better I say. The game comes with 20 wooden candy pieces that are so adorable and store perfectly in the compact box. The game also comes with a play booklet where kids can sort the candies by shape, patterns, counting exercises, adding and subtracting and the basics of skip counting.
I also like to do some improvised games with Chloe. We play tea party and pick candies for each other. Then I have her practice her addition skills by seeing how many candies we picked together total.
Lakeshore Learning Coupon - Get 20% Off! To get you started shopping with their new Lakeshore Learning Collection, Lakeshore Learning has a fantastic deal – a 20% off coupon that expires on October 31, 2013.
Disclaimer: Product was provided by Lakeshore Learning for this review.
My husband has a math degree and he's always trying to incorporate fun math games or whatnot into our daughter's play. PBS KIDS recently announced their new initiative, It All Adds Up, a fun and educational new initiative focused on providing families with educational resources to support informal math learning at home.
The new PBS Parents Play & Learn App features more than a dozen games parents can play with their kids, connecting math and literacy skills to everyday experiences. The app works on the iPad, iPhone, Kindle, Android and more. You can download the app depending on your device from this page.
Little preschoolers love to practice their letters and numbers, sometimes pretending they are writing a letter. At home we have a lot of books and sets for kids to practice letter writing but by far my daughter's favorite and the most used in our home is this Crayola Dry Erase Activity Center ($15.01 on Amazon).
The board is just the right size for her to write large and she loves to erase the board when she is done. The board comes with multiple template cards for ABC writing, numbers, games, and a blank one for them to doodle for fun. I love that everything stays together in this set and the dry-erase pens and eraser fit nicely in the board. You can also make your own templates online at Crayola.com. I haven't tried this yet but I love how this little dry-erase pad can grow with her.
Of course, writing with a marker is slippery so I don't think you should banish the idea of your child writing pencil to paper. There's definitely a tactile necessity for them to be able to slowly write on paper. In this case, I really like the Mead See and Feel Learn to Write Raised Ruling Pad ($6.29 on Amazon). The lines on the paper are not only printed but also embossed so a child can feel the pencil go over the lines. Chloe likes this a lot but she also is more inclined to start getting off the task of writing and will begin to doodle on the paper. Yes that's ok too but I found that with the activity center, when she chooses to doodle, she'll put the right template in to do so.