Monthly Archives: June 2011

David Hasselhoff Video to Brighten Your Day

Or not, depending on how you feel about David Hasselhoff. It’s different at any rate….

Labels: High School, This and That, Wrapping Up Our Week
Posted by Maureen Sklaroff

Home Science Tools Discount–Expires 6/17

imageI received this coupon from Home Science Tools. It says it is for subscribers only, but you could subscribe to their e-mail list and then use it if it won’t let you use it.

School might be out, but now is the time to save! Take 10% off your order on cool, hands-on science products you can use this summer and fall! Order by June 17th to enjoy these savings. Just use code JUNEPP11 when you check out!

Labels: Educator Discounts and Curriculum Sales
Posted by Maureen Sklaroff

Updated 2011 Summer Reading Challenges List

I previously posted about several 2011 summer reading challenges for kids, but I have since learned about a few more reading challenges. So here is a completely revised list.

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Barnes and Noble Summer Reading: Imagination’s Destination – this program is for kids in Grades 1-6, and runs May 24 – September 6, 2011. Kids earn a free book after reading eight books.

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Bookworm Wednesdays – Every Wednesday at 10:00 am beginning July 6th for six weeks. Bookworm Wednesdays entitles kids to free admission to a select children’s film when they present a book report at a participating Showcase Cinemas, Multiplex Cinemas or Cinema de Lux box office. Accompanying parents or guardians and children under six receive free admission and do not need to submit a book report. 

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Borders “Double Dog Dare” – this program is for kids under 12, who can earn a free book after reading ten books The program runs May 4 – August 26, 2011.

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Chuck E. Cheese Reading Rewards Calendar – Agree on a reading goal with your child. Fill in the reading chart every day that your child meets that goal, and after two weeks, he can turn it into Chuck E. Cheese for 10 free tokens (with pizza purchase). They also have other calendars to work on other goals. This program is actually and ongoing program.

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Half-Price Books “Feed Your Brain” – Kids 14 and under, who read a total of 600 minutes during the summer, can earn a $5 Back-to-School Bucks reward. Runs from June 1 to July 31, 2011.

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H-E-Buddy Reading Club – Kids read ten books, submit the form before October 1st, 2011, and receive a prize in the mail

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Homeschool Village’s Summer Reading Program – for all ages, including parents! Read three books and win a fourth.

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iVillage’s PBS Kids Summer Reading Community Challenge – This challenge started June 6th, but you can still join. Parent participants of this six-week challenge receive a daily email with fun activities to build reading skills, tricks and advice from a Challenge coach, great book suggestions for kids of all ages, tips from other parents taking the challenge, and a chance to win daily prizes.

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PB Kids Summer Reading Challenge – For kids aged 10 and under. Complete either the Early Reader List or the Caldecott Medal & Honor List to receive a free book.

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Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge – kids aged 15 and under must log on to www.scholastic.com/summer between June 6, 2011, 12:01 a.m. EST and June 25, 2011, 11:59 p.m. EST, log their reading minutes, and fill out the sweepstakes form. Grand prize is 6 books.

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Soar with Reading – This program starts June 13th.  Right now, the site does not give any other details.

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TD Bank Summer Reading – this program is for kids aged 18 or younger and runs May 4 – September 30, 2011. Kids, who read ten books, get $10 deposited into a new or existing Young Saver Account.

Labels: Phonics and Reading, Summer, This and That
Posted by Maureen Sklaroff

Weather Unit

Clouds

For the last few weeks, I have been doing a weather unit with Gohan for science. We haven’t quite finished it, but I thought I’d share it now anyway. If you notice any errors, let me know and I’ll fix them. Just click the image below to download the unit.

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Labels: Apps, Blogging Business, Printables, Science
Posted by Maureen Sklaroff

June Sensory Tub–Beach Play Place

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I apologize for being AWOL this last week. Dora’s sleep schedule has been wacky again and I have been dealing with some health problems, which while not life threatening, are certainly energy draining. Between the two, I have been falling asleep at night as soon as I get Dora to sleep.

This week, we started our June theme, which is summer. I set up a sensory tub/miniature play place for Dora that was beach-themed. I used Moon Sand for the sand and blue, white, and clear gems for the water. I then added miniature plastic cups, a plastic rake and shovel, beach/ocean animals, shells, and some other little beach-themed accessories.

At first Dora wouldn’t have anything to do with the Moon Sand, due to her not liking the feel of it. After a while, however, it grew on her and she began to play with it a lot. At that point, she started mixing all of the gems and animals into the sand, such that the sand wouldn’t hold its shape anymore.

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So I finally, took all of the gems and animals out of the sand (which took a really long time, let me tell you). This made it much easier to play with and shape the sand. The other interesting thing that happened then, was Dora then started using the gems as a completely separate play item. She mostly  used them to make “soup” in bowls and play pots, using spoons and tongs to transfer them. She also, however, has spent time sorting them in our sorting tray.

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Labels: Montessori, Summer, This and That, Toddlers
Posted by Maureen Sklaroff

Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge

I just learned of the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge, which I failed to mention in my previous post about summer reading programs. This challenge is open to legal residents of the United States, aged 15 and under. From the official rules: “To enter, you must log on to www.scholastic.com/summer between June 6, 2011, 12:01 a.m. EST and June 25, 2011, 11:59 p.m. EST, log your reading minutes, and fill out the sweepstakes form. On or about Wednesday, June 29, 2011, three (3) children will be selected at random. Each will receive a grand prize of six (6) age-appropriate books which can be selected from a list provided by Scholastic (Approximate Retail Value: $35).”

Labels: Phonics and Reading, Summer, This and That
Posted by Maureen Sklaroff

Get Funnix Beginning Math for Free June 1-26

imageFrom the Funnix Site:

Funnix Beginning Math is a 100-lesson computer program designed for children who have not learned beginning math operations.

Funnix Beginning Math will be available as a free download from June 1 through June 26. All components of Funnix Beginning Math are included in the download—100 animated computer-based lessons, workbook material, a teaching guide, and a placement test for assessing the child.

The program is unique in the sophistication of skills it teaches in only 100 lessons. Children learn different types of counting. They use counting by tens and counting by ones to solve addition problems that traditionally require carrying. For example: 45+35.

Be assured that this program is FREE. No hidden charges, gimmicks, or costs for handling and shipping. This giveaway is like the one conducted in January for Funnix Beginning Reading and resulted in over 41,000 free downloads.

Funnix Beginning Math is very user friendly. Like Funnix Reading, the math program is computer-based. Narrators direct the activities in each 35-minute lesson. A child or small group of children watch the computer screen with a parent or teacher. The children answer questions the narrator presents. The parent or teacher reinforces correct responses and directs the program to repeat parts that were difficult for the children.

Signing up for the free download is simple. All you do is fill out a form and submit it. You will then receive an email with all instructions on how to receive the program.

Labels: Freebies
Posted by Maureen Sklaroff