Friday, November 20, 2015

Displaying the Multiplication Tables

"Mom, you know the periodic table poster I have on my bedroom wall?
 I wish I had a poster like that for times tables."

Is there a parent on the planet who wouldn't jump straight onto the Internet and try to fulfill that dream? It's not a toy or a video game!  In case I'm not the only parent with a child interested in math, I thought I'd share some of the option I found online this afternoon...


This post does include affiliate links.
Purchasing from them may result in a small income for family.

My favorite!36x24, $13.00Times Tables 1-10
The one B will want...
Quantum Prints-Etsy
Variety of sizes starting at $10.93
Printed on white archival paper
A vintage-inspired option
My Bearded Pigeon-Etsy
36x24, $51.25-several colors available
Cotton Fabric
A traditional laminated version
Another laminated option
36x24, $12.00
This would be a fun one to mark mastery levels
20x20 with a variety of medium options
starting at $17.19.
Dry-Erase Fatheads Decal
LOVE Fatheads, such great quality!
24x24, $54.99
Alternative to a poster:
 Bulletin Board Set
Monster Families for 1-12, $15.00
Which of these would your kids love to have on their wall?
Pin one to share with your friends!

Prices subject to change.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Groovy Lab In A Box Giveaway

Have you tried Groovy Lab in a Box in a Box?  Each month they send out a STEM related package full of investigations and activities.  Each month kids complete research that helps them do a science or engineering related challenge.  If they want to apply what they've learned even more, additional videos and activities are waiting for them on a unique web portal.

Head over to the Groovy Lab in a Box website for more information...
and good luck with the giveaway!

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 If you make a purchase after clicking on these links, 
I will receive a small commission from Groovy Lab in a Box.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Uplift Families & TIPS Video

A few months ago I had the great privilege of being involved with Uplift Families, an internet/video resource initiative from Utah's First Lady, Jeanette Herbert.  The videos from this year's conference are starting to be released and I want to share my favorite one with you today, as well as an excerpt of the write-up I shared on A Local Wander.
parenting resources

The program is three-fold in mission:

  1. Provide a comprehensive online parenting resource for issues every parent encounters
  2. Provide short parenting TIPS (Teaching Important Parenting Skills) via videos
  3. Host an annual Parenting Conference
Each of these resources is unique and helpful in it's own way, and we'd love to break them down a little bit for you...

This website is designed as a resource for parents to answer questions and provide answers on any topic you may be having with your child.  In some instances it can also direct you to places to find more help or speak with a professional in that field.  (Note: the information provided is not specific only to Utah.  It's a great resource for parents anywhere)

Parenting Resources
Information is broken down by age, parenting topic, and resource location
Ages covered range from infancy to the late teen years, and topics cover everything from behavior issues to spectrum disorders, eating disorders to sleeping patterns, bullying to Internet safety.  The site functions as a one-stop shop for parents.

Styled in the same vein as the very popular TED Talks, these are recordings from the Uplift Families Parenting Conference.  They are entertaining and also straight-forward and to the point. Watch this humorous and heartfelt talk from renowned relationship expert, Matt Townsend...

I'd encourage you to look around both the website and the videos-there is such great information there.  And share this post with anyone you think might enjoy it!  

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Mail from...Home? (Iowa)

You would think that teaching about the place you are from would be an easy piece of cake.  I found out last week that that is definitely wrong.

In 6 years my kids have been to Iowa more than a dozen times.  They love it winter their when they get to stay in a cabin with all their cousins.  They love summer there because it means fresh sweet corn and swimming.  I wanted to try to stay away from teaching them generic stereo-typical things about my home state, but in the end, it's what they already knew and we decided instead to just dig a little deeper.

For some reason, learning about the Iowa state bird is a vivid memory from my childhood.
I guess my boys are turning out like me after all...
The rest of our lesson focused on farming and what crops/livestock are so important in Iowa.  My parents were not farmers, but we were always surrounded by the neat rows of corn and soybeans and that's what my kids see when we go there.  I found a great interactive video/game that teaches about corn specifically.  Check it out here:

And then we made barn and grain bin spinning wheels to show what types of items you might see and use in both.  The printables for that plus other activities are here:

And even though we didn't use it this time, I was very excited to come across the Iowa DNR website, which has a great resource page for teaching all kinds of science and nature related topics...

A lot of times I think Iowa gets a bum wrap as just another one of those flat midwestern states.  I always joke that anyone who has driven through Nebraska would never call Iowa flat.  It's beautiful with rolling hills and green, green, green.  I loved growing up there and I love taking my boys back there.  It was fun helping them understand a little more deeply the things which they've already seen!


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