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Six apps, two free activities for Halloween learning fun

Six apps, two free activities for Halloween learning fun
By Tamara Lubic, Online Editor
October 10, 2013 — ‘Tis the season for ghouls and gremlins, glowing jack-o’-lanterns, creepy-crawlies, and things that go bump in the night. Fill it with teachable moments! Help the mummy find his way home in Halloween Mummy Maze. Unscramble words and match them to the correct pumpkin face, or find the missing costume hat in Halloween Fun. Pop them open, print them out! Or buy one of the charming, seasonal eBooks below for mobile devices, starting at 99 cents!

Making sure that app time is quality time

Making sure that app time is quality time
By Tamara Lubic, Online Editor
September 26, 2013 — Admit it. Even if you once vowed never to let TV be a babysitter, there probably came a day, maybe in the middle of fixing dinner, maybe when multiple members of the family were sick, maybe when the incessant refrain of “I’m bored” became too much, when you either channel-surfed or popped in a DVD and said, “Here. Watch this.” And you bought a half hour or even an hour of time to focus.

10 ways to make fall fabulous for kids

10 ways to make fall fabulous for kids
By Tamara Lubic, Online Editor
September 19, 2013 — Fall is a beautiful season. In most parts of the country, temperatures are moderate, and days bring both sunshine and rain. School is well underway. The holiday crunch is still in the distance. Whether getting out or staying in, autumn delivers bushel baskets full of fun and learning. The change of seasons is a great time for reveling in sensory pleasures, sharing time, making treats, and reinforcing math, science and language skills—all at once!

Toddlers, preschoolers and tablets: touchscreen technology begins early

Toddlers, preschoolers and tablets: touchscreen technology begins early
By Tamara Lubic, Online Editor
September 12, 2013 — The first few years of a child’s life move so fast, marked by so many milestones. First words. First steps. First touchscreen device. First touchscreen device? Yes, and that first tablet or smartphone is falling into little hands earlier and earlier.

Making math second nature: everyday life as a 24/7 classroom

Making math second nature: everyday life as a 24/7 classroom
By Tamara Lubic, Online Editor
September 5, 2013 — Kids who dislike math—or at least, don’t love it--often ask, with heavy sigh and roll of the eyes, “And just when exactly am I going to use this?” The question arises most often around higher-level math, but it frequently starts coming into play much earlier.

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