About Nicole Greene

http://whendidibecomemymom.com

Outspoken, a mother of 3 and a bit of a creative nerd. Nicole is passionate about family and social good, and blogs from Trinidad & Tobago. Download her mobile app available for Android and iPhone/iPad.

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Holiday Kid’s Craft Roundup

Holiday Kid’s Craft Roundup

The holiday crafts I’m loving this week.

Simple enough for kids to play along, beautiful enough to unabashedly put on display, and accessible enough to make with things you already have at home (for the most part).

  1. Holiday Origami Decorations via Mini Eco
  2. Paper Hearts via Morning Creativity
  3. Recycled Boxes Christmas Village via Paging SuperMom
  4. Easy Snowman Craft via Premeditated Leftovers
  5. Beaded Candy Cane via A Girl and a Glue Gun

Have fun crafting and discovering some great crafty blogs!

 

Black Friday

Black Friday

 

I had such grand plans to find and share what I considered to be great deals today on Black Friday.

Instead, it’s a very different Black Friday and I am immersed in a very different madness.

Rest in peace, Keyana.

 

Trinidad is too small. Far too small for the violence against women and children that we see on a daily basis.

 

It is time to wake up, and time to make a change.

 

We are our brother’s keepers.

 

If you know of a child at risk, please make a call…

The following information provided via the Families in Action website

Families in Action – 628-2333

Childline – 800-4321, 624-0402

National Family Services – 624-5475, 625-6464 (Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri)

Marabella Family Crisis – 658-5110

Mt. Hope Child Guidance Unit – 645-2640 ext 2153/ 663-2700, 645-2640 ext. 3900-3907

Rape Crisis Society – 622-7273

Lifeline – 645-6616, 645-2800 (24 hour hotline for suicidal persons)

 

Contact information below provided via Trinidad Express article.

NATIONAL FAMILY SERVICES DIVISION 627-1163

VICTIM AND WITNESS SUPPORT UNIT 624-8853

CHILD GUIDANCE CLINIC 726-1324

She Said What?!

She Said What?!

 

[one_half]Surprise[/one_half][one_half_last]This is my beautiful daughter.

Of course, I think she’s the most beautiful girl in the world…

She’s just the whole package. She’s smart, she’s funny, and just look at that face. And those curls!

Man, I love her hair.[/one_half_last]
[one_half]Smile[/one_half][one_half_last] She has this funny saying when she wears it out.

She says she’s “letting it fly”.

It fits her personality so well.

A happy free spirit with the biggest heart.

Letting her hair “fly”.

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I learn so much from her, you know. Like how to just let it fly…

But not yesterday. Yesterday I didn’t know how to let it fly. And I didn’t know the right words to say.

See, yesterday a grown up told my sweet girl that she should fix her hair because

It looks like an afro.

She had no idea what exactly this meant, but she knew it was meant to be insulting.

I could see the confusion in her face when she came through the door, came straight to me and told me what they had said.

I could hear the underlying question… “What’s wrong with an Afro?”

What’s wrong with an Afro?

I did not answer the question directly. In fact I don’t remember exactly what I said to her.

In my mind though, I was asking myself

  • Really? Her hair is in twists, pulled back neatly with a headband.
  • So what if her hair was in an afro?

The fact is she often has her hair in “a fro” and the choice is usually hers (except for school).

And it is incredibly sad to me that, here in Trinidad and Tobago where we pride ourselves on being the melting pot of the Caribbean and a Callaloo people, there are still people out there who associate Afro with the connotations of our Colonial past – unkempt, uncivilized, and something to be tamed.

I do not accept this definition.

No that’s not quite what I want to say….

I reject that definition.

The physical does not define us

There was a time when ignorance and the master/slave mentality of the past led some to reject any form of “African-ness”, whether it was represented in skin colour, hair texture, or body shape. And it was widely accepted by society. Those days are behind us. And those of you holding on to those vestiges of the past? You need to let them go.

To you, I say… update that dictionary because Afro is no synonym for untidy.

Furthermore, we are not defined by your definitions and expectations.

We are no more or no less because of the colour of our skin, or our eyes, or the texture of our hair. And you know this. And while you may think that your comment is not racist, it is steeped in a racism you have embraced and are yet to acknowledge.

And while I can be tolerant and understanding of how views long held may be difficult to let go of, I do not have to accept what you attempt to dump on my daughter.

In the end, she will choose to be able to do whatever she wants with her hair. And not because she feels inadequate or pressured because of someone else’s very aged measure.

So far, we have never discussed her hair a way that gives it any more significance than her hands or her ears.

We have never discussed her hairstyles as anything more than expression of how she feels to wear her hair on a given day. So “afro” holds no more significance to her than “ponytail”.

She is not learning to love her hair, or accept herself, “in spite of“… There is no “in spite of“… Why should she? In spite of you?

You are not that powerful.

Whether she chooses to describe her hair as “natural” or “unprocessed” or just “mine”, she will not be burdened by your sad, outdated definitions.

Instead she will live each day exploring her world as a confident child without a reason for self-doubt. With hair that is her own, that is different from her mama’s, and from her brothers’, and from her father’s. As a mixed family, we all have different hair, and we are aware that there are a lot of other characteristics that define who we are.

None of them is physical.

My daughter hasn’t yet learned that in this world, some people will try to turn you against yourself, using your own body as a weapon. But here’s my firm opinion, as a parent, on that.

They can only hurt you – control you – if you accept their rejection and own it yourself.

And it is this lesson that I will, subtly, continue to teach.

 

Black Friday Vs. Cyber Monday: What Day Has Better Deals?

Black Friday Vs. Cyber Monday: What Day Has Better Deals?

As the shopping season kicks into high gear, some consumers may be wondering whether Black Friday or Cyber Monday should claim their retail dollars. Black Friday has been the pinnacle of retail savings for decades, but Cyber Monday has been growing in popularity at an astonishing rate in recent years. Cyber Monday has been the source of billions of dollars of transactions and posted a 30.3 percent gain in volume from 2011 to 2012, according to IBM Benchmark, leaving some to wonder which sales event is more worthwhile.

Black Friday & Cyber Monday

Image by Flickr user Vanderelbe.de

If You Can Wait, Cyber Monday is Better

Online retailers are almost always significantly less expensive than their brick-and-mortar counterparts, even when there aren’t sales events going on. On Cyber Monday, the majority of these retailers will also offer free shipping, leading to increased savings. Investopedia points out many Cyber Monday discounts far exceed Black Friday discounts when free shipping is added to the mix. However, this does assume you can wait. If you need (or want) an item immediately, Black Friday may be your only choice.

The Same Products, the Same Vendors

It isn’t always a question between stores when it comes to Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Department stores such as Macy’s often have both a Black Friday sale in their retail locations and a Cyber Monday sale on their web portal. Shoppers now have increased flexibility and can compare their Friday and Monday deals apples to apples. Many find Cyber Monday sales for traditional retail stores offer less expensive pricing due to their lack of overhead.

Thanksgiving Comes Earlier Each Year

Department stores tend to post their Cyber Monday deals well in advance, allowing you to plan accordingly. Black Friday deals, by contrast, tend to be closely guarded secrets until directly before the event. If you are considering shopping at a store like Sears, Wal-Mart or Target, you may want to look over their Cyber Monday deals and compare them to the Black Friday advertisements. Black Friday is entering into obsolescence for this very reason: deals are being posted earlier and earlier, and major retailers are branching into online sales, diluting the value of the Black Friday event.

What Type of Deal Are You Looking For?

The type of product often matters when you’re determining whether a Cyber Monday or Black Friday sale might be best for you. Deal News’ research showed Black Friday is best for laptops and computers, storage, iPhones and kitchen items. Meanwhile, Cyber Monday appears to be better for clothing, shoes and other apparel. Interestingly, the same report found that purchasing items on Thanksgiving itself might be cheaper than either Cyber Monday or Black Friday.

Ultimately, many people will likely find Cyber Monday has the better deals. Black Friday has become a social event. Many people go out with friends and family on Black Friday, and enjoy the shopping experience. Retailers don’t have to offer the best possible deals because the consumers are enjoying the activity as well as the savings. Cyber Monday retailers don’t have the overhead Black Friday stores do, but they often have the same distribution channels, allowing them to undercut their brick-and-mortar competition.

Home and DIY Roundup – Nov 19th

Home and DIY Roundup – Nov 19th

Christmas is in the air and I am restless trying to decide how to transform the living room this year.

I’ll admit. I’m not very focused. It’s all so pretty out there.

I’m not worried.

I’ll take a bit of this, and a bit of that, and I’ll make it my own.

Here’s what’s inspiring me this week.

1. The Best of Times – Stopped clocks mark special moments in time.

2. Wall Flowers – Frames and flowers make your walls beautiful.

3. Wine bottle Pendant Lights – Take wine bottles and make one of a kind lighting fixtures. Gorgeous.

4. Faux Marble – Painting technique to turn plain wooden surfaces and transform them into “marble”.

 

 

Featured Upcoming Events

Featured Upcoming Events

Lots of excitement to look forward to in the coming weeks, including a personal visit to Santa’s Caribbean home!

Click on each flyer for a full sized view.

Introducing… my new app for Android!

Introducing… my new app for Android!

Moms the Word Mobile App

Introducing my new app – Mom’s the Word!

I’m really excited to bring my new baby out into the world. I’ve been working on it for the past several weeks and am happy to say that it’s now ready for the public eye!

Mom’s the Word is the first mobile app in Trinidad & Tobago bringing you up to date info on:

– Local family-friendly events in Trinidad & Tobago;
– Ideas for activities and crafts;
– Educational Resources;
– Emergency Services Contact Numbers;

and so much more…

 

Why an app?

Over 40% of you visit from a mobile device. That’s a huge group of you already interact with me on the website, on Facebook, Flipboard and Pinterest.

But… it’s disconnected. And specialized. And surely there was a way to bring them together and also provide a richer experience for us?

As I played around with ideas on the website, I had a Eureka moment.

Why not do a mobile app? It would reach people where they already are, and you wouldn’t have to remember to check out things in detail when you got to a computer, you could just have access instantly no matter where you happened to be!

AND it would let me introduce new features useful for moms (and dads!) on the go! (More on that in a minute).

My tech mind went into hyperdrive. Happy overdrive!

Features

As I sat down to design and prototype the app, the scope kept growing. There was so much I wanted to add, but I knew I had to keep it compact and easy to navigate.

A few things that made it into the app:

 

The Event Calendar

I am always getting requests for information on what’s happening around T&T, and the Calendar is one of the most popular aspects of the website.

I’ve struggled in the past with how to make the calendar more integrated with mobiles, but balancing accessible and unobtrusive was a definite challenge.

But finally! A way to make it work!

 

Inspired Home

Creative Inspiration by way of ideas for Crafts, Home and Garden DIYs and Recipes always bring a high level of engagement.

Now you can view stunning galleries designed to spark your imagination, and then click over for tutorials.

 

Learning Resources

From toddler to teen, I am always looking for educational resources to help our kids excel.

As a parent, I look for smart and sensible apps built by folks that really “get it”, and they really meet a need for my kids.

As a trusted resource, parents are always asking me for recommendations as to how to keep their kids using their government-issued laptops constructively. Because if you don’t guide them and show them the positive possibilities out there, they’re going to fall in with the default. And that bar isn’t always very high.

Find apps and website to support your children’s learning goals. Click to view, or download apps directly to your mobile device.

 

Emergency Contacts

This is something that has bothered my for a long, long time. In an emergency, how do I know where the emergency services location closest to me happens to be? How do I reach them by phone? And what the heck is the emergency number for ambulances again?

I wanted to find a way to bring this info directly to parents phones, so that you didn’t have to hope directory assistance answered quickly or hope a neighbour was giving you the right info.

Since the app’s release, this is the single most commented-on feature. I’m so glad so many of you feel the same way I do about this, and appreciate having these numbers always in close reach!

 

Demo and Download

 

iOS and Mobile Web Version

It’s on it’s way! I promise :)

I’m an iPhone user myself, so I can assured you an iPhone/iPad version is on the way. I’ve gotten a lot of emails on this one and I just wanted to reiterate that.

Version 2.0 is soon to be released for Android and it’s what iPhone users will get from day 1.

I’ve made some tweaks and refined the look and the content.

Click here for a sneak peek you can interact with in your browser!

[alert-note] So what do you think? What’s your favourite feature?
What would you like to see added?

Leave me a comment or question below and I’ll be sure to get back to you on it![/alert-note]

Mixed Race in 2013

Mixed Race in 2013

Biracial sisters

So I’m sitting here taking a Facebook break and escaping work on the blog for a bit, when I notice something going on in my newsfeed. For some reason, today it is littered with articles shared about mixed-race American celebrities.

There’s more than one about celebrities you wouldn’t really know have black heritage. (Rashida JONES! Rashida Jones! I have ALWAYS wondered where your name came from. And now I know!)

One of them really strikes me – 9 Black Celebrities Who Rejected The One Drop Rule.

I am at once curious and perplexed, reading and re-reading the headline.

As headlines go. it’s a clever one. It appeals to you no matter where you sit on the issue, and it draws you in. Whether you choose to see

“Here are 9 celebrities who reject being boxed in by traditional perceptions of race?”,

or you see

“Here are 9 black celebrities who are in denial about their identities,”

this is a piece you’re compelled to pick up.

Personally, I began reading the article believing it would have taken the former “breaking new ground in race identity” approach, but found it leaning toward subtle mocking in some instances.

And to be quite fair, there was more than one eyebrow-raising celebrity quote which probably deserved a little mockery.

But what really fascinated me was how uncomfortable in their own skin some of these celebs appeared to be. Very few seemed comfortable with being just “mixed” or “biracial” and seemed to be really feeling the pressure to choose a side.

I wanted to take them by the hand and say, “Honey, it’s ok. You don’t have to apologize for being you.” But reading the comments clued me into reactions that they no doubt anticipate, dread and try to avoid. What a shame!

These guys are expected not just to choose a specific race with which to identify, but that race is expected to be black! Talk about embracing Jim Crow and making One Drop your own!

“You have a little black in you? Girl you are black and you need to not play. I don’t care how white you look.” That’s the message society sends these girls.

And here’s what I would like to say…. Who. Cares.

Thank goodness that’s one thing we Trinis haven’t imported from the US. Yet.

Here it’s perfectly acceptable to be “Mixed” race. Period. One parent black and the other Indian? You are generally free to describe yourself as black, or Indian, and even more acceptable to describe yourself Dougla!

For us Mixed stands safely on its own. It does not represent an attempt to escape from a particular label.

Its description holds no fear or shame for us. We don’t need it defined for us, so that we can figure out how we should be – or feel – in it. Or maybe it is because it wasn’t defined for us, we were free to make of it, and do with it what we pleased.

And what pleased us was to make a mas with it. :)

Mixed is the catch all that says I get to just be me and embrace whatever traditions happened to be around me via family, neighbourhood, whatever.

And on these tiny islands with all these nationalities imported, we got to mix up plenty. Racially, yes. But even more importantly – culturally.

Because honestly when most of us consider who we identify with, we are relating on a cultural level, not one of race.

It’s why we say we are one Callaloo – all mixed up.

It’s why we will celebrate Divali, and Eid-ul-Fitr, and Christmas.

It’s not a “THEY celebrate that in my country” – WE all celebrate together.

And as far as the concept of “One Drop” goes, well we are willing to delegate you anywhere.

You have slanted eyes – you’re Chinese.

You have blue eyes – you’re white.

You have dark skin but straight hair – well clearly you’re Indian.

For the majority of us, we’re not quite as serious about the race label as we are about the common denominator – being Trini.

My kids know that they’re Trini but we’ve never had a discussion about their race. It’s irrelevant in my opinion.

They are aware that different races exist but have never asked what applies to them. They do know where their mixed ancestry comes from. They are not colour blind (pet peeve of mine – story for another day). But I suspect if you asked them what race they were they’d wear “Mixed” very comfortably.

If there was one cultural lesson I’d love for Trinidad & Tobago to be able to export to the US, it would be teaching how to be a little less uptight about race lines.

After all the number of people who identify as mixed is only getting larger.

Inevitably, at some point, you’re going to have enough mixed race families having mixed race kids to whom your traditional rules governing race and identity no longer apply.

[alert-note] What’s your mixed-race experience in T&T? In the US?
Do you see the One-Drop Rule losing its significance within the US?
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Kids Craft Roundup – Beginning to look a lot like Christmas

Kids Craft Roundup – Beginning to look a lot like Christmas

This was a great week to scout for kids crafts.

These crafts are far from run-of-the-mill and they’re perfect for occupying busy hands and capturing imagination at home, or at camp!

I love the Christmas crafts that are popping up. As far as I’m concerned, it’s never too early to get started on Christmas decorations.

I know a lot of people aren’t in love with early Christmas decorations, but I think if you’ve got kids, then this is the time those fond Christmas memories are made. And making memories takes time. And love. And inspiration!

 

  • Paper Helicopters – Clever little paper creations.
  • Construction Paper Wreath – Handmade paper decorations that are easy enough for the very little ones aren’t always beautiful, let’s face it. This strikes a nice balance. :)
  • Snowflake Ornament – We’ve got no snow down here. Snowflakes neither. But I love these simple, natural “snowflakes” even on a tropical tree!
  • Feathery Angle Ornament – Adorable. Just adorable. And simple enough for all the kids to personalize.
  • Tubular Glitter Bracelets – I can’t think of any little girl who wouldn’t love to come up with their own statement piece.

Hope you enjoy these, and discover some great new blogs along the way!

Happy crafting!

Educational Resources for Kids – Websites and Apps

Educational Resources for Kids – Websites and Apps

Give your kids an extra little learning boost with these great research and activity websites and apps for kids!

Websites

Khan Academy

A free world-class education for anyone anywhere. Khan Academy is a not-for-profit with the goal of changing education for the better by providing a free world-class education for anyone anywhere. (Math, Science, Economics, History and more)

Starfall’s Learn to Read with Phonics

Starfall.com is a free public service to teach children to read with phonics.

 

Brainzy – Games for Early Readers

Brainzy offers the perfect mix of learning and fun. Kids love playing! Practicing skills in a variety of ways helps kids develop real mastery.

Education.com

In a single destination, Education.com offersthousands of fun and educational activities, printables, and workbooks. Topics include Math, Reading, Writing, Science, and Social Studies.

BBC – KS1 Bitesize

Literacy, Math and Science games for children can be found at the BBC’s KS1 Bitesize website.

BBC – KS2 Bitesize

English, Math and Science games for children can be found at the BBC’s KS2 Bitesize website.

BBC – KS3 Bitesize

The BBC KS3 Bitesize website supports learning in the subjects of English, Geography, History, ICT, Math and Science. Lesson topics include Revision, Activities, Video and Quiz components. As with KS1 and KS2 Bitesize websites, educational games supporting the topics presented are available.

 

BBC – School Radio

Audio provides ideal resources for Early Learning through stories, music, movement and songs. The programmes and other audio content link directly to the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum and, in particular, help to foster speaking and listening and movement skills.  

BBC Schools – Primary History

Limited to 6 focus areas (including Ancient Greeks, Romans, Anglo-Saxons) the BBC provides a useful resource for research projects for primary and early secondary school.

BBC Schools – Primary Languages

Gateway to advice, information and support for primary languages teaching (French & Spanish).

pennacool.com

Quiz and revision website geared for our local (i.e. Trinidad and Tobago) educational curriculum. Primarily geared toward SEA studies, the site now complements the Form 1 Mathematics curriculum, and is branching out into Form 2 support.

 

Babbel

Smart and simple. With babbel.com language learning is easy and interactive. Develop foreign language skills with access to grammar and thematic courses as well as vocabulary, writing and listening comprehension exercises online.

 

Brightstorm

Brightstorm’s mission is to be the best place to learn in the world. They believe that great learning starts with great teaching. So, they find the best teachers, film them teaching, and build learning solutions around those great teacher videos. Focus is on Math, Science, English and some standardized test prep.

 

WatchKnowLearn

WatchKnowLearn has indexed approximately 50,000 educational videos, categorizing by subjects such as Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, History, Computers and Technology, Social Studies, The Arts, Foreign Languages (incl French and Spanish), Business, Physical and Health Education, as well as Life Skills and Hobbies and Crafts.

 Android Apps for Kids

BrainPOP Jr. Movie of the Week

Bring learning to your fingertips™ with the BrainPOP Jr.® Movie of the Week app. Get a different animated movie every week and check out related quizzes and educational activities – free!

 

Carnival of Animals

“Carnival of Animals” is not just an amusing interlude, it enables your children to explore music and learn about the animals and the world in an engaging way.  

 

FableScapes 2

FableScapes 2 is a fun educational storytelling game that unleashes your imagination to create fantastic fables and terrific tales.  

Fraggle Friends Forever

Celebrate Fraggle Rock’s 30th Anniversary with this exciting deluxe story app from The Jim Henson Company and Cupcake Digital!  

 

Gummies Playground

A teacher-approved, preschool curriculum-based collection of 8 great educational games for your preschooler (ages 2 – 5)

 

Kids ABC Trains Game

With Kids ABC Trains Game, your preschool and kindergarten-aged kids will learn each letter’s name and sound, trace letter shapes, identify letters in context, and match lower to upper case letters.

 

Learn French with babbel.com

Play, understand, speak and write! Get the free Basic and Advanced Vocabulary at home and on-the-go: study vocabulary with interactive exercises, systematically deepen your knowledge and practice your pronunciation.

 

Learn Spanish with babbel.com

Actively speak Spanish with babbel.com, one of the biggest language learning platforms worldwide.

 

Math Workout

Math Workout is a set of daily brain training exercises and math drills designed to enhance mental arithmetic.

 

Ollie The Cat

Say hello to Ollie the cat in a fun app made especially for young children.

Starfall ABCs

The “ABCs” section of Starfall.com’s well-loved website is now available as an app.

 

Starfall Learn to Read

At last, all the content from Starfall.com’s Learn to Read index in an app! Since 2002 Children around the world have learned to read with Zac the Rat — and your child will too!

Toca Hair Salon 2

Toca Boca is an award winning game studio that makes digital toys for kids. We think playing and having fun is the best way to learn about the world. Therefore we make digital toys and games that help stimulate the imagination, and that you can play together with your kids. Best of all – we do it in a safe way without third-party advertising or in-app purchases.

 

iPhone/iPad Apps for Kids

  • Bilingual Child

    Bilingual Child will submerse your child into animated books where characters Lucy and Carlos, an English-speaking girl and a Spanish-speaking boy, teach vocabulary.

  • Bobo Explores Light

    Hold a fully functional science museum for kids 4-12 in the palm of your hand!

  • BrainPOP Jr. Movie of the Week

    Ideal for kids in Kindergarten through grade 3, the BrainPOP Jr. Movie of the Week app spans subjects within Science, Social Studies, Reading, Writing, Math, Health, Arts and Technology.

  • Fry Words

    The Fry 1000 Instant Words are a list of the most common words used for teaching reading, writing, and spelling.

  • Khan Academy

    Khan Academy allows you to learn almost anything for free. They cover cover a massive number of topics, including K-12 math, science topics such as biology, chemistry, and physics, and even the humanities.

  • Learn French with babbel.com

    Basic & Advanced Vocabulary Trainer

  • Learn Spanish with babbel.com

    Basic & Advanced Vocabulary Trainer

  • Rosetta Stone – Lingo Letter Sounds

    Rosetta Stone® Kids Lingo Language Games are the first apps for preschoolers (ages 3-6) that combine English reading with Spanish speaking.

  • Sago Mini Doodlecast

    Sago Mini Doodlecast is a unique drawing app that records your voice as you draw. Capture every stroke, word and giggle.

  • Sago Mini Forest Flyer

    This fun adventure is filled with delightful animations guaranteed to make your little one giggle with joy. This open-ended play experience is loaded with exciting surprises.

  • Science360 for iPad

    The National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Science360 for iPad provides easy access to engaging science and engineering images and video from around the globe.

  • Sight Words by Little Speller

    Help your child learn to speak, read, and spell as they learn to recognize words and letters by sight sound and touch

  • Starfall ABCs

    The “ABCs” section of Starfall.com’s well-loved website is now available as a universal application for your iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch.

  • StoryKit

    Create an electronic storybook. Make use of the little gaps in life – on the sofa after dinner, in the back seat of the car, or on a train – to do something creative together.

  • Toca Hair Salon 2

    Toca Boca is an award winning game studio that makes digital toys for kids. We think playing and having fun is the best way to learn about the world. Therefore we make digital toys and games that help stimulate the imagination, and that you can play together with your kids. Best of all – we do it in a safe way without third-party advertising or in-app purchases.

Books

Ok so these books aren’t technically “educational” resources, but hey – they’re books! :) I say anytime we can get kids involved in reading, it counts as learning!

Percy Jackson and The Heroes of Olympus Book Series – Rick Riordan

A new Great Prophecy, a new generation of demigods – the adventures have just begun! In this new five-book series, expect to see your old friends from the Percy Jackson books along with a great new cast of main characters, as the heroes of Camp Half-Blood embark on their most dangerous challenge yet.

Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series – Rick Riordan

The series that started it all. Join the adventures of Percy Jackson and his demigod friends as they fight mythological monsters and the forces of the titan lord Kronos.

The Dot – Peter H. Reynolds

With a simple, witty story and free-spirited illustrations, Peter H. Reynolds entices even the stubbornly uncreative among us to make a mark – and follow where it takes us.

The Mysterious Benedict Society – Trenton Lee StewartThe Mysterious Benedict Society – Trenton Lee Stewart

After Reynie Muldoon responds to an advertisement recruiting “gifted children looking for special opportunities,” he finds himself in a world of mystery and adventure.

The One and Only Ivan – Katherine Applegate

Ivan is an easygoing gorilla. Living at the Exit 8 Big Top Mall and Video Arcade, he has grown accustomed to humans watching him through the glass walls of his domain. Katherine Applegate blends humor and poignancy to create Ivan’s unforgettable first-person narration in a story of friendship, art, and hope.

 

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