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Ten-Frame Treasures™ by Learning Resources {review & giveaway}


If you are looking for a fun way to aid in teaching your hands-on learning child math, Ten-Frame Treasures just may be the activity set you are looking for! This comprehensive math manipulative set appealed to both my son age 2 1/2 and my daughter age 5. It can help you teach base-ten number concepts and it’s great for early addition and subtraction.  Let’s be serious here too, what kid doesn’t get excited over a treasure chest?

The set as a whole comes with 85 pieces. There’s the chest, 4 Ten-Frame Trays, 40 Silver Coins, & 40 Gold coins. The coins all have the same design which is a crown on one side and on the other a ship. Both my kids liked the designs and thought it was cool that the images were raised. Each of the trays can hold ten coins each. And a bonus is that the trays and the coins fit into the treasure chest making it easy to store. I will note that there’s no latch or anything so if the treasure chest topples over or is held upside down, you’ll have pieces scattered everywhere.

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X-ACTO SharpX Performance Electric Pencil Sharpener {review}

If you are looking to sharpen many pencils quickly, you’ll be pleased with the X-ACTO SharpX Performance Electric Pencil Sharpener. One of it’s features is that this pencil sharpener allows you to sharpen multiple standard sizes of pencils, even triangular ones! This is a great feature for my family since we have younger children that use larger beginner sized pencils, removing any need for multiple sharpeners in our home.

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Disneynature: Wings of Life (Blu-ray / DVD) Review


From Disneynature, the studio that brought you Earth, Oceans, African Cats and Chimpanzee, comes Wings of Life — a stunning adventure full of intrigue, drama and mesmerizing beauty. Narrated by Meryl Streep, this intimate and unprecedented look at butterflies, hummingbirds, bees, bats and flowers is a celebration of life, as a third of the world’s food supply depends on these incredible — and increasingly threatened — creatures.

Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Louie Schwartzberg, Wings of Life utilizes riveting high-speed, time lapse and macro filmmaking to showcase in spectacular detail these unsung heroes of our planet.

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Funky Monkey Forecast™ Magnetic Daily Weather Set {review & giveaway}


I recently had been looking for a fun hand’s way to teach my two children age 2 1/2 and soon to be five years old about the calendar as well as our weather. I wanted something to display in our school area that could easily be changed up daily. I found a few calendars here and there but they weren’t cutting it as I wanted the weather listed too! I needed an all in one and something that would be exciting and boldly catching the eye and interest of children. This is when I discovered a fantastic educational set from Learning Resources that could do all I wanted and more super easily!

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Happy Earth Day!

2013-04-22Melody and Owen are celebrating a week of Earth appreciation! We started today talking about ways we help take care of the earth and did a fun craft. The craft was of the earth and then the kids traced their hands and Mommy helped cut those out so the kids could glue them to the back of the earth.  It was to help the kids remember caring for our planet gives it a helping hand.

Did you do anything for Earth Day? Please share what!

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