Category Archives: Preschool

Best Educational Toys for Storytelling

Telling stories builds speech, language, and pre-literacy skills as children create a beginning, middle and end to their story, sequence and link concepts together to brainstorm a cohesive story. Fun materials stimulate thinking whether in speech therapy or at home … Continue reading

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Best Educational Toys to Build Language

After attending the Toy Fair in New York City, I am busy testing all the great toys that have been sent to me as candidates for the PAL Award (Play Advanced Language). It is such fun to discover new companies … Continue reading

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Top Preschool Books to Encourage Language Development

Here are some of my favorites, old and new for your preschooler to encourage language through a great story: The Great Fuzz Frenzy by Janet Stevens. Check out my review. Kids love this book for the zany antics of the … Continue reading

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Best Valentine’s Day Read-Alouds

Hang out for day with a child, and you realize that Valentine’s Day is everyday–filled with love and hugs overflowing. Capture the spirit with a fun picture book, whether chasing a kiss through the forest, freely dispersing hugs through a … Continue reading

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Guest Blog: Top 5 Kid’s Educational Apps for the iPad

Hi this is Andrew from Kids Educational Apps.   Full disclosure: My mom, Sherry, runs Playonwords.com.  As a father and video game enthusiast, I started a website for parents who love games that engage kids and encourage learning.  It just … Continue reading

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Teaching Your Preschooler to Read? Tips

I have blogged before about how ineffective some programs are that are marketed to parents of young children, claiming they will teach your baby, toddler and preschooler to read. Recently, I was stopped by a wonderful mom of a 4 … Continue reading

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“Beautiful Oops!” For the Perfectionist In All Of Us

Driving around in my car with the radio droning on in the background, I perked up when listening to an author’s interview on CBS radio with Barney Saltzberg, who just wrote “Beautiful Oops!”  A fascinating topic for anyone who dabbles in … Continue reading

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“ABC Animal Jamboree” by Giles Andreae

Celebrate the alphabet with this party of animals from an angelfish to a zebra with lots of fun in between. The bold, snappy illustrations pop off the page as you imagine “the boa constrictor’s a slippery snake who squashes then … Continue reading

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“The Pout-Pout Fish in the Big-Big Dark” by Diesen

Our friend, the Pout-Pout Fish, is back embarking on a new adventure of courage and friendship.  Author, Deborah Diesen’s power packed verse draws us into a delightful glide through the ocean of attentive, buggy-eyed sea creatures as Mr. Fish fulfills … Continue reading

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“The Pirate Ship” Super Sized Floor Puzzle by Ravensburger

24 large puzzle pieces link together to reveal a cut-away view of three floors and a deck of pirate activity. Preparing fish in the kitchen, writing in  the captain’s log, bathing in a bubble bath, operating the engines, or playing … Continue reading

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