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Playonwords.com Announces Top 10 PAL Award Picks 2016, Holiday Gift Guide

Take a look at this list of fabulous toys, books and games that generate so much fun and learning too!

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The Language of STEM

I’ve written a number of times about the language skills needed and used in STEM education. As speech language therapists we often work in subjects that people don’t typically connect with language. I had a middle school student with a … Continue reading

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The Language of Learning Circuits

With all the emphasis on STEM learning and toys that can build skills in those areas of science, let’s not forget the language essential to and underlying this learning. I always learn more about a toy from kids as they play … Continue reading

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Kindergarteners’ Behavior and Social Readiness Linked to Future Academic Success

I love to read interesting research and The ASHA Leader magazine does an excellent job of reporting current, relevant research in our  field of speech and language pathology. In their June edition, “Kindergarteners’ Behavior, Social ‘Readiness’ Could Affect Long-Term Success,” … Continue reading

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PAL Winners Stand Out in Toy Stores

I have been traveling quite a bit recently to see family and exploring our new surroundings in Wisconsin, so I always stop in to any specialty retailer toy store that I find. Of course I am looking for PAL Award … Continue reading

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Teaching on the Floor in Comfort with Teacher Chair

Some of you have seen my video when I discovered the prize at the end of the first day of the Toy Fair. The “Teacher Chair” was awaiting me among all the cute imaginative play tents in Pacific Play Tents’ booth. … Continue reading

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New Jane Goodall Rainforest Research Camp Inspires Little Female Leaders

Little girls and Moms loved the concept of doll role-play emulating the inspiring female scientist Dr. Jane Goodall. My little friend heard that I had The Queen’s Treasures new set and couldn’t contain herself waiting for me to put the tent … Continue reading

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Hot New Products for Baby/Toddlers

I’ve been a big fan of Fisher Price toys from way back. The first toys I bought for my first job in preschool speech therapy were the FP farm and house. I just recently parted with them as they had … Continue reading

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Video Toy Reviews for Teachers and Speech Therapists of Puppets and Playtents

Toy Fair 2016 was alive with so many exciting new toys and games that can spark language learning. Here are some of my favorites that educators will love that we had to capture on video: Folkmanis Puppets: Elaine Kolias is … Continue reading

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New Toy Videos from Toy Fair 2016

I know lots of you are fans of Build and Imagine sets so I wanted to introduce you to their newest set, “Pet Portrait Studio.” Here’s a product that will keep the kids busy on a snow day….InRoad’s PlayTape. Honestly … Continue reading

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