Saturday, August 1, 2015

The Book Every Family Needs to Keep Kids Busy and Happy

If you have kids, you are familiar with the questions, "When are we going to get there?",  "How much longer?", and, "I'm bored. What can I do?" Keeping kids engaged during a family outing or activity can be challenging at the best of times. While tablets and cell phones are handy to have, they aren't always practical. Batteries run out, wifi isn't always available, or tensions are strained when sharing is necessary. What can a family do to enjoy the journey as well as the destination?

Enter, Amanda Morin's latest book, On-the Go Fun for Kids!: More Than 250 Activities to Keep Little Ones Busy and Happy--Anytime, Anywhere!.  Packed full of activities to keep kids of all ages busy and happy during car trips, on planes, trains, in hotels or while shopping, it is also a book that is written for kids of all ability levels and interests. Using her expertise as an educator and parent, Ms. Morin ensures that there are activities that appeal to various learning styles. There are word games, opportunities to draw, observation games, brain teasers and even ideas for those tablets and cell phones. Many activities can be easily  used and/or adapted for kids with learning issues. For example, page 33 suggests a game called, "Road Sign Bingo", in which symbols are used instead of words. 

While some activites require adult support, most can be done independently or with a partner. For example, "License Plate Delight" on page 18, can be played while on a road trip with one child or the whole family. It requires the participants to count the number of license plates from the state you are in. In addition, there are interactive pages that kids can write, draw or doodle on. "At the Zoo" on page 20, asks kids to circle the differences between two similar pictures of a zoo. Finally, there is a bonus chapter at the end of the book with ideas to keep kids busy when Mom or Dad have work to get done at home!  

With its easy-to-read format and kid-friendly graphics, On-the-Go Fun for Kids, is small and lightweight enough to put into the pocket in the back seat of a car or in a carry-on bag. You won't want to leave this book at home the next time you step out the door for a vacation or trip to the grocery store. It is a book that every family needs to have! You can find On-the Go Fun for Kids!: More Than 250 Activities to Keep Little Ones Busy and Happy--Anytime, Anywhere! in your local bookstore on online at

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Sunday, June 7, 2015

7 Things for Parents to Do Before the School Year Ends!

The end of the school year can make you feel like you've reached the end of a long marathon. However, before you cross the finish line, take these steps to ensure a smooth start after summer break!

1.  Find out who your child’s teacher will be for the next school year before the summer break.

2.  Meet with next year’s teacher, preferably before the current school year ends. Introduce your child and ask for a tour of the classroom. (If your child is new to the school, ask if you can see the rest of the building. Don’t forget to check out the playground!) You might also be able to meet with new support staff as well.

3.  Bring a camera during your meeting and ask to take photos of the new classroom, teacher and surroundings.

4.  Ask if any of your child’s friends will be in the same class. Try to maintain friendships through the summer break.

5.  There are many books and computer applications for children that tell social stories. Provide your child with social stories that model appropriate behavior at school and with other children.

6.  Create a “Transition Book” for your child. This is a book about your child’s new teacher and class. You can use the photos you took during your meeting at the school. Look at the book regularly to help your child become familiar with the new environment.

7.  Once school has started, check-in with your child’s new teacher on a regular basis to see if the transition has been successful.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Downloads for the Inclusive Classroom!


Is it Inclusion?

10 Easy Changes Teachers Can Make to Facilitate Inclusion


How to Prepare Students with Special Needs for the Inclusive Class

Ways to Include Students Outside of the Classroom

5 Ways to Create an Inclusive Reading and Writing Program

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