- Reading Rainbow: Offers a library of books to users, themed according to a child’s interests (action adventures, magical tales, etc.). Kids can choose to have a book read aloud to them or to read the book themselves. To access more than one book, however, you’ll have to subscribe to the app — a $10 recurring monthly fee or $30 for six months.
- Starfall Learn to Read: an app version of the stellar learn-to-read website, Starfall. The app has the same content as the “Learn to Read” section of the site. There are 15 mini-books, each focusing on a specific vowel, along with videos and activities to enhance literacy learning. As with other Starfall apps, the thorough and careful design keeps kids focused on learning.
- Martha Speaks Dog Party: A US Dept. of Education-funded study found target vocabulary improved up to 31 percent for children ages 3-7 who played this Parents’ Choice Recommended app over a two-week period. Includes FOUR fun-filled games starring Martha, the talking dog from the popular PBS KIDS TV series MARTHA SPEAKS(TM).
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Here I am at my drawing board filming our new set of ‘How to Draw’ videos. These two-minute videos are free and designed to give you a taste of the Young Rembrandts step-by-step method of learning to draw.
Your children will enjoy learning but even more importantly, they’ll gain confidence that leaves them wanting to do more art. And that’s all good because art and specifically drawing is so good for them, especially if they’re visual learners.
Now, our videos aren’t just for your kids. You can have fun drawing and boost your confidence too!
The month of April has the wonderful distinction of being Autism Awareness Month, and today, April 2nd, is World Autism Day. Autism is a neurological disorder that disrupts a person’s learning and socialization. While it affects over 1.5 million people in the U.S., it’s considered a ‘spectrum’ disorder because the characteristics vary from person to person.
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How can you have a sunny day at the beach, while confined to the Chicago suburbs over spring break?? If your kids have a spirit of adventure, an active imagination and a few choice props – anything is possible.
One of my favorite ‘staycation’ family memories happened years ago when our girls were in elementary school. It was spring break and we were excited to have a week without homework and time constraints, mom included. And at our house that meant lots more time for playful adventures.
One day, without realizing what I would inspire, I brought home three inexpensive pink and white striped tote bags, one for each daughter. Inside each bag was a pair of summer flip-flops. As I gave the girls their tote bags, I could see big sister Laurie’s wheels start turning. She quickly swept her younger sisters into her imagination and upstairs to change. Soon they reappeared holding beach towels, wearing swimsuits, sunglasses and their new flip-flops. The dining room chairs were quickly moved away from the table, the towels spread out underneath and a sunny afternoon beach adventure ensued.
How can you encourage creative at home adventures?
Enjoy our Springtime Sale going on now in the Bette Fetter Being Visual store. Take 30% off all orders of $30 or more! We have everything from colorful and artistic wearables to fun drawing workbooks, all for your little ones to enjoy. Our artistic t-shirts and hoodie make great birthday and Easter presents while our variety of workbooks are sure to keep the creativity flowing while at home!
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I recently went through the messy and exhausting process of deep cleaning of my home office. I noticed that my crowded work space was beginning to affect my mental space, so it was time to dig in and declutter. The piles on my desk were overwhelming, my bookshelves overflowing and my filing system completely ineffective. So after considerable time spent sorting, purging and reorganizing, I can say it was worth every bit of the effort. Not only is the space more inviting, the atmosphere itself feels cleaner and I feel there’s room for me and my thoughts now.
As much as a good purging and declutter is for us as adults, it is even more significant for our kids. Young children are in the process of developing internal order and the space around them profoundly affects them externally and internally.
For some of us, it seems like winter has been dragging on forever. Just when we think the storms have ended and snow is melting, we get hit again and are forced to remain bundled up. Recently with Brayden, my grandson, it seems like most of his cold weather clothes are about at their tipping (or ripping) point, until we pulled out this gem.
Our “i do art” hoodie is the perfect gift for the “art kid” in your house or family. Cozy and durable, this hoodie is a masterpiece, covered in artistic attitude and sized child’s small –x large. This hoodie comes in one color and is a limited edition. Get one now before their gone!
This is one of my all time favorite drawings. My son did it when he was in first grade and attended weekly Young Rembrandts classes. Like all parents, I am especially fond of anything and everything my own kids do, but this drawing represents so much more.
First – he drew a collection of cacti! Not sure that would ever have happened without being in a drawing class.
Then – look at all those details! Check out that line work, the colors, and the multitude of careful little lines for the ‘pokey things’ on the cactus. You can tell by looking at it, he really enjoyed the line work and all the careful coloring.