Traditional Childrens Songs | Children Songs We wanted to come up with something special that wasn’t available anywhere else… at least, not for FREE. So we have selected a whole bunch of great traditional children’s favorites…songs that have been around for many years. Songs that children, and their parents, and their grandparents and even great-grandparents might all remember and love from their childhood. They may have sung them around the campfire, or at vacation bible school…almost anywhere! Then, we tapped some friends of ours…Noelle Shearer and John Morgan…to help us out. And, if you really love these songs, check out this great CD of songs by Noelle & John called Happy Children, Happy Day.
OTR.Network Library (The Old Time Radio Network) Elf on the Shelf -- Holiday Books and Traditions “Kaia, it’s time for bed.”“But mommy, I want to stay up!!”“Well, I know you want to be a good listener––the elf is watching.” Plus: Fun Ideas for Elf on the Shelf Ah, the spirit of Christmas is upon us. Plus: Our Favorite Holiday Books for Kids But the real fun behind the elf is finding him in the morning and discovering what kind of mischief he got himself into overnight. Tricky ElfUse a roll of toilet paper to “TP” your Christmas tree or child’s room and put the empty roll in your elf’s arms. Snow AngelSprinkle flour on the countertop and move your elf’s legs to simulate a snow angel. Candy ODEmpty a bag of candy (M&Ms work well) around your elf and put the empty bag in his arms. Fun with FriendsSet a scene with the elf hanging out with your child’s favorite stuffed animals. Panty RaidHang your child’s underwear on the tree or around the house and pose your elf hanging on her underwear drawer. Plus: How the Elf on the Shelf Saved Our Christmas Dress UpYou can buy clothes for your elf!
Free online speed reading software | Spreeder.com Speed reading is the art of silencing subvocalization. Most readers have an average reading speed of 200 wpm, which is about as fast as they can read a passage out loud. This is no coincidence. However, it is entirely possible to read at a much greater speed, with much better reading comprehension, through silencing this inner voice. In the real world, this is achieved through methods like reading passages using a finger to point your way. With the aid of software like Spreeder, it's much easier to achieve this same result with much less effort. To train to read faster, you must first find your base rate. After you've finished, double that speed by going to the Settings and changing the Words Per Minute value. Now, reread the passage again at your base rate. That's basically it - constantly read passages at a rate faster than you can keep up, and keep pushing the edge of what you're capable of. Good luck!
Play At Home Mom Underweight child? Here’s how to put on a few healthy pounds - On Parenting For a recipe that is full of healthful calories, try these energy balls. My children’s friends often walk into our house and immediately ask whether I have any in the fridge or freezer; in other words, they are a crowd pleaser, and a nutrient-rich one. (Toni L. Sandys - The Washington Post) Despite an obesity epidemic in this country, many toddlers and children are underweight. Parents might want to focus less on the scale and instead direct their energy toward providing their children with enough macronutrients (protein, carbohydrates and fats) and micronutrients (vitamins and minerals). The following foods can help a child healthfully gain weight and thrive: • Beneficial fats, especially plant-based fats. - Flaxseed oil. - Coconut oil. - Nuts and seeds. - Avocados. - Olives are about 80-85 percent healthful fat, and because of their high amounts of antioxidants and phytonutrients (a beneficial plant compound), they have been shown to help prevent disease. • Smoothies. Energy Balls Steps
45 Days of Quick, Easy, and Practical Lunches Okay so school is well under way and all of your cutesie lunch box ideas are exhausted. What we need now are practical, quick, and easy lunches that kids, spouses, and working moms will actually eat! We polled our 200,000+ Facebook fans for inspiration. For a PRINTABLE VERSION, click here. First thing’s first: Invest in a good lunch box! Our Facebook readers give their top suggestions for lunch boxes that really make a difference. Easy Lunchboxes PlanetBox The Go Green Lunch Box Sandwhiches/Wraps Aside from your basic pb&j, or turkey sandwich, here are some variations that are quick and easy! 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. Hot Lunch Sometimes we forget the power of the thermos–voila, food stays hot for hours! 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. Breakfast for Lunch 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. Quick Ideas 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. 31. 32. 33. 34. 35. 36. 37. 38. 39. 40. 41. 42. 43. 44. Tips from a teacher: 45. Get the PRINTABLE VERSION of this list here. Read more of our fabulous Facebook lunchbox tips here!
How to make coding child's play The popularity of Minecraft, a video game that puts kids in the role of creator, has sparked an interest in coding (computer programming). By learning to code, kids can create their own games, websites, apps, pictures and stories while also learning how to think logically and solve problems. There are apps, websites and even a new board game that turn coding into child's play. Here are some of my favorites: Tynker – Learn programming with visual code blocks Best for ages 8-14, Free, iPad Rating: 3.5 stars (out of 4) Kids learn the basics by going on an adventure with Pixel the dog. Presented as 20 puzzles, each with a different, progressively-harder goal, the app offers an easy interface for learning and experimenting. Kids will learn to recognize repeating patterns and to program the repetition using loops. By teaching coding inside a fun story environment, this app isn't intimidating. Kodable/Kodable Pro SurfScore, best for ages 6-up, Free or $6.99, iPad Rating: 4 stars Scratch Codecademy
Growing Rock Candy In Only a Few Hours!! Today I am going to demonstrate a technique I had developed to grow rock candy crystals in just a matter of a few hours, instead of the conventional several weeks. This technique is quite simple, but we will be working with hot sugar liquid here, so this is only to be attempted by someone responsible, and qualified to do it safely. That means if your are just a kid, don't try this without Parent or guardian supervision. Now that is out of the way, we need to go over what we need. First thing we are going to need is a pot to cook the sugar solution in. We also are going to need a candy thermometer, in order to determine the stage at which the sugar solution is cooking at. Were also going to want a measuring cup... We also need something to grow the crystals on, I am using a piece of string, and of course if you plan on eating your crystals you want to make sure it is clean and safe to eat off of.