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I believe the two best things you can do for your children is to one – have them learn to play an instrument and read sheet music, and two – have them learn a second language.  These two activities are proven to have dramatic effects on intellect later in life.

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I  just found one of my favorite children’s books. An Awesome Book that’s written and illustrated by Dallas Clayton is absolutely magical! This book is about dreaming big. It encourages you and your child to dream the impossible, where up is down and cars run on jelly beans instead of gas.

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Multiply and Divide with Sticks and Steps

As my daughter prepares to enter Kindergarten, I am more aware of my role as a teacher.  During our recent move back to Los Angeles, finding a house in the right school district became a larger focus than I had imagined.  At first I thought, “find a highly rated school

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The Black Book of COlors
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A good friend of mine gave a book to my daughter titled, The Black Book of Colors by Menena Cottin (author) and Rosana Faria (illustrator).  It has to be one of the most unique and special books I have ever seen, and was delighted for my daughter to experience it.

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Casper Babypants books

Caspar Babypants has been providing fun music for my daughter (look for a new CD review coming soon) for some time now.  I was delighted to see that Caspar (musician, songwriter) joined up with wife Kate Endle (illustrator, Etsy store owner) to create a pair of really great books. She

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I adore finding new books that have wonderful messages behind them. Just released this winter, Peepsqueak! This adorable little chick who comes out of his egg with a can-do attitude. As we know, our little kids think their invincible. Unfortunately they will be faced with a lot of people telling

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Plant a Kiss
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With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching, I’m on the hunt for educational, fun items to surprise my daughter with. I was so excited to see that Amy Krouse Rosenthal just released a new book that was illustrated by Peter Reynolds titled, Plant a Kiss. I’ve yet to meet a child that can

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Sage Spoonfuls
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I’m noticing this trend in all aspects of my life, which is the over-engineering of things. I’ve noticed that a lot of the baby food recipe books are completely over done. I think it’s wonderful for the parents who have time to make a 5 course puree meal for their

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Everyone loves the classic poem The Night Before Christmas, originally penned by Clement Moore.   It is a must read for Christmas Eve, and now there is a new way to enjoy it!  My daughter absolutely loves interactive books and The Night Before Christmas is no different!  Each page keeps your

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Hot off the press, Disney FamilyFun Kids has created a brand new, ad-free magazine just for kids! I have to say, it was extremely refreshing to look through a magazine without endless pages of ads to go through. This new magazine enhances kids’ creative abilities by inspiring them with ideas,

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