Tag Archives: Education

Little Scholar the best tablet to get your kids ready for pre-K though 1st grade

Little-Scholar-Tablet-FrontI’m a big fan of the iPads and Kindle devices for kids, but sometimes its a little hard to find the right educational apps… Little Scholar is the perfect solution – its a device that comes loaded with early learning workbooks, flashcards, and software are designed by educators and focused on developing success in math, reading, spelling and more.

All of School Zone’s rewarding educational knowledge is now available in Little Scholar. Little Scholar is designed to teach kids 3-7 the essential skills needed for school and is the only tablet that comes fully-loaded with 200+ uniquely fun apps, books, songs, and videos (a $390 value). Parents also love the A+ app that allows them to track progress and guide their child’s learning.

Ready to play – no extra purchases, downloads, or Wi-Fi needed (although additional content can be uploaded) it was designed for little hands with a large 8-inch screen, textured easy-grip protective bumper, and extended 5-foot power cord.

IF you’re in the market now – you can find them from $149-199 but if you hang out till the fall there is a new and improved version coming to Toys R Us (heres the current version!). For more information check out School Zone’s website.

Pull-Ups.com livestream of Potty Dance Day (March 5) and Giveaway

Pull-Ups is having an awesome event coming up very soon. On March 5, we are celebrating Potty Dance Day and across the United States there will be many different Potty Dance Parties.As a part of this speciail day you will also be able to Watch Ralph’s World perform the Potty Dance live in concert and learn the moves while attending a Potty Dance Party in cities across the country. Click on a city below to sign up to attend an event near you!

Not nearby those cities try… doing it online Saturday, March 5, 2011; 11:30am EST – 12:30pm EST Tune in at www.Pull-Ups.com at 11:30am EST for a special LIVE streamed concert from children’s music group, Ralph’s World, where they’ll be performing The Potty Dance RSVP: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=194691407223626&index=1

Here’s some quick Q&A for tips

Q. My child was having potty training success but suddenly decided that he/she no longer wants to use the potty. How can we get back on track?
A. A child may begin to demonstrate a power struggle with a parent, where the child wants to take control of the potty training process. Consider taking a break from mentioning the potty training to your child, and focus on other developmental milestones. You may find that your child takes control of the situation on his/her own altogether and has consistent potty training success.

Q. My child has no interest in potty training. What we can do to get him/her interested?
A. Some children, even at the age of 3, just aren’t ready to begin the potty training process. Try looking for your child’s cues on when they might be ready, as there really is no magic age for beginning the process, and consider beginning potty training at that point. It may even take the encouragement of a grandparent, teacher or other mentor to get your tot motivated.

Q. What can my family do to make potty training less stressful and more fun for my child?
A. You can begin making the process more light-hearted from the get-go simply by ensuring your approach isn’t so serious. Celebrate your child’s achievements by dancing or providing them a reward, like stickers or candy, and have a good time. Although potty training can be hard work, try to relax, avoid putting pressure on yourself and your child, and trust that success will happen eventually.

Pull-Ups Online Potty Training Tools

Now its time for the giveaway…

Giveaway prize includes:

  • Pull-Ups coupons
  • 5 Enjoy the Ride Rewards bonus points
  • Potty Dance mat
  • Potty training DVD
  • Coloring sheet

To enter the giveaway comment below with your Potty Training Question… 2 lucky winners will win this cool prize pack plus their question answered by Jen Singer the creator of MommaSaid.net YAH!

Calling all Entrepreneurs – I’ve got the book for you… The Entrepreneur Equation by Carol Roth

I was sent a copy of Carol Roth’s new book The Entrepreneur Equation to read and review. Carol gives the reader a no holds barred look at what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur. This is the book that doesn’t dance around the secret sauce it tells you what you need to put in to make it all work. You can go to business school get your MBA and I would still say you need to read this book.

Why should you even listen to Carol? Carol has an amazing background in not only helping entrepreneurs like you, but she’s helped companies raise over $1 billion in capital. She knows her stuff, which is why MSNBC, FOX Business and many other business outlets consistently feature Carol’s advice.

I believe this book should be required reading for both aspiring and existing business owners.  There is some great stuff going on http://theentrepreneurequation.com including some special offers – say a limited edition doll if you purchase 10 books at a time.  Since I have the feeling you’ll be watching Carol from you’re living room this time next year – it might truly be a great collectors item.

Carol wants entrepreneurs to succeed and while the book might make you a bit discourage you from quitting your day job its all about taking the risk to be an entrepreneur a person who is simultaneously passionate and realistic will do the work laid out in the book can use it to become successful. This is not a get rich quick book, there is no buy 12 sell to 12 and have them sell to their 12 pyramid schemes. This is a book that will challenge you in ways that you may not have thought and because of that it is a good book to read.

Causing a Ruckus with iOS ebook for kids – free this weekend and giveaway!

As a token of our appreciation and a treat for the upcoming holiday season, we are giving a gift from our family to yours – two apps for FREE!

The promo will run Thanksgiving Day, November 24th, just before midnight, through Monday, November 29th at midnight.  During that time, you will be able to download – FREE — both The Velveteen Rabbit http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/the-velveteen-rabbit/id395279598?mt=8 )and The Night Before Christmas ( http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/the-night-before-christmas/id404806295?mt=8 ), a brand new app just added to the Ruckus library.  Both of these classic stories are narrated by Meryl Streep and contain beautiful artwork and music.  Think of it as a little Meryl Streep gift from us.

I’ve gotten a chance to watch the amazing job that Ruckus has done with Robin Williams in Pecos Bill. The artwork is amazing and the voice over talent is second to none.  The other book i checked out was John Henry which is voiced over by Denzel Washington.

I do have some giveaways for these great ebooks coming up but you’ll need to be a fan on facebook… http://facebook.com/dadarocks also I figure that Ruckus was sooo nice in giving these away for free that should be enough!

Stars Wars storms into The Scholastic Store and Book Giveaway

The Scholastic Store is hosting a Stars Wars event on Saturday, October 23 from 1-5pm. Kids of all ages (and their parents) can hang out with Star Wars Storm Troopers and maybe even a member of the Droid Detachment! There will be classes for young paduwans and a chance to win a copy of the new book, Millennium Falcon.

Scholastic Store has some pretty awesome events coming up and usually they’re free, check the calendar here. While not everyone can make it to the store Saturday for this awesome party – Scholastic is blasting off with a rad giveaway for anyone in the US to win.

I’ve been reading these books (well not Millennium Falcon I’ve put that away since its pretty awesome and sooo not a toddler book, and I really like it myself.) to my kiddo. Its great to connect to something so Daddy – I grew up on Star Wars having an alphabet book that could use the word Droid is pretty cool!

Star Wars: ABC

Star Wars: ABC is an alphabetical adventure through the imaginative and intergalactic world of Star Wars featuring the names and images of the most popular characters, droids, spaceships, and creatures in this galaxy far, far away. Ages 0+, $12.99.


A perfect introduction to the Star Wars universe, this board book features the names and images of the most iconic spaceships coupled with simple text, as the Millennium Falcon, TIE Fighters, and X-Wings blast across outer space. Designed for the young Jedi-in-training, Star Wars: Spaceships will take children to a galaxy far, far away…into an epic story that was a defining moment for many of today’s parents. The Force is strong with this book.  Ages 4+, $7.99.

STAR WARS Millennium Falcon

For older STAR WARS fans, this novelty format dissects the most famous ship in the galaxy section-by-section, revealing the ship’s secrets and special modifications. Includes technical notes from Han Solo as well as a detailed overview of each of the ship’s main functions. All ages. For the older Jedi, $21.99.

How to win it… Contest ends 11:59pm EST. October 28, 2010.

You must comment telling us who your favorite Star Wars character is, please include some method for us to contact you in the comment (twitter or email)

You get 1 extra entry for following us on twitter – twitter.com/dadarocks

You get 1 extra entry for following The Scholastic Store on twitter – twitter.com/scholasticstore

You get 1 extra entry for tweeting about this contest (you can do this daily). Must contain the following information:

@scholasticstore #starwars @dadarocks – http://bit.ly/9XBdg4 and you must also comment with the link to your twitter message.

Example: I want to win the @scholasticstore #starwars books from @dadarocks – http://bit.ly/9XBdg4

You get 1 extra entry for becoming a Fan on facebook – facebook.com/dadarocks you must comment that you’re a fan (and leave a little note on the wall)

You get 1 extra entry for subscribing to our Feedburner digest mailing (right side subscribe by email) – you must also comment that you’ve subscribed

You get 1 extra entry for becoming a friend on Google Connect (right side below facebook box) – you must also comment that you’ve become a friend

You will have 24 hours to reply before we pick another winner!

Disclaimer: The Scholastic Store for the prizes for the raffle.

Calling all Explorers at the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum – Sunday 24th

I’ve been doing this Kids Club 13 things for a while – the events have been great! super cool, fun and very different places that you can take the family to… if you’re not great at making your own plans then JOIN NOW! they have great events once a month all over the NYC area (and outside northern NJ and Westchester too).  This trip around we’re going large we’re going to the Intrepid (can you hear the man grrrr in the back round!) this is totally a trip for Dads to really get involved with!

“Calling All Explorers!” at the Intrepid Museum
October 24, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Link: http://kids.thirteen.org/2010/03/02/calling-all-explorers-at-the-intrepid-museum/
Discover and learn about Sea, Air and Space as you explore the Intrepid Museum! Admission is free for Kids Club Thirteen members, and Cyberchase‘s favorite cyber-bird Digit will meet-and-greet fans and hand out free Cyber-goodies in the Kids Club Member Zone!

  • Join Kids Club Thirteen at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum on Sunday, October 24th!Explore the newly restored areas of the ship, plus aircraft and interactive exhibits that investigate space, flight, water, and life at sea aboard Intrepid. And there’s hands-on fun in the EXPLOREUM! – the museum’s new interactive learning zone.
  • Cyberchase’s favorite cyber-bird Digit will meet-and-greet fans in the Kids Club Member Zone! Arrive early for great giveaways (while supplies lasts)!
  • Kids Club Thirteen members receive free admission (don’t forget to bring your temporary card), and enjoy a members-only experience, episode screenings of Cyberchase and special crafts & activities.

Event Schedule

10 a.m – 1 p.m. Member Zone open to Kids Club members –
On-going hands-on crafts & activities, including Cyberchase episode screenings and Digit meet & greet.
11 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. ‘Four Forces of Flight’ demonstration led by Intrepid staff
11:30 a.m. – noon Explore Challenge guided tour Group A
noon – 12:30 p.m ‘Four Forces of Flight’ demonstration led by Intrepid staff
12:30 p.m. – 1 p.m. Explore Challenge guided tour Group B

Suggested member activities

Weekend Demonstrations 2:00 – 4:00
Families are invited to drop by the Discovery Deck in the Exploreum for a hands-on project that explores the themes of the temporary 27 Seconds exhibit- safety and heroism.

Discovery Cart 2:00 – 4:00
Stop by the Discovery Cart in the Hangar Deck to explore artifacts from the Intrepid during World War II with a Museum Educator.

Help donate school supplies to classrooms with Elmer’s Virtual Bag It Forward!

Help donate school supplies to classrooms with Elmer’s Virtual Bag It Forward!

For me, doing the back to school shopping just started last year and I can tell that it will become more and more of a larger chore as my girls get older. I have to say though that though I am sometimes amazed at the number of supplies that one can find, Walmart makes it easy and their prices are great! Being a member of Collective Bias I was excited to find that they were working with Elmer’s to help Adopt-A-Classroom make a difference in classrooms across the country by donating up to $10,000 in school supplies!

How can you help?
It’s easy to join in the Elmer’s Virtual Bag It Forward – all you have to do is write a post on your blog to donate a virtual bag of school supplies. For every post written before 12pm EST on August 12, 2010, Elmer’s will donate $10 to Adopt-A-Classroom, up to $10,000. You can give as many virtual bags as you want!


  • Copy and paste these rules into your blog post.
  • Create a blog post giving a “virtual bag of school supplies” to other bloggers or write about your Back to School shopping trip at Walmart.
  • Link back to the person who gave you a bag of school supplies.
  • Let each person you are giving a virtual bag of school supplies know you have given them a bag.
  • Leave your link in the Elmer’s Virtual Bag It Forward comment section. You can also find the official rules of this virtual #bagitforward program there.
  • Elmer’s is donating $10 for each blog participating in the Virtual Bag It Forward Donation to Adopt-A-Classroom (up to total of $10,000 for blog posts written by August 12, 2010).
  • Please note that only one blog post per blog url will count towards the donation.

So I was tagged in this by Chris S. of Dad of Divas [Link] and I’m passing this forward to Carol of NYCityMama [Link], Jessica of Momma’s gone City [Link], Isabel of Alphamom [Link], Stephanie of Dial M for Minky {Moo} [Link]. I hope you will all join in to help #bagitforward with Elmer’s. And please, if you’re reading this and have a blog – join in as well!

Could the iPad really change how we read? I think so!

I wasn’t one of the many who posted specs day one and started to imagine the possibility of what this could mean. I’ll totally admit it I’m an apple fan boy, I think they’re made great products and changed the way many have used computers but I wasn’t sold just yet on the iPad they missed major things like video conferencing and some form of flash support.

Now a week plus after the release I’ve heard all the good and all the bad people have to say about the product (the good out weights the bad by a long shot).

My son loves our iPhones knows that the home button will turn off his game or movie/tv show (even though he still pushes it from time to time). He’s starting to learn the concept of interactive play with some of the games I’ve put in my prior iPhone/iPod Touch post [Link].

Now I’m starting to look and think about the iPad, the possibilities are limitless instead of kids carrying around backpacks ready to break their backs everyday. They need just one device loaded with rich content, and my example of just how it will it change how kids read? Take a look at this video clip…

Thats pretty awesome stuff could you imagine if all the children books became just a little more animated. Could you imagine a science text book that had interactions embedded into the content to show students how something worked? How about math books where the graphic calculator was built into the book?