Better Screen Time With Learning Apps

Learning apps are a far better use of screen time!




Whether you love it or hate it or don’t know what it is Pokemon Go is one of the most popular apps in the world right now. Here are some alternatives created intentionally to foster learning, making them a truly  worthwhile time investment.  For fun, and since Pokemon’s from Japan, I’ll count the apps in Japanese – Ichi, Ni, San, Go!






Ichi (One):  Have story time anywhere with the FarFaria App.

You will like this app because kids can READ quietly and be entertained wherever they are.  It also gives the entire family access to thousands of books on iPad, kindle, phone, ext. so there are options for all ages! Turn screen time into story time with this “Netflix for Children’s BOOK” app.  Its great to be able to save books to the app so they can read offline anywhere!!

Great for: Ages 2-9

Cost: For a limited time, $19.99 (Save $20!)





Ni (Two): Improve reading skills with Hooked On Phonics app.

Do your kids love Hooked On Phonics?

Theyve really brought this time-honored system to the big league with this amazing app.  It has educational games to keep kids at home or on the phone anywhere.  I love that it syncs children’s progress to all devices –  –So, if dad is working night shift he is kept up with PJ’s progress.  And if you don’t have the app around you can just download the app, sign, in, and have kids pick up right where they left off.  Seamless.

Great for: Ages 2-8

Cost: For a limited time, $29.99 (Save 20$)





San (Three):  Learn coding skills with the brower-based Learn to Mod program.

Do your kids love video games and winning badges?  Use that to get them coding!  The Learn to Mod program is a browser-based software that teaches kids how to “mod” Minecraft with both Blockly and Javascript (neither of which I understand, but there you have it).  The program includes hundreds of puzzles, video lessons, and quizzes that get kids learning this impressive skill while having fun.  The badges keep them coming back for more!

Great forAges 7-13

Cost: $29.99




imageGo! (Four): Need help with homework?  Use the GradeSlam app and ask a tutor!!

Need help helping with homework??  Are you strapped for time to help with homework?  There is an app for that, too! GrandSlam provides 24/7 tutoring in all subject’s to students in middle and high school, as well as, college.  With their award winning chat-based tutoring platform, your kids can access tutors anytime they need.  This is the perfect supplement for any subject matter beyond your scope, busy spells, and for when kids head off to college.  

Great for: upper school to college ages, tougher subjects

Cost: For a limited time, get a whole year for  $99 (save) $81!)





I hope I’ve expanded your DIGITAL horizons beyond Pokemon Go today!  What apps do your kids use?  Comment below.  I’d love to hear about it!




Thanks for reading!

Crystal 🙂


DIY Emergency Tooth Fairy Pillow


Do It Yourself Emergency Tooth Fairy Pillow….




Ive been scouting for the perfect lost tooth holder because the Tooth Fairy complained that it was to hard to find my sons tooth the last visit!!


And here I am still looking online while yet another tooth is loose..yikes, I’m cutting it really close!  His tooth is hanging by a thread literally but I want to find some kind of tooth holder that he will want to pass on to his kids someday.  

Even if I purchased the kit I have been eyeing online it would take at least half a week to arrive.  

Very cute kit!! See here on


So, today we finished up his homework and started a new study on Informational Text (about TEETH of course!:)).  Then, my son put this project together.  


I couldn’t tell you how I came up with this other than I’ve found many blogs with this tooth pattern only the patterns were for sewing or croucheting…I can’t sew much and don’t know how to crochet.  I decided a paper version would more than work in a pinch.  It turned out to be a great way to work on hand eye coordination, fine motor skills, and articulation for speech.  Besides, he was so proud of his work that he is sleeping with it:)

Tonight I will post the super easy steps to make it.




Step 1…. Draw a pattern of a large tooth to cover a standard size piece of heavy paper or cardstock.

2….  Trace your pattern on another piece of card stock and cut a small square for a tooth pocket.




3….  Let your child decorate or just draw a face on one piece of cardstock and add the tiny tooth pocket to the other piece of cardstock.  We used Elmer’s glue to secure the pocket to the back.  Then use a hole punch around the edges of the patterns.


4….  This is where I surprised him!  I let him use the remainder of our glow in the dark yarn that was made during our SPIDER UNIT to lace the teeth together!! Let your child be creative and make some glow in the dark string too!



He is using his tongue to concentrate here.  Love that!

He was so excited that he tried to goto bed early but disappointed he couldn’t.  He had not taken a bath yet.:)





These are a few Tooth Fairy supplies I’m choosing from……..

Boys Stamped Tooth Fairy Pillow at
My Baby Tooth Book for boys at
Complete kit at

Narratives: Making Connections With Text Through Characters


Connecting To Text With Characters….

Character connections dental Health Month



My son and I continued to study Narratives and all its components this Thanksgiving break from school.  


He has lost THREE teeth!! AND now he has a  fourth tooth loose:).  So, instead of learning about The First Thanksgiving ( we can always do that next week, RIGHT.!??),  he and I read this ADORABLE firster chapter-book!  It turned out to be one of our favorite books!  I only wish I had found it sooner for my now grown daughter to enjoy.


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     This book has 13 chapters that took us all of his break from school to read.  We took our time and were able to read the whole book two times from start to finish.  This is a great reading comprehension strategy BTW!



If you have been following you will remember I like to use anchor charts when we cover literature at home.   My son just loves the BIG visuals we draw and write out together!!  




     This particular book worked good with a VENN DIAGRAM to compare himself to Pearl, the main character in the book.  The second most important character of course was the TOOTH FAIRY!!


He loves to draw on wrapping paper and I love that he is using his whole body to think!



How are we the SAME?








He wrote new details to compare himself to Pearl after every few chapters.  We used the TABLE OF CONTENTS   to label every new chapter and find the page the chapter started on. 

How are we DIFFERENT?



When the diagram was all filled up we continued to talk about comparing his own tooth loss experiences to Pearls experiences.

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      In the book, Pearl makes a tooth collection box for herself.  (She wasn’t giving that old Tooth Fairy her tooth and that was the rising conflict in the story.)  My son just loved that part and made all kinds of ” Oooh Noo!!”  faces:)    So, we decided to make a paper tooth fairy pillow together to represent that he gave the tooth fairy his teeth.  Post the finished product later…


     He liked the book so much so that I even looked for TOOTH FAIRY PACKS to incorporate into his week off from school.  




3 Dinosaurs- FREE Tooth Fairy Pack ages 2-7

Enchanted Learning- FREE Tooth Fairy Pack


     This book itself has many LETTERS to and from the Tooth Fairy as they two characters were in a fued over a lost tooth.  I took advantage of the books content and we wrote a future letter asking the tooth fairy to keep his next tooth:)  


Here is the link for a letter responding to that request FROM THE TOOTH FAIRY HERSELF!!


More future tooth fairy ideas(:


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I’m sure I will be reading more books about the tooth fairy real soon, but if you have more ideas to add to this tooth fairy unit feel free to comment!! Love to here from you!


Thank you for reading!

Crystal 🙂