Cubelets Discovery Set

Cubelets Discovery Set

Jennifer Wells ©2019 Parents’ Choice

 

For more than 20 years, Jennifer has been developing play experiences for children, with beloved organizations like Highlights and LEGO. With a Master’s degree in Children & Media, a Bachelor’s in Music, and a love of Star Trek, Jennifer has many layers.

Electro Guitar Kit

Jennifer Wells ©2019 Parents’ Choice

For more than 20 years, Jennifer has been developing play experiences for children, with beloved organizations like Highlights and LEGO. With a Master’s degree in Children & Media, a Bachelor’s in Music, and a love of Star Trek, Jennifer has many layers.

The Sunday Comics

Don Oldenburg ©2018 Parents’ Choice

A former feature writer and consumer columnist at The Washington Post for 22 years, Don Oldenburg is the Director of Publications and Editor of the National Italian American Foundation, in Washington, D.C. He regularly reviews books for USA Today and is the coauthor of “The Washington DC-Baltimore Dog Lovers Companion” (Avalon Travel). The proud father of three sons, he lives with his journalist-author wife, Ann Oldenburg, in McLean, VA.

Aprende Español en la Playa

Aprende Español en la Playa

Sharon Heuscher ©2018 Parents’ Choice

Sharon holds B.A.s in English Literature and Ancient Studies as well as a B.S. in Psychology. She is currently a masters-level trainee in Clinical Psychology specializing in neurodegenerative diseases. For the past thirteen years, Sharon has focused primarily on raising, educating, and nurturing her five children who range in age from three to thirteen.

LEGO® Hidden Side Haunted Fairground

This clever set combines the physical constructing fun of a classic LEGO build with a digital single or multiplayer augmented reality (AR) experience. Using the free LEGO Hidden Side AR app on a smart device – phone or tablet – kids can virtually hunt for ghosts, explore the Hidden Side, and solve a series of mysteries.

The 466-piece set consists of a haunted fairground with a functioning rollercoaster, a drop ride, and 5 minifigures.  Standing at almost a foot tall and a foot wide, this set is small enough for a quicker build, but big on spooky fun.

 

Parents’ Choice ©2020 Parents’ Choice

Arthur

Arthur

Gina Catanzarite ©2018 Parents’ Choice

 

Gina Catanzarite is an award-winning television producer, writer, teacher, mom and media consultant in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She began her career in 1987 and counts 9 Emmy awards, 26 Emmy nominations, a Matrix award, two Pennsylvania Broadcaster’s Association Awards, 8 Telly Awards, and a screenwriting grant from the Theatre Association of Pennsylvania, among her professional honors.

Kodable

Kodable is a welcome addition to the coding for kids space, designed by teachers and computer science specialists especially for children ages 4-10. After a parent has set up the account, even pre-readers can get rolling with Kodable’s little roly poly characters called Fuzzes.

Through simple steps, supported by a fun and intuitive hint system, kids start with sequencing and order of operations, quickly advancing to conditional logic. Before long, they’ll be working on syntax and variables and be ready for actual object oriented programming. The Fuzzes are there throughout, and as kids progress they are able to customize their Fuzz with different expressions and accessories.

This isn’t just any fun coding app, either; it is aligned with both Common Core and CSTA standards. Simple assessments are built in to the gameplay, ensuring that kids really connect with the concepts before moving forward. With this fun and experiential approach, young learners will internalize the basic programming elements as well as build their critical thinking and collaboration skills. With hundreds of hours worth of educational and entertaining activities, it is well worth the subscription cost of $6.99/month or $59.99/year.

Jennifer Wells ©2020 Parents’ Choice

For more than 20 years, Jennifer has been developing play experiences for children, with beloved organizations like Highlights and LEGO. With a Master’s degree in Children & Media, a Bachelor’s in Music, and a love of Star Trek, Jennifer has many layers.

Top Wing 1

Top Wing 1

Gina Catanzarite ©2018 Parents’ Choice

Gina Catanzarite is an award-winning television producer, writer, teacher, mom and media consultant in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She began her career in 1987 and counts 9 Emmy awards, 26 Emmy nominations, a Matrix award, two Pennsylvania Broadcaster’s Association Awards, 8 Telly Awards, and a screenwriting grant from the Theatre Association of Pennsylvania, among her professional honors.

Waiting For The Elevator

New York based singer/songwriter/musician Laurie Berkner’s newest album Waiting For The Elevator, has 19 new songs about exploring and learning emotional, practical and life skills. The lively opening title track teaches patience by using counting, movement and animal sound games as a way of passing time when you are “Waiting for the Elevator.” Monetary mathematics are made fun in her “A Dollar,” counting is covered in her lovely duet with bassist Brandy Rymer on “Do You Hear The Bells,” and the alphabet and months of the year are explored on “Look At All The Letters” and the Freddy Mercury-inspired “12 Months.” There are songs about emotions, as in the sweet “I Missed You,” and a very effective song about anger and what to do about it in “I Am Angry (Yes I Am),” as well as a couple of great movement songs in “This Mountain” and “Did You Go To Ohio?”  which features a guest appearance by Tony Award winner Gavin Creel. Elsewhere, colors are investigated on “Big Blue Box” and the Beatle-esque rap of “Purple Bricks In The Sky,” and newfound abilities are celebrated in the rocking “I Know How That Works,” and the hide and seek rumba of “Come Out Come Out.” Berkner has a great facility for creating songs that are educational, fused with musical sophistication and plain old-fashioned fun. Even her songs about family relationships, as in “I Love You Daddy” and “A Hug From My Mama” manage to avoid sentimentality in favor of fresh songwriting. The album closes with the prehistoric march “Somos Los Dinosaurios,” which you scarcely need to know Spanish in order to get the gist of the story. Always inventive and playfully educational, a new album by Laurie Berkner is a cause for celebration.

 

Lahri Bond ©2020 Parents’ Choice

Lahri Bond is a father, a writer, music historian and an art professor in Western Massachusetts. His published books include Spinning Tales Weaving Hope (with the Stories For World Change Network) for New Society Press and People of the Earth (coauthored with Ellen Evert Hopman) for Destiny Books.

 

 

 

Peg + Cat

Joyous little Peg uses math to explain the world’s patterns, its problems, and its surprises.  Each episode includes two separate stories featuring Peg and her talking pet, a comical creature named Cat, as they predict, analyze, experiment, and compute their way to a problem’s happy ending.  Plots are fanciful, scripts are clever, the music is tuneful, and the art direction – filled with symbols of mathematics and geometry – is among the most creative you’ll ever see on a children’s program.

In The Polka Dot Planet Problem, Peg and Cat meet a cheerful alien named Dot. She communicates using American Sign Language, and together they find parts and create a diagram to fix Peg’s spaceship. Afterwards, they celebrate their success with a sweet song about communicating in different ways.

In The Mardi Gras Problem, Peg and Cat attend Mardi Gras with the late great legendary singer Billie Holiday, and once again they rely on diagrams when the wheels come off the parade float.

And, in the series’ first full length movie, Peg + Cat Save the World, the gang visits Washington, D.C., and, at the request of the President of the United States (voiced by actress Sandra Oh), Peg applies her math skills to solve the mystery of strange signals coming from outer space.

Peg + Cat builds higher-order thinking skills in a way that sweeps kids up in the excitement of discovery and the satisfaction of findings solutions.  No need for math-phobia here.  Peg is the perfect heroine to make math a thrilling mission.

 

Gina Catanzarite ©2020 Parents’ Choice

Gina Catanzarite is an award-winning television producer, writer, teacher, mom and media consultant in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She began her career in 1987 and counts 14 Emmy® awards, 37 Emmy® nominations, a Matrix award, 3 Golden Quill awards, 2 Pennsylvania Broadcaster’s Association Awards, 8 Telly Awards, and a screenwriting grant from the Theatre Association of Pennsylvania, among her professional honors.

 

 

 

 

Red Apple Reading

Red Apple Reading

Sharon Heuscher ©2018 Parents’ Choice

Sharon holds B.A.s in English Literature and Ancient Studies as well as a B.S. in Psychology. She is currently a masters-level trainee in Clinical Psychology specializing in neurodegenerative diseases. For the past thirteen years, Sharon has focused primarily on raising, educating, and nurturing her five children who range in age from three to thirteen.

Odd Squad

Secret government agencies . . . otherworldly occurrences . . . top-secret labs filled with ingenious inventions . . . are just a few of the features that will draw elementary-aged children into the world of Odd Squad, a well-crafted live-action series celebrating science, technology, engineering, and mathematics with clear explanations and tongue-in-cheek humor.

Higher-order thinking skills are the superpower of choice among Odd Squad agents so expect pie charts, bar graphs, and Venn Diagrams when it comes to debating the fate of a fellow agent in Saving Agent Orson.  In The Scientist, Oona uses number operations when she becomes trapped in an another dimension.  In an hour-long episode titled World Turned Odd, an accidental alteration of the past reverses the outcome of every case the Odd Squad ever solved. It takes time travel, an examination of 3D shapes and patterns, and a juice box spiked with truth serum to set things straight.  And, in another hour-long special titled Odds and Ends, data analysis, patterns, and meticulous predictions hold the key to saving the world.  Along the way, an agent’s secret may be exposed.  A mysterious notebook must be tracked down.  And a tailor holds the key to battling every villain in the world.

Odd Squad makes math make sense, builds logic and teamwork skills, and keeps viewers entertained with fun special effects, clever scripts, and talented child actors.  Another winning formula from Fred Rogers Productions.

 

Gina Catanzarite ©2020 Parents’ Choice

Gina Catanzarite is an award-winning television producer, writer, teacher, mom and media consultant in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She began her career in 1987 and counts 14 Emmy® awards, 37 Emmy® nominations, a Matrix award, 3 Golden Quill awards, 2 Pennsylvania Broadcaster’s Association Awards, 8 Telly Awards, and a screenwriting grant from the Theatre Association of Pennsylvania, among her professional honors.

 

Cyberchase Season 11

Gina Catanzarite ©2018 Parents’ Choice

Gina Catanzarite is an award-winning television producer, writer, teacher, mom and media consultant in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She began her career in 1987 and counts 9 Emmy awards, 26 Emmy nominations, a Matrix award, two Pennsylvania Broadcaster’s Association Awards, 8 Telly Awards, and a screenwriting grant from the Theatre Association of Pennsylvania, among her professional honors.

Wish You Were Here

Lahri Bond ©2018 Parents’ Choice

Lahri Bond is a father, a writer, music historian and an art professor in Western Massachusetts. His published books include Spinning Tales Weaving Hope (with the Stories For World Change Network) for New Society Press and People of the Earth (coauthored with Ellen Evert Hopman) for Destiny Books.