Interstellar Cinderella – Children’s Theater That Brings Books to Life

Interstellar Cinderella – Children’s Theater That Brings Books to Life

There’s nothing like reading a book with children and then watching their excitement when that book comes to life. That’s not something that happens everyday. However, when you find an amazing children’s theater show at the New York City Children’s Theater chances are you may experience exactly that. They are known for creating amazing shows based on a book. A couple of weeks ago a new show premiered and it was nothing short of spectacular. Introducing Interstellar Cinderella, a futuristic take on the classic fairy tale! Music and Lyrics by Laurie Berkner Book by Barbara Zinn Krieger Directed by Marty Johnson Based on the book by Deborah Underwood Best for ages 4-8.

Recently one of our So Family moms got to check out the show with her family. She has two sweet girls and they loved the show. “The music, the audience excitment and the story kept the girls engaged. It was an unforgettable theater experience and educational too. Interstellar Cinderella is the perfect family show and perfect for a friends date or birthday party celebration.”

 

 

 

Image from the show – Photo Credit NYC Children’s Theater

There are always benefits for your children when they are introduced to new experiences. Live shows, specifically, introduce children to new vocabulary, understanding and reading character’s emotions, patience, plots and the confidence to imagine. You’ll know if your children are empowered by their experience when you listen to their conversation and watch their play. New York Children’s Theater connects theater, music and education. Intersellar Cinderella is playing now through- December 18, 2017Check out their events calendar by visiting New York City Children’s Theater today!

~Monica J~
Disclaimer: All thoughts and opinions are my own. My mission is to empower children to become their best selves in school and in life. We received free tickets to see Interstellar Cinderella.

 

Self Care for Moms

Self Care for Moms

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PlayDough Play For Kids – DIY PlayDough Recipes Inside

PlayDough Play For Kids – DIY PlayDough Recipes Inside

Oh how I love Play-Doh, actually any dough meant for play. Okay Play-Doh just happens to be one of my favorite brands and the one I grew up having all kinds of fun with. As an Early Childhood Teacher this is one of my go to staples that are a must when it comes to fun...

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15 Top Parenting Questions – Child Mind Institute

15 Top Parenting Questions – Child Mind Institute

I had the opportunity to pick the brains of expert clinicians from the Child Mind Institute in New York City. CMI is dedicated to transforming the lives of children and families struggling with mental health and learning disorders through evidence-based clinical care...

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Big Labor Day Sale – Kiwi Crate – Hands on Projects

Big Labor Day Sale – Kiwi Crate – Hands on Projects

The holidays usually bring many retail sales with it. Labor Day is not disappointing. One of my favorite subscription box services and activity crates for kids has big savings for Labor Day.  If you’re new to Kiwi Crate, then let me tell you what makes this company so special.  I first got my hands on kiwi Crate at least 2 years ago.  It was love at first crate.  Each crate is filled with activities, inspiration and materials that allow children to challenge themselves through creativity, problem solving and learning every step of the way.  Since their very first activity crate for ages 4-8, they’ve grown and now offer 4 very different crates for different ages, Koala Crate (3-4yrs), Kiwi Crate (4-8yrs), Doodle Crate (9-16yrs) and Tinker Crate (9-16yrs).  What they all have in common is that they are “Hands On” activities.  Kids get to use the creativity and curiosity when opening a crate.  Every single child, actually student, I’ve introduced Kiwi Crate to loves it.  They always want more at the end.  Which brings me to the activity books that come in the crates.  After the hands n activity is complete, there’s still more they can explore and learn in the activity book.  These crates can be purchased as single crates, subscription crates or mini crates.  They are perfect for birthday gifts, holidays gifts and weekend activities.  No matter what the occasion, a crate from Kiwi Crate is a win win.  Check out all of the big Labor Day sales below.  Happy shopping!

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Kiwi Crate Labor Day Sales

  1.  $10 off on your 1st crate using the special code “LABORDAY10”.  This deal is valid 9/3/2015 – 9/13/2015.
  2.  40% off 1st month of subscription service using special code “LABOR40”
  3.  Save $10 on any shop order over $25 using special code “LABOR10”

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Lakeshore Learning – Celebrating 60 Years of Learning Through Fun

Lakeshore Learning – Celebrating 60 Years of Learning Through Fun

It’s another Weekly Favorites, but today is a celebration.  I’m happy to celebrate with one of my all time favorite companies for children’s educational products Lakeshore Learning.  This is their 60th Anniversary and they have many great things to celebrate.  The number one thing that brings me back to Lakeshore every time is their ability to create fun products for children that drive learning.  They have changed the lives of many teachers, including myself.  Of course they have made the lives of parents easier and children happier.  As a special tribute to their 60 years in business I decided to share 3 of my favorite products from Lakeshore Learning.  I have used all three products with students and I’ve also recommended products to parents for use at home with their children.  After you view my top three picks, you can find all of their detailed information below.  Are these products you’d use with your children?

 

 

Visit Lakeshore Learning’s website, www.lakeshorelearning.com, for all detailed product information as well as to purchase more educational fun for your family.  For more kids fashion, products, games, crafts and toys jump on over to the So Family YouTube Channel, www.youtube.com/sofamilyonline. Don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel and our site for weekly and daily updates. Join the family!

~Monica J~

Disclaimer: All thoughts and opinions are my own. Follow all of the So Family videos on So Family TV. Subscribe!

 

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Daily-Routine-Chart

I Am Ready! Daily Routine Chart – $21.99

Color-Discovery-Boxes

Color Discovery Boxes – $49.99

Magnetic-Fishing-Set

Magnetic Fishing Set – $29.99

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5 Favorite Children’s Books – Weekly Favorites with Monica J

5 Favorite Children’s Books – Weekly Favorites with Monica J

Looking to enhance your child’s library with some fun, self-esteem building, imagination boosting and creative books? Well, you’ve clicked on the right post. Over the Summer I read several new and old children’s books, many of which are independently published. I fell in love with so many, but I have 5 favorites that I’m excited to share. Some of the books were written by moms, an educator, international singer, artist and the list goes on. These authors are so talented and their bringing that talent to the pages of their books. Watch the book review below and then scroll down and click ont he links that will lead you to these books and their authors. Enjoy!

 

 

Do you allow your children to pick their own books at the library or book store? Do you enjoy reading books before bed time?  For more kids products, from games to toys jump on over to the So Family YouTube Channel, www.youtube.com/sofamilyonline.  Don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel and our site for weekly and daily updates. Join the family!

~Monica J~

Disclaimer: All thoughts and opinions are my own. Follow all of the So Family videos on So Family TV. Subscribe!

Chloe and her Two Red Shoes – by Shanequa Davis – Can be purchased on Amazon, Barnes & Noble or the NYC DOE

Chupie – The Binky That Returned Home – by Thalia – Can be purchased on Amazon or Barnes & Noble

 Hank Has A Dream – by Rebecca Dudley – Can be purchased on Amazon 

 Happy Hair – by Mechal Renee Roe – Can be purchased on Amazon 

Moon, Moon, Moon! Did you brush your Teeth? – by Chaneta Forts -For more information on this book and the song visit the official website, www.moonbrushyourteeth.com and there Facebook page, Click here!

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Back to School Haul – Weekly Favorites with Monica J

Back to School Haul – Weekly Favorites with Monica J

Hey families! The Back to School season is in full swing, so I decided to head out and pick up a few essentials for my nieces and nephew. I mainly shopped at Target and SchoolSmart.com for the supplies featured in this video. As a teacher, I love this time of year. Shopping for new school supplies for family, students and the classroom is always fun for me. I hope you like a few of my favorites from my shopping list. Check our Yoobi, the company that I’m really digging this school year. Have you heard of them? Find out what makes this company so special in the video. Enjoy!

For more kids products, from games to toys, jump on over to the So Family TV and subscribe to our channel for our Weekly Favorites videos and more.  Click here for So Family TV.


~Monica J~
Disclaimer: All thoughts and opinions are my own. Follow all of the SO Family videos on So Family TV. Subscribe!

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Free Children’s Books – Scholastic & Kellogg’s Fuel Reading Fun

Free Children’s Books – Scholastic & Kellogg’s Fuel Reading Fun

Free Books!  When I hear or read statements like that I definitely get excited.  Reading is so important for our youth, so when someone is offering free books for children then I usually jump at the opportunity.  Kellogg’s and Scholastic have partnered to offer families and classrooms free books.  It’s actually really simple to get your book.  Redeem a special code from a specially marked Kellogg’s package, enter it and then decide if you’re going to order a book for your family or donate a book to a classroom.  I see this as a great opportunity to build your child’s home library or their classroom library with great children’s books.  Are you ready?  Happy Reading!

For more information on this opportunity and to receive Free Books visit the Kellogg’s Family Rewards Center, www.kelloggs.com.

~Monica J~

Disclaimer:  All thoughts and opinions are my own.  I love opportunities to receive free books, so I decided to share this information with all of my favorite families.  Enjoy!

 

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