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Say Bye-Bye to Vacation Weight Gain

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Say Bye-Bye to Vacation Weight Gain!
Local fitness expert and LaFemme Mobile Gym CEO shares easy tips to enjoy your time away without any weight gain worries


NY Based Mom Releases: DRUM CIRCLE KIDS, A Multi-Cultural App For Tots

NY Based Mom Releases: DRUM CIRCLE KIDS, A Multi-Cultural App For Tots

NEW YORK, NY—April 29, 2011,

With DRUM CIRCLE KIDS, the designer mom set out to develop an app that was culturally inclusive, educational, musical, and loads of fun!

DRUM KIDS
for iPad/iPhone
Age: 18 months+
Cost: $0.99
Available: at iTunes
www.spyedesign.com

With Drum Circle Kids your child can create unique jam sessions by tapping to turn five colorfully animated drummers on and off with dozens of possible sound combinations. Add to the fun by discovering ambient sounds hidden in the scenery. In the learn section, kids can swipe from one drum to the next and touch to play each drum while learning fun drum facts. Includes: the American Trap Set, Caribbean Steel Pan, Chinese Drum, Cuban Conga and the West African Djembe with more drums to come!


Earth Flags HD iPad App Review - The World at Your Fingertips

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The world at your fingertips, this is what the Earth Flag app store description page says and that almost suits the app as Earth Flag is just a cool application for your iPad which lets you to hold the world in your hand. You can explore much from lots of countries given and note this is not a navigation app at all.



An iPad for everyone in kindergarten

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Auburn Maine has evidently become the latest hotspot for adoption of the iPad into education, when it was announced after Wednesday April 6ths school committee meeting that the committee had debated and voted unamously to purchase an iPad 2 for next Falls kindergarten class.  That's right every child in kindergarten in Auburn will have the use of an iPad.  There has also been discussion within City Hall of the possibility of adopting the iPad for City Counselors to carry out their duties and allow the City Manager to more efficiently carry out the work of the city.



Kindergarten: 21 in 1 Pack is well worth the money

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Kindergarten: 21 in 1 Pack is well worth the money. Although it was developed for Kindergarten age, it is useful for other ages as well. It's an app that will be useful for a number of years as a learning tool, enrichment or review. The app includes seven different features:



Ancient Rome app by Britannica Kids

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Ancient Rome, created by Encyclopedia Britannica Kids, is an app that both parents and kids will enjoy. It’s educational AND fun!

The app is divided into segments that you choose from a wheel at the bottom of the screen:



Immersive Spanish - fast and effective language tutor!

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My wife is a fluent speaker of Spanish, and having heard the language for a while (and watched many Spanish language TV shows), I am starting to understand it, though still like a 2 year old when trying to speak, and often I mistake crucial words. I have tried structured language programs in the past, and I usually don't finish them (see my iStart Spanish review here).



I reward my kids with iRewardChart

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It's a tale of two children.  One is a rule follower and the other a rule breaker.  I love them dearly, but it can be a challenge to get everyone on the same page.  Thankfully, iRewardChart is a well made app that enables me to track their chores but more importantly, it encourages them to participate.  Not only can they see their progress, as they perform daily household activities, but I've begun to let them checkoff their tasks as they complete them.  The rule breaker actually likes this as she can get a visual and audible recognition and she has some control... that's her big thing.  The rule follower likes it because it's structured, reliable, and most importantly, high-tech.



Early Childhood Development

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For the past couple of weeks I have been testing an app for teaching children basic language, and word recognition; Early Childhood Development Phase 1 by Alex Melnick which is (.99) at the app store.  While the app is geared towards children, I suspect it would also be well suited suited for teaching English as a second language to adults too.



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