July 31st, 2012 Deal of the Day

A spinning frenzy of spellbinding, word-building fun! Heximania™ challenges players to quickly build words in any direction: up, down, sideways or in a swirl! This game is regularly priced at $24.99, but for today only until midnight PST, you can get Heximania for yourself for only $9.99!

For FREE SHIPPING on your order, enter promo code EIFREE at checkout. Buy yours now and get your game on.

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July 30th, 2012 Deal of the Day

Today’s Deal of the Day is our Class Scrapbook! Quickly and easily display all your photos in this adorable wall-hanging Class Scrapbook. This product normally sells for $14.99. Get your very own for only $8.99 today only, and get FREE SHIPPING on your order by using promo code EIFREE. This deal is only good until midnight (PST) tonight, so click here to order one now:

http://www.educationalinsights.com/product/class+scrapbook.do

July 29th, 2012 Deal of the Day

Hi, it’s Natasha again with Educational Insights and I’m here with today’s Deal of the Day. Today is Sunday July 29th, 2012, and our deal is on Rattled. Rattled is usually $14.99, but today only for 24 hours until midnight PST, it goes for only $6.99, which is crazy!

You shake the rattle, you set it down, and you have to try to make the longest word out of these scrambled letters. The letters are the same on both sides. The first player to find the longest word within 30 seconds gets a point. The nice thing about this product is that it has a point system right on the spine of it, so the first person to get to 20 points wins!

So this is a great game for family night, and again it’s only $6.99 today. Come and get your copy at http://www.EducationalInsight.com. Thanks for watching!

Enter EIFREE at checkout to get this product shipped to your home for free with purchase!

Bridge the Gap: Fun Summer Math Ideas

Hi, I’m Nancy Balter. I am the math and science product developer here at Educational Insights. I was a math and science teacher for 11 years, and I’m also the mother of two young children.

Unfortunately, research suggests that kids lose up to two and a half months worth of math skills over the summer. This is probably because math doesn’t slip as easy into summer activities as, say, reading or science exploration. So, we have some ideas for what you can do to help with this problem and even perhaps give your kids a leg up in math over the summer.

1) One thing that you could do is make homemade flashcards. For younger kids, you could make flashcards with say, two circles and the numeral two, so that kids can learn the numbers. For older kids, you can have them work on their addition, their subtraction, their multiplication, and their division.

At Educational Insights, we’ve taken flashcards one step further—after all this is summer and it should be fun—so we have a set of interactive flashcards that actually provide your children with feedback as they work their way through the flashcards.

For the younger kids, we have Ace the talking, teaching dog, and now we also have a cat! The kids use them with the flashcards. They use the pen, they select the answer, they touch it to the dot, and it gives them feedback with flashing lights and interactive phrases to let them know if they’re right or wrong. For older kids, we also have a Hot Dots pen that looks like this. We have interactive flashcards, for example, in addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and kids can even work on word problems. We have a word problem card sets as well.

2) Our electronic games are also a great way to practice key math skills over the summer. For example, Math Slam is great way to practice addition and subtraction. Math Shark you can use to practice addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, decimals, fractions, and percentages. These are a great way to pass the time in the car, on long road trips, and on airplane flights.

3) Games are another a great way to slip math practice into your summer routine. Lots of parents just make up their own. For example, you can grab a ruler and measure things around the house or at the park. I used to have my students actually measure their bedroom and their bed and their desk and then actually create a bedroom blue print. For younger kids, you can trace your foot or trace their foot and then cut it out and measure things by feet.

Of course, Educational Insights has a measurement game. We also have math games focused on fractions and this year we even have a cool Rockin’ Math game which is focused on a variety of key third grade math skills.

I hope you’ve been inspired by these summer math activities, if you have a great idea for a way to practice math with your kids over the summer, I would love to hear about it. You can shoot me an email at Nancy@educationalinsights.com.

July 28th, 2012 Deal of the Day

Hey there! Today is Saturday July 28th, 2012. I’m Caitlin from Educational Insights, and I’m here to introduce today’s Deal of the Day.

So last week you saw Stick-to-it! Phonics Short Vowels, and this week’s Deal of the Day is Long Vowels, Stick-to-it! Phonics Long Vowels. So the way this game works is you give the child a sticky ball, they throw it at the board, it’ll stick to a long vowel–this one says “-ake”–, and then you can have them say what the word family is (this would be the -ake word family), they could add a letter (Rake), and they could even say rhyming words (Cake, Bake). So, you can use this side or you can flip it over and use the images, so it’s a little more difficult for the kid to figure out the vowel family.

So this is today’s Deal of the Day. It’s normally $29.99, but you can get it today for $12.99 over at www.EducationalInsights.com, so hurry up and get shopping!

Enter EIFREE at checkout to get free shipping with this Deal of the Day Purchase!

July 27th, 2012 Deal of the Day

Hi there, Natasha again from Educational Insights. Happy Olympics! Today is Friday July 27th, 2012, and our featured game today is Sticks and Stones!

Sticks and Stones goes for regular price of $24.99, but for today only for 24 hours until Midnight PST, you can get this game for $14.99. Yes, that is a steal. This is really fun game for kids ages seven and up that has your kid using literally sticks and stones to make pictures out of the words they get out of a deck of cards. This is a fast word-race-picture-making game where kids can have fun with nature without the dirt.

So again, this is a great product at a great price so head on over to http://www.EducationalInsights.com and get shopping! Thanks for watching!

Bridge the Gap: Fun Summer Reading Activities

Reading and writing is obviously critical for school success, and there are lots of fun ways that you can work with your children so that they retain what they’ve learned in those areas over the summer and maybe even get a head start on the next school year!

So read, read, read with your children. Your child can read in the car, read at the doctor’s office, at the dentist’s office, take a book to the park, there are lots of fun places where you can sort of change up the scenery and read with your child. Lots of libraries have wonderful summer reading programs that you can enjoy with your child.

When we think of reading with children, we mostly think about reading books and magazines, but there are lots of other opportunities to practice reading with your child by reading environmental print. Using it is great practice for kids and their reading skills. So, if you’re at the grocery store, pick up a cereal box and read the back. Some of them are really funny actually. When you’re at a restaurant, have your child read the menu and make their selection from it. When you’re in the car, read road signs. There are lots of fun places where you can sort of change up the scenery and read with your child.

I hope you get an opportunity in your summer to use some of these ideas. If you do or if you have other suggestions, please feel free to email me at Marcia@educationalinsights.com. I look forward to reading them!