Archive for December, 2015

Book Review, Lesson Plan Ideas & Free Printable: Breathe by Scott Magoon

Breathe book review

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Check out this awesome new addition to the OMazing Kids collection of fabulous kids picture books: “Breathe” by Scott Magoon.

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I saw it mentioned by my friend Jenny at Happy Planet Yoga and got a great deal on a new hardcover copy for only $1.98 + shipping for a total of $5.97 on Amazon!  I always check out the options for purchasing a new or used in good condition book before purchasing to find the best deals.

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I love the calming illustrations & short text on each 2-page spread. Every few pages there is a reminder to “Breathe”.  This book would be perfect for a whole session devoted to various yoga breathing techniques or you could go with an arctic ocean-themed kids yoga class based on the opportunities in the illustrations (whale, fish, crab, puffin, jellyfish, sun, sea kelp (forward fold), sunken ship (boat), mountain,  mindful listening to ocean sounds, polar bear, etc..). The book also has several great messages that could be used as mantras:  Breathe. Explore. Make new friends. Fear not. Find another way up. Love and be loved. Dream big.

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The “Under the Sea” guided relaxation on page 38 in “Imaginations Fun Relaxation Stories and Meditations for Kids” will be perfect for this theme.

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Here is a free printable beluga whale & mantras coloring sheet:

beluga whales and mantras coloring page for Breathe by Scott Magoon

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Fun free printable craft:

Whales-Book-Printable

 

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http://scottmagoon.com/breathe/

https://www.facebook.com/scottmagoonbooks/

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Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist
Founder of OMazing Kids, LLC – inclusive wellness & educational activities for kids of all abilities
Home E-Mail: amoorad1@juno.com
Facebook Messaging for OMazing Kids: https://www.facebook.com/messages/17426452595789
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/OMazingKidsYoga
AppPeeps Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/OMazingKidsAppPeeps/
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Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/OMazingKids/
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Boardmaker Share: http://www.boardmakershare.com/Community/FriendsProfile/10916/Angela-Moorad
Blog: http://omazingkidsllc.com
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Angela Moorad is the founder of OMazing Kids, LLC and is an ASHA certified & licensed pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist and Kids Yoga Teacher with over 25 years experience working in a variety of settings (early intervention, schools, teletherapy & a nonprofit pediatric rehab hospital for children with developmental disabilities). She is a kids book reviewer with a focus on great picture books, a kids toy / product reviewer with a focus on those that are helpful for kids with special needs & an app beta tester for educational and therapeutic app developers. She loves sharing info about great things to use with kids of all abilities.

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Speech & language ideas for the book “Happy” by Pharrell Williams

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Speech & language ideas for the book “Happy” by Pharrell Williams:

* say (saying words with articulation targeted sounds)
* sunshine (name 3 things that are hot, 3 things at a beach, 3 things you see on vacation)
* break (multiple meaning: give another meaning for the word break)
* hot air balloon (name 3 things that can fly)
* space (multiple meaning: give another meaning for the word space)
* air, care (rhyming, working on vocalic /r/)
* happy (name 3 things that make you feel happy)
* truth (tie into an activity on listening for facts vs. opinions or true vs. false)
* I’ll be just fine (learn 3 strategies to deal with stress or teasing)
* can’t nothing bring me down (discussion on things they can do to be in control of their own emotions)
* synonyms for: say, break, baby, happy, true, bring
* contractions: I’m, she’s, I’ll, don’t, here’s, level’s
* idioms: walking on sunshine, full of hot air, went through the roof
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Most good kids picture books are full of opportunities for tie-ins to speech & language goals. The key is to look at the text & illustrations for inspiration and to think outside the box. 🙂
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Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist
Founder of OMazing Kids, LLC – inclusive wellness & educational activities for kids of all abilities
Home E-Mail: amoorad1@juno.com
Facebook Messaging for OMazing Kids: https://www.facebook.com/messages/17426452595789
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/OMazingKidsYoga
AppPeeps Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/OMazingKidsAppPeeps/
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Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/OMazingKids/
Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/110305433538768736741
Boardmaker Share: http://www.boardmakershare.com/Community/FriendsProfile/10916/Angela-Moorad
Blog: http://omazingkidsllc.com
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Angela Moorad is the founder of OMazing Kids, LLC and is an ASHA certified & licensed pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist and Kids Yoga Teacher with over 25 years experience working in a variety of settings (early intervention, schools, teletherapy & a nonprofit pediatric rehab hospital for children with developmental disabilities). She is a kids book reviewer with a focus on great picture books, a kids toy / product reviewer with a focus on those that are helpful for kids with special needs & an app beta tester for educational and therapeutic app developers. She loves sharing info about great things to use with kids of all abilities.

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Penguin Young Readers 12 Days of Picture Books Blog Tour: Review & Giveaway Day 12 – “The Day the Crayons Came Home” by Drew Daywalt & Oliver Jeffers

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“The Day the Crayons Came Home” by Drew Daywalt & Oliver Jeffers

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This sequel is hilarious! Each two page spread contains a postcard from one of Duncan’s beloved crayons each asking for help to find their way back home.  Poor crayons…. they have been through being broken, melted, eaten, sharpened and more. Will they all make it back home safely?  You’ll have to read the book to find out 😉

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**** Giveaway ****

Want a chance to win a copy of this hilarious book? Head over to the Penguin Kids Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/penguinkidsbooks . This is where all of the giveaways will be located in the Penguin Young Readers 12 Days of Picture Books Blog Tour & Giveaways. Look for a post on their Facebook page for the giveaway for this book on 12/17/15. That post will contain all the specifics on how to enter and the rules for the giveaway.
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Also be sure to check out the Penguin Young Readers Holiday Gift guide where you can build and share your own wish list from a huge assortment of kids’ books for all age groups: http://penguinyoungreadersgiftguide.com/

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Every time you use the hashtag #everycrayoncounts on social media, Penguin Random House will donate $5 to The Crayon Collection. The campaign runs through December 31, 2015, and up to $2000 will be donated! Limit one entry per person per social media platform. Learn more: crayoncollection.org

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http://www.crayonspicturebooks.com/

Free crayons postcard printable: http://www.penguin.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Crayon_Postcard.pdf

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(I used that to make a version that is all on one page and is in black and white: postcard printable)

Free educator’s guide: http://www.crayonspicturebooks.com/assets/pdf/CrayonsGuide.pdf

crayons educators guide

Free printables: http://www.crayonspicturebooks.com/assets/pdf/maze.pdf (includes maze, coloring page, dot to dot and spot the differences) & http://www.crayonspicturebooks.com/assets/pdf/crossword.pdf (includes a word search, creative drawing page, maze and dot to dot)

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Check out this fun free crayons craftivity on TPT: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Color-Pals-Writing-Craftivity-821922

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See this post for info about the first book: https://omazingkidsllc.com/2013/09/07/the-day-the-crayons-quit-got-2-paws-up-from-my-golden-a-free-coloring-sheet/

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And check out the participating blogs:
https://omazingkidsllc.com/

OMazing Kids

http://sleepingshouldbeeasy.com/

Sleeping Should Be Easy

http://www.houseofburkeblog.com/

House of Burke

http://homegrownfriends.com/

Homegrown Friends

http://www.growingupmadison.com

Growing Up Madison

http://inrandom.com/

InRandom

http://craftymomsshare.blogspot.com

Crafty Moms Share

http://insatiablereaders.blogspot.com/

Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers

http://inspirationlaboratories.com/

Inspiration Laboratories

http://www.clarkscondensed.com/

Clarks Condensed

http://bookrockbetty.com/

Book Rock Betty

http://www.kidlitfrenzy.com/

Kid Lit Frenzy

http://boredmommyblog.com/

Bored Mommy

http://www.delightful.life/

The Delightful Life

http://www.readsandrecipes.com/

Reads and Recipes

http://www.kidscreativechaos.com/

KidsCreative Chaos

http://www.thechirpingmoms.com/

The Chirping Moms

http://cuteeverything.com/

Hello Happy

http://www.sparkandpook.com/

Spark and Pook

http://funhandprintartblog.com/

Fun Handprint Art

http://www.mamasmiles.com/

Mama Smiles

http://craftulate.com/

Craftulate

http://imaginationsoup.net

Imagination Soup

http://totsandme.blogspot.com/

Tots and Me

http://www.designofthepicturebook.com/

Design of the Picture Book

http://www.gravitybread.com/

Gravity Bread

http://www.creativefamilyfun.net/

Creative Family Fun

http://www.futureflyingsaucers.com/about/

Future Flying Saucers

http://www.sightandsoundreading.com/

Mrs. Karle’s Sight and Sound Reading

http://jamonkey.com/

JaMonkey

http://coquette.blogs.com/maman/

Coquette Maman

http://growingbookbybook.com/

Growing Book by Book

http://tabanderika.blogspot.com/

A Little Bit of Everything

http://happilyevermom.com/

Happily Ever Mom

http://littleearthlingblog.com/

Little Earthling

http://www.thelittletourist.com/

The Little Tourist

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#Sweepstakes #Giveaway ##EveryCrayonCounts #KidsLit

@DrewDaywalt @OliverJeffers

 

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Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist
Founder of OMazing Kids, LLC – inclusive wellness & educational activities for kids of all abilities
Home E-Mail: amoorad1@juno.com
Facebook Messaging for OMazing Kids: https://www.facebook.com/messages/17426452595789
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/OMazingKidsYoga
AppPeeps Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/OMazingKidsAppPeeps/
Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/amoorad
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/amoorad1
Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/OMazingKids/
Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/110305433538768736741
Boardmaker Share:http://www.boardmakershare.com/Community/FriendsProfile/10916/Angela-Moorad
Blog: http://omazingkidsllc.com

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Angela Moorad is the founder of OMazing Kids, LLC and is an ASHA certified & licensed pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist and Kids Yoga Teacher with over 25 years experience working in a variety of settings (early intervention, schools, teletherapy & a nonprofit pediatric rehab hospital for children with developmental disabilities). She is a kids book reviewer with a focus on great picture books, a kids toy / product reviewer with a focus on those that are helpful for kids with special needs & an app beta tester for educational and therapeutic app developers. She loves sharing info about great things to use with kids of all abilities.

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Top 100 Speech Pathology Websites and Blogs for 2016

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Check out the 2nd annual list of the Top 100 Speech Pathology Websites and Blogs for 2016.

They reviewed over 200 sites and I’m thrilled and honored that OMazing Kids made the list again!

This year they put the websites and blogs in categories and listed them alphabetically.

http://kidmunicate.com/best-speech-pathology-websites-and-blogs-2016/

Badge:

Kidmunicate

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Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist
Founder of OMazing Kids, LLC – inclusive wellness & educational activities for kids of all abilities
Home E-Mail: amoorad1@juno.com
Facebook Messaging for OMazing Kids: https://www.facebook.com/messages/17426452595789
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/OMazingKidsYoga
AppPeeps Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/OMazingKidsAppPeeps/
Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/amoorad
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/amoorad1
Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/OMazingKids/
Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/110305433538768736741
Boardmaker Share: http://www.boardmakershare.com/Community/FriendsProfile/10916/Angela-Moorad
Blog: http://omazingkidsllc.com

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Angela Moorad is the founder of OMazing Kids, LLC and is an ASHA certified & licensed pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist and Kids Yoga Teacher with over 25 years experience working in a variety of settings (early intervention, schools, teletherapy & a nonprofit pediatric rehab hospital for children with developmental disabilities). She is a kids book reviewer with a focus on great picture books, a kids toy / product reviewer with a focus on those that are helpful for kids with special needs & an app beta tester for educational and therapeutic app developers. She loves sharing info about great things to use with kids of all abilities.

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{Tip: How to get all the Facebook posts from OMazing Kids and other pages}

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{Tip: How to get all the posts} Here’s how to get all the posts from the OMazing Kids Facebook page so you will be in the know about free apps, giveaways, AAC tips, special needs info, kids yoga lesson plan ideas & more. While on Facebook via Safari or a computer, first make sure that you “like” the page. Then tap on the arrow on the “like” button to see the options for “Posts in newsfeed” and “Notifications”. Under “Posts in newsfeed”, click “See first”. Under “Notifications”, click “All posts”. These are screenshots that I took this morning… Facebook is constantly changing things but this or something similar should be under the “like” button. The process of doing this looks a little different in the Facebook app. I included a screenshot of it in the comments on this post: https://www.facebook.com/OMazingKidsYoga/photos/a.597676220283387.1073741859.174264525957894/1044414142276257/?type=3&theater.

I’m excited that the OMazing Kids page is continuing to grow since I love sharing info & getting helpful apps and products into the hands of those who can put them to great use in helping kids! It’s just me at OMazing Kids and I don’t make any $$$ off my blog or social media sites. So I don’t have any budget to pay to promote posts or run ads. I appreciate your help in spreading info via liking and sharing posts from my page 🙂

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Please also feel free to join my AppPeeps Facebook Group since I usually cross post there about giveaways & great app deals: https://www.facebook.com/groups/OMazingKidsAppPeeps/

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Update 10/1/16: The process is slightly different. See this pic:

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Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist
Founder of OMazing Kids, LLC – inclusive wellness & educational activities for kids of all abilities
Facebook Messaging for OMazing Kids: https://www.facebook.com/messages/17426452595789
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/OMazingKidsYoga
AppPeeps Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/OMazingKidsAppPeeps/
Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/amoorad
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/amoorad1
Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/OMazingKids/
Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/110305433538768736741
Boardmaker Share: http://www.boardmakershare.com/Community/FriendsProfile/10916/Angela-Moorad
Blog: http://omazingkidsllc.com

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Angela Moorad is the founder of OMazing Kids, LLC and is an ASHA certified & licensed pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist and Kids Yoga Teacher with over 25 years experience working in a variety of settings (early intervention, schools, teletherapy & a nonprofit pediatric rehab hospital for children with developmental disabilities). She is an app beta tester for educational & therapeutic app developers and loves sharing info about great apps, products, books & toys to use with kids of all abilities.

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Penguin Young Readers 12 Days of Picture Books Blog Tour: Review & Giveaway Day 3 – “Happy” by Pharrell Williams

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I was thrilled to have the opportunity to review this new kids picture book by Pharrell Williams! I am a pediatric speech-language pathologist and have numerous kids on my caseload who LOVE this song. It could easily be the musical mantra for kids with special needs. It’s by far the most motivating song on my iPad that will consistently get a response and get kids to activate the screen to independently turn on the song via the Touch Switch app by Goatella (https://appsto.re/us/8Ib5B.i).

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What’s cool about the picture book inspired by the lyrics from this song is that it features gorgeous photos of kids acting out what those lyrics mean to them. Nope… no Minions to be found in this book. Instead the focus is on kids and they did a nice job with multicultural representation (I do wish they had included a few kids with special needs in the photos since they are not often featured in kids picture books and this would have made the book even more fabulous). The photos are embellished with fun illustrations and the words are in a large easy to read font arranged in an interesting way on each 2-page spread.

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Having this song in book form caused me to really focus on the powerful lyrics. Here are some of my faves with messages of limitless possibilities & overcoming obstacles … especially powerful for kids with special needs to hear:

“I’m a hot air balloon that could go into space”

“Well, gimme all you got and don’t hold back. Well, I should probably warn you, I’ll be just fine.”

“Bring me down… can’t nothing… Bring me down… my level’s too high… Bring me down… can’t nothing… Bring me down”

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An added bonus for kids yoga teachers is that many of the pages lend themselves well to kids yoga activities. Here are the opportunities for kids yoga that I spotted in the book: sun breath & stretch, sun salutations, palm tree, ocean breath, hot air balloon visualization, balloon breath, rocket ship blast off, kite, rooftop partners, clapping to beat, drumming, lotus mudra crown, raindrop pats, puddle stomping, umbrella, airplane & yoga freeze dance to the song “Happy”.

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Book Trailer:

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**** Giveaway ****

Want a chance to win a copy of this fabulous book? Head over to the Penguin Kids Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/penguinkidsbooks/?fref=ts. This is where all of the giveaways will be located in the Penguin Young Readers 12 Days of Picture Books Blog Tour & Giveaways. Look for a post on their Facebook page for the giveaway for this book on 12/4/15. That post will contain all the specifics on how to enter and the rules for the giveaway.
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Also be sure to check out the Penguin Young Readers Holiday Gift guide where you can build and share your own wish list from a huge assortment of kids’ books for all age groups: http://penguinyoungreadersgiftguide.com/

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TELL US WHY READING MAKES YOU HAPPY, AND YOU CAN HELP GIVE BOOKS TO CHILDREN IN NEED!

It’s easy! Share why reading makes you happy on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using hashtag #ReadHAPPY. Every time #ReadHAPPY is used, a book will be donated to a child in need through the nonprofit First Book. The campaign runs through December 31, 2015, and up to 50,000 books will be donated! See details at: http://www.readhappybook.com

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And check out the participating blogs:
https://omazingkidsllc.com/

OMazing Kids

http://sleepingshouldbeeasy.com/

Sleeping Should Be Easy

http://www.houseofburkeblog.com/

House of Burke

http://homegrownfriends.com/

Homegrown Friends

http://www.growingupmadison.com

Growing Up Madison

http://inrandom.com/

InRandom

http://craftymomsshare.blogspot.com

Crafty Moms Share

http://insatiablereaders.blogspot.com/

Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers

http://inspirationlaboratories.com/

Inspiration Laboratories

http://www.clarkscondensed.com/

Clarks Condensed

http://bookrockbetty.com/

Book Rock Betty

http://www.kidlitfrenzy.com/

Kid Lit Frenzy

http://boredmommyblog.com/

Bored Mommy

http://www.delightful.life/

The Delightful Life

http://www.readsandrecipes.com/

Reads and Recipes

http://www.kidscreativechaos.com/

KidsCreative Chaos

http://www.thechirpingmoms.com/

The Chirping Moms

http://cuteeverything.com/

Hello Happy

http://www.sparkandpook.com/

Spark and Pook

http://funhandprintartblog.com/

Fun Handprint Art

http://www.mamasmiles.com/

Mama Smiles

http://craftulate.com/

Craftulate

http://imaginationsoup.net

Imagination Soup

http://totsandme.blogspot.com/

Tots and Me

http://www.designofthepicturebook.com/

Design of the Picture Book

http://www.gravitybread.com/

Gravity Bread

http://www.creativefamilyfun.net/

Creative Family Fun

http://www.futureflyingsaucers.com/about/

Future Flying Saucers

http://www.sightandsoundreading.com/

Mrs. Karle’s Sight and Sound Reading

http://jamonkey.com/

JaMonkey

http://coquette.blogs.com/maman/

Coquette Maman

http://growingbookbybook.com/

Growing Book by Book

http://tabanderika.blogspot.com/

A Little Bit of Everything

http://happilyevermom.com/

Happily Ever Mom

http://littleearthlingblog.com/

Little Earthling

http://www.thelittletourist.com/

The Little Tourist

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#Sweepstakes #Giveaway #ReadHAPPY #KidsLit

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Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist
Founder of OMazing Kids, LLC – inclusive wellness & educational activities for kids of all abilities
Home E-Mail: amoorad1@juno.com
Facebook Messaging for OMazing Kids: https://www.facebook.com/messages/17426452595789
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/OMazingKidsYoga
AppPeeps Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/OMazingKidsAppPeeps/
Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/amoorad
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/amoorad1
Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/OMazingKids/
Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/110305433538768736741
Boardmaker Share: http://www.boardmakershare.com/Community/FriendsProfile/10916/Angela-Moorad
Blog: http://omazingkidsllc.com

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Angela Moorad is the founder of OMazing Kids, LLC and is an ASHA certified & licensed pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist and Kids Yoga Teacher with over 25 years experience working in a variety of settings (early intervention, schools, teletherapy & a nonprofit pediatric rehab hospital for children with developmental disabilities). She is a kids book reviewer with a focus on great picture books, a kids toy / product reviewer with a focus on those that are helpful for kids with special needs & an app beta tester for educational and therapeutic app developers. She loves sharing info about great things to use with kids of all abilities.

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{App Giveaway & Review} My Town: Daycare

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{App Giveaway & Review} Head over to this post on the OMazing Kids Facebook page to see my review and to enter for a chance to win this fun new app from My Town:

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Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist
Founder of OMazing Kids, LLC – inclusive wellness & educational activities for kids of all abilities
Facebook Messaging for OMazing Kids: https://www.facebook.com/messages/17426452595789

Home E-Mail: amoorad1@juno.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/OMazingKidsYoga
AppPeeps Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/OMazingKidsAppPeeps/
Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/amoorad
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/amoorad1
Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/OMazingKids/
Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/110305433538768736741
Boardmaker Share: http://www.boardmakershare.com/Community/FriendsProfile/10916/Angela-Moorad
Blog: http://omazingkidsllc.com
Angela Moorad is the founder of OMazing Kids, LLC and is an ASHA certified & licensed pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist and Kids Yoga Teacher with over 25 years experience working in a variety of settings (early intervention, schools, teletherapy & a nonprofit pediatric rehab hospital for children with developmental disabilities). She is an app beta tester for educational & therapeutic app developers and loves sharing info about great apps and tech products to use with kids of all abilities.

 

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