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2012 in review

31 Dec

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 13,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 3 Film Festivals

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10 Dec

I was going to highlight a couple of these apps myself, but Carol from OT’s with Apps has done the job for me.

OT's with Apps & Technology

It soon will be here, Christmas, Kwanzaa and Hanukkah and what apps might help with the celebration and learning?

Fun Educational Apps has numerous apps listed for the holidays. Here are some apps that appear appropriate for occupational therapy and educational interventions :

Kids Christmas Pattern Game iconKid’s Christmas Pattern Game (free) for iPhone and iPad provides a little season variation to a skill game of patterning. Rated for 4 year olds and up, this seasonal app will continue to provide practice with sequencing.

Kids Christmas Pattern game pic1

Bo's Matching Christmas iconBo’s Matching Game – (Free) for iPhone and iPad provides early learners with practice with matching 6, 12 or 20 cards. Described as appropriate for toddlers and preschoolers, special needs students of with primary skill levels may enjoy this seasonal matching game. Images are sketches rather than real items.

Bo's Matching Christmas pic1

Christmas Joy Puzzle icon Christmas Joy Puzzles – (free) for iPhone and iPad provides 4 different scenes with 20 different puzzles to assemble for preschool aged children.

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Mobile Advent Calendars

1 Dec Advent Calendar 2012 by JustKidsApps - main screen.

Most of us are familiar with Advent calendars. The most common form has scenes with windows numbered 1 through 24, with a window opened each day from December first until Christmas Eve. In these modern times, there are lots of Advent calendars available for iPhone and iPad, and it is fairly easy to find them. Advent officially starts tomorrow, on Sunday 2nd December, but most Advent calendars will start today.

Advent 2012 app iconAdvent Calendar 2012 - JustKidsApps - Katrin Draemann BarothyAdvent Calendar 2012

I was lucky enough to win this one in a code drop on the JustKidsApps Facebook page, but it is one I’d be happy to pay for as it is simply beautiful.  I love the enchanting illustrations, the music, the stories, and the activities, which my children and I can enjoy together. Continue reading

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