Tag: back to school

It’s all about that space, ’bout that space.

It’s back to school time, which also means, back to school shopping time. That’s why we launched the first installment of our annual Cool Mom Picks Back to School guide, full of the coolest space accessories for kids. Yay geeks! From school supplies to cool shoes, even a must-have-go-right-now-and-look Neil DeGrasse Tyson pin, we’ve got a bunch space-tastic goodies for kids that will hopefully make them soar to new heights this back-to-school season. Oh how I love space puns. Whether your kids are already back, or you’ve still got a month to go (like us), head over to Cool Mom...

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14 of the best organizational apps for parents to help keep you sane | Cool Mom Tech Back to School Tech Guide 2016

We love finding the best organizational apps for parents each year because honestly? We need them ourselves! If you’re anything like me, all household organization seems to disappear over the summer as we fully embrace our laid-back, casual schedule while we can. But now that school is in session, I’m all about getting focused. I  our new routine again, and these apps have been a lifesaver for me. From calendars to homework helpers, team communication apps to smart ways to organize all that artwork that’s going to come home with my kindergartener, these are what I think are some of the...

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14 of the best math apps for kids of all ages: Back to School tech guide

Our Back to School tech guide continues with a bevy of the best math apps for kids of all ages. There are so many fantastic options these days — almost too many to count (ha) —  so we’ve done the digging for you to uncover lots of the best math apps including a few old favorites from these pages, and plenty of new additions. It’s by no means comprehensive, so be sure to see our post on the best math apps of 2015 for even more ideas. One thing you’ll notice about this list — the belief that math can and should be fun, especially when you’re first learning. Hopefully, with...

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12 of the best reading apps for kids of all ages: Back-to-School tech guide

Our back to school 2016 guide continues with our picks for some of the best reading apps for kids. From preschoolers learning ABC basics and sight words, to older kids needing a synonym for obsequious (or uh, maybe that is the synonym?), we have you covered. Because like you, we really want to raise children who genuinely love to read, and when apps can help make it fun, all the better. Related: 10 of the best reading apps just for preschoolers and younger kids Best Reading Apps for Younger Kids Sight Words app When my first born was in kindergarten, all I heard about was sight words,...

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How to wake your kids up in the morning? Try these 6 helpful alarm clocks and alarm apps.

With back-to-school in full swing for most of us, the grind of managing a schedule with after school activities and homework is picking back up again. But after late nights and lazy summer mornings, the hurdle for these first few weeks is getting everyone out of bed in the morning. From mobile options to hardware options, here are 6 smart ways to get kids up on time that you might not know about that might finally work to getting kids out of bed, and even better, without you nagging them.   Great Alarm Clocks on Mobile Devices Hey Siri If your kids are iOS users,...

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15 of the best science apps for preschoolers through teens: Back-to-School tech guide

We parents know that science is everywhere and why it’s so important. So we always love tracking down some of the best science apps for kids each year, to show kids how fun science can be, and how it’s a part of pretty much everything they already do and see. The focus on STEM in the past few years has given rise to incredible products and apps for kids to explore science from a very young age. But it’s likely that our pick’s for this year’s best science apps for kids will answer many of them, and provoke many more, too. We’re betting a lot of parents...

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Cool gifts designed by your kids’ favorite gamers and YouTubers at Maker Shop.

My kids are obsessed with Aphmau, the hugely  popular YouTuber, Vlogger, designer — and mom, by the way — who creates the Minecraft roleplay videos they devour like I used to watch, oh, Captain Caveman. I happened to click on the Aphmau Maker Shop link from her Twitter profile while my kids were over my shoulder, and that was the end of that. They are now obsessed with her kitty backpacks — and the knowledge that Maker Shop has tons of items designed by popular gamers and vloggers. And by popular, I mean you may not recognize their names and characters, but your tweens and teens...

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May the force be with your feet

Considering how happy I was after clicking through a sock ad on Facebook, I figured maybe I’d go two for two when I saw these Star Wars socks in my feed, because I’ve got a few fans in my house who would love these for back to school. Related: These are the Droid suitcases you’ve been looking for Known for their funky socks and very cool artist collaborations, it’s no surprise that these Star Wars socks from Stance are the coolest I’ve seen. You’ll find all sorts of cool combos, in particular the dynamic duos from the movie, like...

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4 laptop backpacks from Speck, just in time for back to school

I’m all for getting a jump on back to school shopping even though my kids don’t start back for another month or so. And with one kid entering middle school (eep!), I’m thinking a laptop backpack might be the way to go. We’re big fans of Speck smart phone cases, so I was excited to see their new line of laptop backpacks, with 4 different options depending on your price range, laptop size, and amount of binders, and amount of tween and teen stuff that needs to be carried. Plus, a 3-year warranty, which we parents greatly appreciate. Related:...

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8 of the best reading apps for older kids: Back to School Tech Guide 2015

It may sound a tad hokey, but reading really is fundamental to school and life in general, which is why we’ve worked hard to put together 8 of the very best reading apps for older kids as part of our Back to School Tech Guide 2015. Whether you have an older grade-schooler who’s more likely to pick up a tablet to read a book that’s not required for class or a teen who is deep into dystopia and the race to save the most fictional of worlds, we hope that one of these smart, entertaining, and educational apps has your own...

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