Next week, Beanstack will be an exhibitor at the Digital Shift conference. This is our first time presenting at a virtual conference, and it seems like a really terrific program. You can register for free and hear from a number of thought leaders. And you can visit us! Here is what we have planned for the day.Read More
Months ago, I read an article that the White House would be hosting its first ever Demo Day. Just the thought of bringing our service to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue seemed like a far away dream. We applied for Zoobean to participate, and apparently, we were one of 2,000 companies under consideration. So last week when the White House called to say we were in, well, it was quite a total thrill! Read more about our experience at #WHDemoDayRead More
We are thrilled to announce the newest member of our team, Katherine Vander Vennet! Katherine joins us as EVP of Sales, Awe and Wonder for Zoobean. We invite you to learn more about Katherine's journey to what she calls "the perfect job for me." TLDR: She's the real deal, with a side of awesome sauce.Read More
Happy Friday...and almost Pi Day! In honor of the day, I'll remind everyone to check out Talking Math With Your Kids, a fabulous blog for incorporating math into everyday conversations with kids.
Also, yesterday marked the end of SxSW Edu, but you can still catch up on the keynote and a variety of sessions via video and podcast.
Enjoy this week's articles
How do kids find best friends? What milestones should your child achieve by Kindergarten? These questions and more are addressed in this week's roundup of some of my favorite articles. Enjoy!Read More
Happy almost Valentine's Day! This week's selections are all quite thought-provoking. I'd love to know what you think, especially about letting our kids change and learning to read in English.Read More
We are just getting back from our trip to the American Librarian Association meeting in Chicago. Sure there was a blizzard, but we had a wonderful time meeting librarians from all over, and sharing our Beanstack service with them. Love this photo of Chelsea from Sacramento rocking our tote bag. :)
Enjoy this week's picks and have a wonderful weekend!
Since our company started partnering with libraries, I have learned more about the incredible number of online resources they offer to patrons. Foreign language classes? Check. Homework help? That, too. Live streaming videos? Yes, and this is just the beginning of the list for many libraries.Read More
This week, I have included an article about girls playing the role of secretary in school projects, app trends we can expect to see in 2015, and even some ideas to help get you through snow days.Read More
NPR had it right. Aaron Becker’s books, gorgeous tales of adventure, make you want to be a kid again. And his perspective as an artist and father make you want to add layers to raising your kids, too. Recently, Aaron joined me for a Zoobean Expert on Air conversation, in which I learned a great deal about his work, experience, and perspective on creativity and parenting. Humble and driven, Aaron has so many pearls of wisdom to share. Here are five things you may not know about this Caldecott honor winner, and hopefully inspire you in your own creative or parenting endeavors (or both)!Read More
Now that our son is getting a bit older, he is much more aware of our family’s traditions during this holiday season. In our case, we celebrate “Christmukkah” and appreciate books like this one that show families with many traditions celebrating them together. This week I want to share just a few resources for exploring our own experience as well as other cultures.Read More
Welcome to December. How did we get here so quickly? I'm super excited for this month because we have two Experts on Air sessions. First up is Aaron Becker, creator of Journey (Caldecott Honor 2014) and Quest. You'll be able to join us live and ask questions. To get us started, I asked Aaron to answer two parent-related questions, and here are his thoughtful, inspiring responses. Be sure to RSVP for the event, too.
And to help your child start to read his/her own holiday cards with this week's recommendations, focused on sight words, from Jason at Born Reading. Enjoy a wonderful weekend!
SAVE THE DATE! On December 11 at 2pm ET, we will host a live Zoobean Expert hangout on air with Caldecott Honor winner, Aaron Becker. (RSVP Here) You may be familiar with Becker's books Journey and Quest. They are gorgeous, and he promises to share an incredibly unique perspective with us. Here are his answers to two of our parent-related questions to get us started!Read More
Welcome to this week's recommendations!
In Born Reading: Bringing Up Bookworms in a Digital Age, Jason Boog collected stacks of books and apps that parents can use with kids. He started a newsletter to share one new book, one new app and one new craft every week, and every other week our co-founder, Jordan, contributes her recommendations. Here is this week's post from Jason!Read More