Places we like (and why you should too)...


HappyCrowd.com

If you never do anything else on StoryRhyme.com, do this: Stop reading right now and go to HappyCrowd.com, listen to a couple of tracks, buy a CD, send us a thank-you. You're welcome. They're that good.

We've all heard of the Wiggles, those pleasant blokes from Down Under, but you haven't heard great music for kids until you've heard The Happy Crowd. If you've been fortunate enough to see them live, (and their touring seems to be limited to Southern California) consider yourself lucky. We don't know why they're not a household word, but popularity does not always equate to quality.

Their CD "Gettin' Happy," is truly wonderful. I played it in the car for weeks (even when my son wasn't with me). The songs are positive and catchy, with tight arrangements and talented musicianship to back them up. We love The Happy Crowd and you should too.




JustOneMoreBook.com

Just One More Book is a thrice-weekly podcast which promotes and celebrates literacy and great children’s books. If you're wondering just what children's books to add to your shopping list (or for your next trip to the library), you'll want to check out JustOneMoreBook.com. This site offers a wealth of information on a wide variety of children's books, listed by author and subject matter, delivered in podcast form. Andrea and Mark of JustOneMoreBook.com discuss the books they're reviewing while sitting in their "favourite coffee shop." They seem like such nice people, too; just the sort of folks you'd like to talk about books with. I can just smell the coffee.




MyKidsRegistry.com
MyKidsRegistry
We at StoryRhyme.com love parties. MyKidsRegistry.com is a unique website (free) for parents. The idea is, when planning a birthday party, parents create an account and can register their child's gift preferences. I know there have been many times when I've set out to buy a gift and have wandered the aisles aimlessly, trying to figure out just the right thing and wondering if I'm buying a duplicate gift.

This site enables the parent to create a wish list for their child as well as designate charitable giving in lieu of gifts (which is a wonderful idea). There's also an option for college savings plan donations; a great way for grandparents and friends to invest in a child's future. MyKidsRegistry.com offers a wide variety of party supplies. You can even order a Party In A Box (wow, that sounds easy).

Check out this great site.




KidSurplus.com

As I mentioned in my blog, KidSurplus.com is a great resource for all parents. If you're looking for a deal, you really should check out this site. The clearance section has some really great buys, and we've always been happy with the quality of the merchandise.




NeoPets.com

NeoPets.com is really a world of its own. It's actually worlds within worlds and may even feel a bit intimidating at first glance just because of its sheer size. Once you set up your account, you can then choose your virtual pet, give it a name, and then it's up to you to take care of your little friend. This is a wonderful place that teaches "outside one's self responsibility."

Our son has had his two friends, Summy and Gammera, (a Tuskaninny and a Grundo) for about three years. You must feed your pets, play with them, and groom them. Seriously. Summy has quite the attitude, too. If he doesn't like the food you offer him, he'll turn his nose up at it and make a smart comment. Gammera isn't as picky (Grundos aren't as bright as Tuskaninnies, by the way). This site is extremely elaborate. There are ways to earn money so you can build a home, buy food, toys, and books for your Neopet, but if you don't have the Neopoints (money), you can always feed them a portion of the giant free omelet.

Neopets is a fun, safe site for children.




CoolMath4Kids.com

coolmath4kids.com. Little kids actually liking math..? This site receives an endorsement from our son who's been playing math games on it for quite a while now. Being math challenged myself, I'm happy that he's happy on a math site. Sad to say, he's been instructed to go ask Dad when he's got a math question (sigh).

This site is full of math lessons, exercises and games. It also has advice for parents and teachers. I might give it a try myself and see if you can teach a, um, somewhat older dog some new math tricks.