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how to teach summary writing: the 1-hand summary

how to teach summary writing: the 1-hand summary

Summaries are difficult. Writing summaries, oral summaries--it doesn't matter. Both? Difficult. No matter the student's age, the act of reading something--anything--and either retelling or summarizing is really, truly tough. Summarizing is a skill that must be explicitly taught. And it's a skill that must be modeled. And it's a skill that is worth revisiting time and time again, year after year. This year, Maddy's been challenged with the weekly task of reading her choice … Read More...

how to have a family meeting: what works for us

how to have a family meeting: what works for us

  Oh, friends. How things change as our kids get older, right? After years of doing what we can to give our kids choices, listening to them, doing all we can but ultimately having the final say--our kids have expressed to us that they want more of a voice in our family. I get it. So we've been having Family Meetings. We have only recently begun to have regular Family Meetings, and though they are not perfect, I do think they help.' We're still learning. Aren't we … Read More...

must-have conversation after taking your kids to see cinderella

must-have conversation after taking kids to see cinderella

    Last Friday, we saw Cinderella. The new and improved Cinderella from Disney. And it was gorgeous. It was beautiful. From start to finish, the characters were beautiful, the setting was beautiful. The dress. The dress was beautiful. The glass slippers? Beautiful. And the end? It's picture-perfect. It's a fairy tale ending, just like we all wanted. Every little girl I know will want to see it. Over and over and over and over and over again. Which is why … Read More...

st. patrick's day BRAIN TEASER scavenger hunt

st. patrick’s day BRAIN TEASER scavenger hunt

      Even though our lives have changed quite a bit since I started this blog seven years ago, one thing has remained the same: we love to rock it out for holidays. Even big kids like to rock it out for the holidays. So this year, I decided to kick up our traditional St. Patty's Day Scavenger Hunt just a wee bit.  My kids are quick, and they're smart. So our Scavenger Hunt needs to be tricky and engaging to keep them interested--or at least to stretch our … Read More...

get kids ready for kindergarten

don’t send your child to Kindergarten until you take this Home Study!

Friends! I have been so, so busy lately, working hard on our teachmama.com redesign-- woo-hooooo! and working on some other really fun and exciting things for you.   This week, I launched the first of a series of teach mama Home Studies: short, information-packed, interactive courses designed to change your life. Perhaps you think 'changing your life' is a little lofty--but it's true.  It really can change your life--and your child's.  Here's the thing: in the last 10 … Read More...