I have always been on the hunt for ways to make learning fun and natural for my kids.
Ways to make learning happen on the fly and in meaningful ways.
We'll research a little about frogs and toads when we find one in our back yard. We'll play around with leftover candy canes at the end of the holiday season. We'll run a red apple taste test to see which type of red apple is our favorite. We'll get dirty in the backyard garden each summer.
This week, though, we ran into a situation … Read More...
Those of you who know me know that Pokemon is one of my least favorite things in the whole, wide world.
I struggled through Owen's crazy Pokemon stage a few summers ago, trying to learn to distinguish Charizard from Charmeleon and Pidgey from Pidgeotto so that I could try to understand what he was talking about--all the livelong day.
Maddy, Cora, my husband and I tried to play Pokemon, flipping cards and talking about evolutions and attacks and CP and EX (probably wrong … Read More...
Originally published in August of 2014 but republished because we're making these same swim ribbon garlands today!
Our swim and dive season has been over now for two weeks, but we've done more post-season celebrating this year than ever before.
Usually, as soon as we wrap up the banquet, swim ribbons get shoved in a drawer, meet caps get put away, and trophies are given a home on the bedroom shelf.
And then we move quickly into part two of our summer: everything after swim and … Read More...
It's Cora's turn up to bat, friends.
Since Maddy and Owen have both been guest contributing this summer, you better believe that my Cora needed a turn, too.
Cora thought it would be wise to let parents in on a few of her favorite shows. These are shows that are geared toward kids ages 8-12 years old, and they are some of her favorites.
I always found that it was difficult to move from the sweet and easy Sesame Street and Daniel Tiger days to the next chapter: finding smart … Read More...
What should I do--my child hates reading!!
Is there a ‘quick fix’ for my son, who struggles with reading?
My daughter tells me she can’t read. Now what? I think she can read--I just think she doesn't like to read.
How should I react when the summer reading conversation causes stress, anger, or anxiety for my son?
What is better for my child--a regular book? an ebook? an audiobook?
Is there a tool available to make reading easier for my kids? More enjoyable?
Friends, … Read More...