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easter egg pattern match game: for kids, by kids

easter egg pattern match game: for kids, by kids

Apr 17, 2014 | No comment

Easter is right around the corner, and we’re psyched. Not only does Easter mean egg painting and candy, family time

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alphabet egg hunt: uppercase and lowercase letter match

alphabet egg hunt: uppercase and lowercase letter match

Apr 2, 2014 | No comment

Kids need to learn the letters of the alphabet. And even if we play with the letters for ten minutes

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springtime easter sensory bin: egg hunt and count

springtime easter sensory bin: egg hunt and count

Mar 30, 2014 | No comment

Huge thanks to Lauren, of Tutus & Tea Parties, for writing this smart and totally cool springtime craft post.  Lauren

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lent ideas for kids and families

lent ideas for kids and families

Mar 6, 2014 | No comment

      Lent is here. And this year, rather than have Lent be a time when my kids complain

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how to teach the easter story to kids: resurrection rolls

how to teach the easter story to kids: resurrection rolls

Mar 29, 2013 | 9 comments

The Easter story is a hard one to wrap your head around. No matter your age, it’s a bit confusing

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alphabet egg puzzles

alphabet egg puzzles

Mar 3, 2009 | 5 comments

Today I brought out another awesome resource from Bear’s Words Their Way. . . (2004), but it can be replicated

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  • easter egg pattern match game: for kids, by kids
  • alphabet egg hunt: uppercase and lowercase letter match
  • springtime easter sensory bin: egg hunt and count
  • lent ideas for kids and families
  • how to teach the easter story to kids: resurrection rolls
  • alphabet egg puzzles

alphabet

word building, letter writing, stamping to spell
January 9, 2014 12 comments

word building, letter writing, stamping to spell

     Originally published on 2.23.11 but republished because it’s that important. During Maddy’s homework time yesterday, Owen had one task on  his mind: he wanted to write a get-well letter ...

beginning sounds

best of teach mama countdown: #5 -- letters b and d
January 8, 2012 1 comment

best of teach mama countdown: #5 — letters b and d

I love it when I find a resource that really, truly helps my kids. And PBS has provided me with so many ways to support my children’s learning, in their ...

birthdays

simple, sweet butterfly birthday with awesome ME boxes
March 25, 2013 5 comments

simple, sweet butterfly birthday with awesome ME boxes

    Our Cora had a Butterfly Birthday Bash Playdate, which was fun and simple and beautiful and full of butterflies and perfect for ringing in numero seis. Our tiniest ...

books

10 must-read multicultural children's books
January 27, 2014 7 comments

10 must-read multicultural children’s books

      Today is Multicultural Children’s Book Day, and we are celebrating diversity in children’s literature! Woo-hoo!  You better believe I’m all for it. Our kids must read a wide ...

cooking

how to throw a rockstar frozen birthday party—snacks to serve
April 11, 2014 1 comment

how to throw a rockstar frozen birthday party—snacks to serve

  Frozen is all the rage these days, so it’s no wonder that my Cora wanted a ‘Frozen’ birthday party for her 7th. So that’s what we did. Starting last ...

crafts

sweet, sparkly flower craft for kids: read, learn, create
March 23, 2014 No Comment

sweet, sparkly flower craft for kids: read, learn, create

The following sweet, springtime guest post is written by the incredibly creative mom and teacher, Kristina Buskirk, of Toddler Approved.  Toddler Approved is a must-read. Even though my babies are well ...

critical thinking

partner match: cool game for questioning, thinking, chatting, moving, and more
January 30, 2013 4 comments

partner match: cool game for questioning, thinking, chatting, moving, and more

It’s not easy to find games that get kids up and moving, engaged, excited, and thinking, but Partner Match is a winner in our book. And the cool thing about ...

digital literacy

virtual travel: kids can explore without leaving home
March 10, 2014 No Comment

virtual travel: kids can explore without leaving home

    Springtime often means sunshine and warm breezes, park play dates and bike rides. But it also means rain boots and umbrellas.  Long and lazy afternoons inside, waiting for ...

family fun

raising creative kids: target 'kid made modern' $150 giveaway
March 11, 2014 63 comments

raising creative kids: target ‘kid made modern’ $150 giveaway

      One of the things I love about working with Target is that I have had the opportunity to meet some really great people, do some really fun things, ...

fluency

learning during read-alouds: improving fluency
August 13, 2013 16 comments

learning during read-alouds: improving fluency

This is a re-post of a November 16, 2011 post because it’s totally worth revisiting.   Fluency is a tricky–but totally important–element of reading comprehension. No. Question. About it. And ...

giving back

today I am thankful
February 6, 2014 18 comments

today I am thankful

Today I am thankful. The skies have been grey and temperatures frigid for the last three weeks. Dirty socks and sweatshirts cover my kids’ floors. There was too much yelling ...

indoor activities

raising creative kids: target 'kid made modern' $150 giveaway
March 11, 2014 63 comments

raising creative kids: target ‘kid made modern’ $150 giveaway

      One of the things I love about working with Target is that I have had the opportunity to meet some really great people, do some really fun things, ...

math

fractions with FOOD: hands-on math
April 6, 2014 No Comment

fractions with FOOD: hands-on math

This post about fun with food and fractions is written by Jen of Beyond Traditional Math. Hopefully after reading it, you’ll never look at food quite the same! Thank you, ...

new for us foods

recipe reading (and cookie-eating)
October 8, 2013 2 comments

recipe reading (and cookie-eating)

    This post was originally published on December 12, 2009, but as I searched for our Iced Pumpkin Spice Cookie recipe, I found this oldie but goodie and realized ...

parenting

prepare a family emergency plan: be EVEREADY (and grab a few free books from Scholastic!)
April 18, 2014 No Comment

prepare a family emergency plan: be EVEREADY (and grab a few free books from Scholastic!)

      Free books.  FREE books! Seriously. Grab free books for making sure your family is prepared for an emergency.  And for goodness’ sake, don’t we all want to ...

school

advanced learners: 8 ways to support them at home
January 12, 2014 6 comments

advanced learners: 8 ways to support them at home

The following guest post is written by Natalie, of Afterschool for Smarty Pants.   Natalie shares ways she enriches her daughter’s learning at home, after school.  Check it out. —————————— As ...

science experiments for kids

soap dough, soap molds, crazy cool fun with soap
July 26, 2013 4 comments

soap dough, soap molds, crazy cool fun with soap

    What happens when you put a bar of Ivory soap in the microwave? Really. Ivory soap. Plain ole sweet-smelling, plain-jane white bar o’ Ivory soap? In the microwave. ...

travel

disneyland fun facts: lunchbox notes
March 31, 2014 No Comment

disneyland fun facts: lunchbox notes

      We are gearing up for a Disneyland adventure, and to prepare our family, we’re rocking some Disneyland fun fact lunchbox notes. Actually, these little fun facts are ...