Yearly Archives: 2011

making the most of holiday clean-up
December 31, 2011 4 comments

making the most of holiday clean-up

The holidays have rushed in and rushed out over here, and despite a 7+ hour ride home from Pennsylvania and two people down over three days with the stomach bug, ...

quick trick: what to do with holiday cards
December 30, 2011 11 comments

quick trick: what to do with holiday cards

We’re huge fans of holiday cards around here. Actually, we’re huge fans of all types of cards.  We love to use them for cutting practice, arts and crafts, and even ...

our easy, affordable new year family traditions
December 29, 2011 8 comments

our easy, affordable new year family traditions

My husband and I have never really been fans of New Year’s Eve. We’re the furthest thing from night owls, so staying up late is not easy–or that much fun ...

family playing cards: take 'em, make 'em, then play!
December 28, 2011 22 comments

family playing cards: take ‘em, make ‘em, then play!

A few years ago, I burned the midnight oil way too close to the finish line, in an attempt to create Family Playing Cards for Maddy, Owen, and Cora. And ...

last minute treats: fancy, festive chocolate pretzels
December 22, 2011 6 comments

last minute treats: fancy, festive chocolate pretzels

Last week, the kids and I celebrated our annual Cookie Baking Day–something we all look forward to in the month of December. On the morning of our Cookie Baking Day, ...

teacher gifts: creative group holiday gifts
December 19, 2011 9 comments

teacher gifts: creative group holiday gifts

This is a guest post by my friends at Volunteer Spot, just in time for the holidays and especially for those Room Parents who are scrambling last-minute to get things ...

new for us friday: homemade scratch-off tickets (fun stocking stuffers!)
December 16, 2011 23 comments

new for us friday: homemade scratch-off tickets (fun stocking stuffers!)

It’s been a busy few days–weeks!–with our December birthday and work and school and holiday festivities, but I’m totally over the moon excited to share something fun and completely new-for-me. ...

holiday time fun-fact lunchbox notes
December 13, 2011 6 comments

holiday time fun-fact lunchbox notes

I said yesterday, my kids have taken to the Christmas around the World, and I am so totally over the moon about it. They’re batty over a non-fiction text! They ...

learning during read-alouds: non-fiction that WORKS
December 12, 2011 9 comments

learning during read-alouds: non-fiction that WORKS

The first few times Owen had media at school this year, he came home with the most random books. His first book was an Arthur book that we already have ...

new for us friday: gaylord national ICE! (& why you should go)
December 9, 2011 5 comments

new for us friday: gaylord national ICE! (& why you should go)

This New For Us Friday, I’m totally excited to share something that I wish every family was able to do, even during this busy time of year. It’s a New ...

quick and easy math game: strike it out!
December 7, 2011 9 comments

quick and easy math game: strike it out!

I’m always on the hunt for ways to make math more fun over here, especially since math is not my forte. So when Maddy came home with ‘play game with ...