early literacy

early literacy game for kids: read a word, build a snowman
February 5, 2014 1 comment

early literacy game for kids: read a word, build a snowman

originally published December 20, 2009  We have had a ton of snow dropped on us in the last two days; clearly, my kiddos have snow on the brain. So I ...

phonemic awareness and classification with zoo magazine pictures
January 26, 2014 2 comments

phonemic awareness and classification with zoo magazine pictures

The following guest post is written by the amazing Aubrey of Montessori Mischief. If ever you wanted to know about Montessori education, do check her blog.It’s awesome.  And beautiful. —————————— ...

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 ...

tips and tricks for teaching emergent readers (with free printable early reader books!)
October 29, 2013 2 comments

tips and tricks for teaching emergent readers (with free printable early reader books!)

The following guest post is written by the incredibly talented (and busy!) Anna of The Measured Mom.  Anna is a former classroom teacher, currently a mom of four littles who ...

3 all-time best games to play with sight words
May 2, 2013 2 comments

3 all-time best games to play with sight words

What games do you play with sight words? Sight words are words that we all need to be able to read quickly and automatically in order to be strong readers, ...

nursery rhymes old and new: listening, learning and comparing
April 24, 2013 6 comments

nursery rhymes old and new: listening, learning and comparing

We’re on a crazy nursery rhyme kick over here. But instead of sticking to our more modern nursery rhyme poems and calling it a day, we branched out a bit ...

learn about safe online browsing (and win an iPad mini)
April 9, 2013 No Comment

learn about safe online browsing (and win an iPad mini)

I’m so excited to have been invited to be a panelist for a Twitter event this week that brings together digital and families and kids and online safety and wraps ...

alphabet and reading on the road
February 18, 2013 5 comments

alphabet and reading on the road

The kids and I spent the weekend in Pennsylvania, showering my baby sister and her husband with love for their soon-to-be baby boy. Though we experienced a little more excitement ...

make time to rhyme: rhyme games for bigger kids
September 10, 2012 3 comments

make time to rhyme: rhyme games for bigger kids

We’ve talked about the importance of rhyme many times in the past, but I feel like as Maddy and Owen have gotten older, I’ve really slacked when it’s come to ...

what to do after kids learn their abc's: next steps to reading
July 17, 2012 34 comments

what to do after kids learn their abc’s: next steps to reading

Many parents know that their children need to learn the letters of the alphabet, but what happens next? You’ve got a ton of alphabet books, you point the ABC’s when ...

10 fun ways of helping kids learn the abc's
June 28, 2012 8 comments

10 fun ways of helping kids learn the abc’s

It’s so easy for us to say we want our kids to learn the ABC’s and 123′s before kids hit Kindergarten, but how do we actually do it? Is there ...