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 ...

build your own bingo games: uppercase and lowercase letter match
December 1, 2011 15 comments

build your own bingo games: uppercase and lowercase letter match

Cora and I have been rockin’ the bingo games lately, with a new spin on bingo games that she really seems to love. And I’m sure the Smartie bingo markers ...

family names: reading and writing the ones we love
November 21, 2011 9 comments

family names: reading and writing the ones we love

Homework time is still a really important part of our day, especially now that Owen’s in Kindergarten and Maddy’s second grade work is picking up. And I really try my ...

halloween word search
October 26, 2011 4 comments

halloween word search

Homework time over here this week and last has been a little spooky. Just a bit. Cora and Owen have been rockin the Halloween Word Search, which I made last ...

fabulous, fancy game to practice tricky sounds: s, t, r, l
September 19, 2011 10 comments

fabulous, fancy game to practice tricky sounds: s, t, r, l

It’s Cora’s Sparkle-icious Game. That’s what she calls is. But I don’t care what she calls it because all I know is that she wants to play it–like every single ...

meeting new teachers: hello, teacher notes!
August 16, 2011 11 comments

meeting new teachers: hello, teacher notes!

Today we spent a few minutes doing one of our favorite back-to-school activities–one that gives my kiddos a chance to say a little ‘hello’ to their teachers even before they ...

learning during lunch with muffin tin meals
July 6, 2011 7 comments

learning during lunch with muffin tin meals

We took it easy today, after a late night filled with a lot of sushi-eating and a slow and rainy morning. So after swim, dive, and mini-team, we zipped home, ...

building words outside, on the fly, WordWorld-style
April 26, 2011 2 comments

building words outside, on the fly, WordWorld-style

Cora and I were just hanging around out front last night, relaxing in the breeze and getting some fresh air while Maddy, Owen, and my husband hit the driving range. ...

sight word games to prepare for kindergarten: go fish!
April 19, 2011 16 comments

sight word games to prepare for kindergarten: go fish!

Owen has been really interested in reading lately, so I’m trying to roll with it without pushing him or having him lose interest–so games have been my go-to. He’s trying ...

word building, name building (and crossing the line)
April 6, 2011 27 comments

word building, name building (and crossing the line)

I try really hard to mix things up for Owen and Cora during homework time; some days they just color.  Some days they paint.  But at least 2-3 times each ...

quick trick: magnetic letters (how to use them with your kids!)
December 1, 2010 25 comments

quick trick: magnetic letters (how to use them with your kids!)

Holiday time is here, and things are sure to be nutty around our house–and everyone else’s–for the next few weeks. Although I know it’s going to be hard to sneak ...