early literacy

abc hide-and-seek 2.0
September 15, 2010 4 comments

abc hide-and-seek 2.0

September is a month of celebrations! A new school year! Two sweet cousins’ birthdays! And finally, after 41 weeks (and a day or two!), our newest family member decided to ...

what to say when kids make reading mistakes
August 5, 2010 5 comments

what to say when kids make reading mistakes

So what should you say when a child makes mistake during reading? I’ve been asked this question so many times by my friends, by parents of students I tutor, and ...

creating word-conscious kids
July 28, 2010 1 comment

creating word-conscious kids

A portion of this article was originally posted by me on ABC & 123 on 5/17/10. Just the way that some people will notice a kite in the sky, a ...

keeping summer reading fresh, fun, priority one
June 30, 2010 5 comments

keeping summer reading fresh, fun, priority one

It’s true–summer can be a slippery slope of ‘un-learning’ if parents don’t play their cards right. For so many of us, it’s easy to just send the kids out back ...

our everyday name books
June 22, 2010 1 comment

our everyday name books

Books, books, books! We’re making books, reading books, and talking about books over here–between trips to the pool and bike rides, that is. With our summer schedules in full swing, ...

new for us friday: leapster explorer (and giveaway!)
June 11, 2010 2 comments

new for us friday: leapster explorer (and giveaway!)

I am always on the hunt for worthwhile, well-made educational products to use with Maddy, Owen, and Cora. It’s sometimes hard to sort them all out because so many do ...

quick trick: names, names, everywhere, names!
June 7, 2010 5 comments

quick trick: names, names, everywhere, names!

This Quick Trick is super easy but has big pay-offs. As one of the most important gifts we give to our children, names carry serious weight. Little ones should be ...

new for us friday: first vlog! (and flip minoHD giveaway)
June 4, 2010 No Comment

new for us friday: first vlog! (and flip minoHD giveaway)

I’ve thought about doing this for ages, and now I finally have a reason. This New For Us Friday marks a very new–and very scary first for me: my first-ever ...

sky writing
May 28, 2010 No Comment

sky writing

Sometimes, you need nothing but your fingers and the sky to practice writing. Today, during a way-too-hot lunch out on the porch, Owen, Cora, and I chatted about Brady’s first ...

take time to rhyme--4 fun ways to play with rhymes
May 26, 2010 No Comment

take time to rhyme–4 fun ways to play with rhymes

Repost from an article I wrote for ABC & 123, on 5/03/10: Whether you’re taking your kids to preschool, enjoying a walk, or just lazying around in the back yard, ...

labeling and learning, learning and labeling
April 27, 2010 3 comments

labeling and learning, learning and labeling

For our making our rainy weekend a lot more bright, I’m extending big thanks to my awesome Aunt Pat. She’s a former Head Start and Pre-K teacher who entertained us ...