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toddler shapes: learn and play
February 22, 2014 3 comments

toddler shapes: learn and play

      The following guest post is written by talented and creative Australian homeschooling mom of two, Rachel Brown. Rachel writes the blog, Racheous, where she shares Lovable Learning ...

five activities for crossing the midline (and why it’s important)
November 1, 2013 4 comments

five activities for crossing the midline (and why it’s important)

The following guest post is written by the amazing Devany LeDrew. Devany is a former Kindergarten who now shares adventures with her children–most often playing, learning, and remembering–on her blog ...

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 ...

how to help kids with articulation (you CAN help!)
December 6, 2012 16 comments

how to help kids with articulation (you CAN help!)

As an educator and parent, I’ve always had an ear for the way my kiddos learned language, spoke, and pronounced their words. Their articulation–they way they say words–has always been ...

pretzel patterns: learning during snacktime
November 15, 2012 3 comments

pretzel patterns: learning during snacktime

It’s been crazy over here for the past few weeks, with nutty, awful weather, with colds and stomach bugs, lots of late meetings, and lots of end-of-season hurrahs. So our ...

how to play 'mary had a little lamb' on the recorder (or try to, at least)
September 25, 2012 2 comments

how to play ‘mary had a little lamb’ on the recorder (or try to, at least)

We tried. Maybe a bit too hard–or maybe not hard enough–depending on how you look at it. But we have been rockin’ the ole recorder over here for a few ...

2 crazy cool ways to use shoeboxes
July 12, 2012 7 comments

2 crazy cool ways to use shoeboxes

Let’s face it, times are tough for a lot of us, so it’s due time that we really begin to use what we have in clever and creative ways. How ...

summer fun cards: making the most of our summer
June 19, 2012 9 comments

summer fun cards: making the most of our summer

One of our most favorite parts of summer is making our Summer Fun Cards. We’ve made them for the past three years, and each year I’m thrilled that each year ...

how to make super-easy, beautiful flower pens
May 8, 2012 11 comments

how to make super-easy, beautiful flower pens

It’s Teacher Appreciation Week, a time I really believe teachers should get a little love, a pat on the back for all of their hard work, effort, and energy. Though ...

how to develop language through play
May 7, 2012 No Comment

how to develop language through play

I’m excited to share a few posts I’ve written that focus on developing children’s language through play. Each short article offers parents two teeny little tips that they can easily ...

quick trick: take reading on the road
April 9, 2012 7 comments

quick trick: take reading on the road

A few weeks ago, I took the kids to Pennsylvania for the weekend–another solo trip and one I’ve done dozens of times before. But what I realized is that the ...