listening

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 ...

best of teach mama countdown: #2 — spelling words
January 12, 2012 2 comments

best of teach mama countdown: #2 — spelling words

Yay! We’re getting down to the wire with this teach mama top 10 all-time best countdown! This post is one that I have shared probably more than times than any ...

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 ...

magazine activities: creative, crafty, sneaky-learning fun
December 4, 2011 31 comments

magazine activities: creative, crafty, sneaky-learning fun

We are huge magazine fans over here. We love finding them in the mailbox, reading them, playing detective with them, crafting with them, and learning with them.  When they arrive ...

mom's homeroom: ideas, advice, videos, crazy-cool blogs
September 21, 2011 5 comments

mom’s homeroom: ideas, advice, videos, crazy-cool blogs

I am over the moon to share some exciting news: I’ve been working with MSN and Frosted Mini-Wheats for the last few months, writing as a Featured Blogger and doing ...

trying tapas: rockville restaurant week (& giveaway!)
September 7, 2011 28 comments

trying tapas: rockville restaurant week (& giveaway!)

For the last few days, Cora and I have read Susan Middleton Elya’s Bebé Goes Shopping more times than I can count. In the story, Mamá y Bebé take a ...

new for us friday: dinosaur train --the movie!
August 19, 2011 5 comments

new for us friday: dinosaur train –the movie!

We’ve done a whole lot of new-for-us things this summer, but with the excitement of our Smart Summer Challenge, I’ve hardly had time to share them. However, I had to ...

wolf trap's theater in the woods
July 18, 2011 3 comments

wolf trap’s theater in the woods

This week’s Smart Summer Challenge week has a Forest Friendly focus, so it’s a perfect opportunity to write about the time we spent at Wolf Trap’s Children’s Theater-in-the-Woods. The Theater-in-the-Woods ...

getting ready for kindergarten: short e picture-word sort
June 14, 2011 5 comments

getting ready for kindergarten: short e picture-word sort

One of the best activities for practicing early word learning is the picture-word sort. Nothing takes the pressure off of reading like adding pictures since a huuuuge chunk of early ...

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 ...