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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

new for us friday: LeapFrog Story Time Pad (& giveaway!)
November 11, 2011 61 comments

new for us friday: LeapFrog Story Time Pad (& giveaway!)

This New For Us Friday, I’m totally excited about a new product from LeapFrog designed especially with younger kiddos in mind. And I’m not at all surprised that though I ...

national book festival and gala: what I learned
September 26, 2011 No Comment

national book festival and gala: what I learned

My most favorite night of the year was last Friday night: The National Book Festival Gala. The National Book Festival is in its 11th year, and this year for the ...

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 ...

target's read with me (with iPad and children's books giveaway!)
January 6, 2011 1,095 comments

target’s read with me (with iPad and children’s books giveaway!)

Many thanks for the enthusiastic response to this giveaway. The contest is now closed, and random.org #105 was chosen, notified, and confirmed. Congratulations, Laura in Illinois! When I learned about ...

just 1 book: author guest post--tara mcclintick (and book giveaway)
November 29, 2010 19 comments

just 1 book: author guest post–tara mcclintick (and book giveaway)

I’m so excited to share an especially interesting just 1 book guest post by a fellow educator and author, Tara McClintick.   Tara shares  the way that one book helped shape ...

trace, copy, recall--learn those spelling words!
November 8, 2010 15 comments

trace, copy, recall–learn those spelling words!

Maddy has been so proud of her spelling and word-learning progress over the last few weeks (and so are we!).  She really is borderline excited when I print out a ...

farm-full of rich vocabulary words
February 25, 2010 No Comment

farm-full of rich vocabulary words

I always cringe when I hear parents talking in baby voices and using baby words when interacting with their not-so-babyish children. Or other people’s not-so-babyish children, especially once those kiddos ...

high time for magazines!
October 1, 2009 41 comments

high time for magazines!

Having had the opportunity to take part in the Highlights Magazine’s “State of the Kid” press conference yesterday, I was inspired to take our normal, everyday magazine reading a step ...