non-fiction

reading informational text and crafting: easy, beautiful jewelry-making
January 29, 2014 No Comment

reading informational text and crafting: easy, beautiful jewelry-making

      One of the things that my kids love to do is crafts, so when Melissa & Doug came out with the Art Activity books, I was sold. ...

budgie and parakeet fun fact lunchbox notes: help kids find reliable sources online
May 22, 2013 4 comments

budgie and parakeet fun fact lunchbox notes: help kids find reliable sources online

We are now the proud owners of two budgies. Or parakeets. Or budgerigars. Two budgies.  Two boys (we hope!). Right. Apparently, all budgies are parakeets but not all parakeets are ...

cars 2: what you should do before you see the movie
June 29, 2011 20 comments

cars 2: what you should do before you see the movie

Ka-CHOW! Have plans to see Cars 2 anytime this summer? Want to know how you can throw in a little bit of learning–and I mean a little bit–before you hit ...

making connections with nonfiction texts (and our new turtle friend)
April 28, 2011 10 comments

making connections with nonfiction texts (and our new turtle friend)

Between the insane weather we’ve been experiencing over here (tornadoes! wind gusts! rain, rain, and more rain–and then the next second–sun!?), we’ve had some really cool outside learning going on ...

talking to kids about the earthquake and tsunami in japan
March 15, 2011 5 comments

talking to kids about the earthquake and tsunami in japan

Because we read the newspaper each day at breakfast, and because Maddy and Owen are becoming much more literate as their reading skills grow, we’ve had to handle last week’s ...

an everyday nonfiction: newspaper reading
March 9, 2010 No Comment

an everyday nonfiction: newspaper reading

Just like many families who incorporate book-reading into bedtime routines, my kiddos find breakfast time is a time for newspaper reading. Newspaper reading is a natural, easy way to incorporate ...

asking the heart questions
January 13, 2010 No Comment

asking the heart questions

This morning at breakfast, before we even had a chance to check out Maddy’s kindergarten calendar or talk about the weather, an article in The Kids Post had us practicing ...