reading

2 easy ways to teach reading at mealtime
March 18, 2014 No Comment

2 easy ways to teach reading at mealtime

Believe it. You can teach your kids how to read while you’re sitting down to breakfast. You can teach your kids to read while you’re making lunches. You can teach ...

teach kids to be stain fighters: laundry from start to finish
March 12, 2014 3 comments

teach kids to be stain fighters: laundry from start to finish

      I’ve been working with my friends from Whirlpool, sharing what we’re doing over here to teach our kids to do the laundry. In just a few short ...

mcgraw-hill education and NCFL: spread the word campaign
February 28, 2014 1 comment

mcgraw-hill education and NCFL: spread the word campaign

    March is a super-exciting month as far as reading and literacy are concerned. There’s a lot of happy going on–a lot of happy. We’ve got Read Across America ...

celebrate creativity: PBS Kids writers contest for K-3
February 27, 2014 No Comment

celebrate creativity: PBS Kids writers contest for K-3

One of the greatest ways to get kids invested and interested in writing is to give them authentic reasons to write. When I was teaching high school, I kept a huge ...

black history month: resources for kids and families
February 8, 2014 No Comment

black history month: resources for kids and families

    We often talk about race in our home, but lately my kids have become more and more curious about the struggles that many so many groups have faced–African-Americans ...

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. ...

10 must-read multicultural children's books
January 27, 2014 7 comments

10 must-read multicultural children’s books

      Today is Multicultural Children’s Book Day, and we are celebrating diversity in children’s literature! Woo-hoo!  You better believe I’m all for it. Our kids must read a wide ...

summarizing: at-home practice of a super-important reading skill
January 13, 2014 1 comment

summarizing: at-home practice of a super-important reading skill

    The other day, Maddy came home with not necessarily a homework assignment but a challenge from her fourth grade teacher: find the story of Prometheus and explain the ...

3 cool kids, 3 cool books: what we're reading now
November 23, 2013 4 comments

3 cool kids, 3 cool books: what we’re reading now

    It’s hard to find books that work for your kids. I totally get it. So every so often, I’m going to share 3 cool kids, 3 cool books: ...

important early literacy terms that every parent needs to know
November 17, 2013 14 comments

important early literacy terms that every parent needs to know

Originally posted on ABC & 123, 4/05/10 & on teachmama.com on 5/10/10.  Sharing again because. . . well, it’s totally worth your read. ————— We, as parents and our children’s ...

top 2 insider secrets for motivating your kids to read
November 16, 2013 6 comments

top 2 insider secrets for motivating your kids to read

Every parent hopes that their kids grow up to be readers, right? Sure above all, we hope our kids grow to be happy, law-abiding, well-adjusted human beings, but beyond that, ...