environmental print

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 ...

street signs for early literacy and math skill building
September 28, 2013 No Comment

street signs for early literacy and math skill building

I’ve shared time and again the importance of using what is around you–environmental print–for early literacy and math skill-building. Signs are everywhere, and they’re free. And they can really help ...

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 ...

quick trick: have a. . . placemat party!
September 16, 2011 12 comments

quick trick: have a. . . placemat party!

Every. Single. Day. We’re rocking a Placemat Party over here. At breakfast. At lunch. And at dinners at the kitchen table (because the kitchen table is so less fancy than ...

back-to-school shopping with three crazy-cool kids
August 15, 2011 3 comments

back-to-school shopping with three crazy-cool kids

After our crazy-successful Smart Summer Challenge, I needed a little week-long offline vay-cay to say the least! Our Smart Summer Challenge was a smashing success (woo-hoo!), but blogging daily for ...

breakfast time reading: cereal boxes and more
July 21, 2011 3 comments

breakfast time reading: cereal boxes and more

It all started with Gorilla Munch, and it ended with a ton of reading about adopting gorillas, thanks to a box of cereal and three curious kids. Sure, we’re doing ...

adding practice with street sign math
July 29, 2010 1 comment

adding practice with street sign math

Today, we hit the road a bit, to a new-for-us library to hang out with some friends and learn about 4-H and county fairs and then to (our fave!) Ikea ...

beach bingo-- fun in the car and at the shore
July 15, 2010 1 comment

beach bingo– fun in the car and at the shore

Woo-hoo! Nothing like spending a long weekend at the beach, especially when the trip only takes a few hours. We didn’t even think for a second to let the rainy ...

getting a little sneaky with literacy
March 8, 2010 No Comment

getting a little sneaky with literacy

Too many times, parents think that in order to support their children’s developing literacy skills, they have to sit down with a book on their laps, read through the entire ...

travel bingo
July 2, 2009 13 comments

travel bingo

Maddy, Owen, Cora, and I have been in Pennsylvania for the last few days so that I could say goodbye to the father of one of my best friends while ...

let's read, baby, read!
March 24, 2009 3 comments

let’s read, baby, read!

March is National Reading Month, since March 2 marks the birthday of Dr. Seuss (Theodor Geisel was born on March 2, 1904). I am an admitted not-so-big Dr. Seuss fan, ...