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learning to spell contractions: sneaky games and play
February 22, 2012 3 comments

learning to spell contractions: sneaky games and play

We were so thankful for the gorgeous three-day weekend to slowly get us back on track and to allow us to (kind of) regain control over the mess that had ...

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: #9 -- building words, names
January 4, 2012 No Comment

best of teach mama countdown: #9 — building words, names

This post, which rolls in at #9, continues to surprise me with the amount of hits it gets. Maybe it’s the title: word building, name building (and crossing the line). ...

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 ...

family names: reading and writing the ones we love
November 21, 2011 9 comments

family names: reading and writing the ones we love

Homework time is still a really important part of our day, especially now that Owen’s in Kindergarten and Maddy’s second grade work is picking up. And I really try my ...

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 ...

window writing: spelling word and letter practice
September 28, 2011 11 comments

window writing: spelling word and letter practice

Who knew that window writing would be so much fun? Maddy has been window-writing for the last few weeks to study her spelling words, and Cora has jumped on board ...

meeting new teachers: hello, teacher notes!
August 16, 2011 11 comments

meeting new teachers: hello, teacher notes!

Today we spent a few minutes doing one of our favorite back-to-school activities–one that gives my kiddos a chance to say a little ‘hello’ to their teachers even before they ...

making writing fun with a mini-me collage
June 28, 2011 7 comments

making writing fun with a mini-me collage

Today, after lunch and before we went back to the pool for the afternoon, I hit the craft room with Maddy, Owen, and Cora to do something I always loved ...

a game for practicing spelling, sight words, or letters: WORDO!
May 26, 2011 15 comments

a game for practicing spelling, sight words, or letters: WORDO!

With the end of the school year quickly approaching, we’re all getting antsy for summer. So I’ve had to be super crafty during our work time in order to keep ...

wordfeud, words with friends and word-building with kids
April 23, 2011 8 comments

wordfeud, words with friends and word-building with kids

My game-guy Owen has recently fallen hard for a game I’m currently all wrapped up in–Wordfeud.  It’s the same deal (I think) as Words With Friends, and it’s an app ...