writing

turn your kids into grammar sharks: national grammar day
March 4, 2014 No Comment

turn your kids into grammar sharks: national grammar day

I have been as sick as a dog–sick as a dawwwwg– for the past few days, but today I had a little spring in my step because it was National ...

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 ...

kid-happy, pet-inspired poetry writing: haiku and cinquain
January 23, 2014 No Comment

kid-happy, pet-inspired poetry writing: haiku and cinquain

      We’ve been dumped on. Big time. Tons of snow has kept us indoors for the last few days, save from the few hours we’ve spent freezing our ...

pet poetry contest: calling all creative kids!
January 20, 2014 2 comments

pet poetry contest: calling all creative kids!

      As a longtime friend of PAL, Pets Add Life, I’m happy to share news about a cool opportunity for our students, teachers, and parents. Now through January 31, ...

teaching left handed kids to write: grasp, stages, positioning
October 8, 2013 8 comments

teaching left handed kids to write: grasp, stages, positioning

    The following guest post is written by Christie Kiley. Christie has the job I find amazing and awe-inspiring: an Occupational Therapist.  The work of these professionals is absolutely ...

getting kids to stop, observe and write
July 22, 2012 2 comments

getting kids to stop, observe and write

Our Everyday Journal cards have proven to be a really incredible—and sneaky—way of getting the kids focused and thinking in a way that I’m not sure they’d be willing to ...

chalk paint graffiti: a happy welcome home
July 5, 2012 3 comments

chalk paint graffiti: a happy welcome home

Last summer, Maddy came home from an overnight at her Aunt Mary’s house dancing and singing about how Aunt Mary taught her to use chalk. Knowing that Aunt Mary IS ...

creative writing for kids: photo conversations
June 25, 2012 2 comments

creative writing for kids: photo conversations

Getting kids to write–especially in the summertime–is not an easy task. Granted, for some kiddos, writing is their thing. They journal, write stories, text, (maybe even blog!) without a bit ...

everyday journals: creative, thoughtful daily activities for kids
June 13, 2012 21 comments

everyday journals: creative, thoughtful daily activities for kids

This week, we officially began our Smart Summer 2012, a summer filled with fun learning, focused and free days, and a whole lot of flexibility–everything I think families need if ...

learning with pet poetry (& fun giveaway!)
February 9, 2012 52 comments

learning with pet poetry (& fun giveaway!)

We love our pooch, we really do. Sure, sometimes I say things to him that I wish I didn’t.   No, Maddy, I  promise we’ll never give Brady away, I promise. ...

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 ...