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nursery rhymes: powerful poems for fluency and more
April 21, 2013 3 comments

nursery rhymes: powerful poems for fluency and more

April is National Poetry Month! Did you know that? It is, and it’s not too late to jump in on the celebration! We have been doing little things over here ...

reading tips and more: scholastic raise a reader blog
April 15, 2013 1 comment

reading tips and more: scholastic raise a reader blog

It’s been an incredibly exciting 2013 so far, with all of the awesome going on over at we teach and the sweet redesign over here at teach mama. But another ...

5 min reading tricks for raising rockstar readers
March 17, 2013 1 comment

5 min reading tricks for raising rockstar readers

It’s here. My first eBook on reading and literacy and all that stuff I really, really love. And I’m totally psyched. 5 min reading tricks for raising rockstar readers. There ...

read across america week: resources GALORE!
February 25, 2013 1 comment

read across america week: resources GALORE!

One of the reading and literacy world’s biggest months is just around the corner, so we’re kicking it off with a fantabulous twitter event–and we want you to join us! ...

iPad apps: best apps for teaching, learning and fun
December 24, 2012 19 comments

iPad apps: best apps for teaching, learning and fun

Here it is–the long-awaited post that I promised months ago: iPad apps for teaching, learning, and fun. But what better day to share it than on a day when many–many!–families ...

Hidden Pictures: lunchbox notes
November 1, 2012 9 comments

Hidden Pictures: lunchbox notes

Halloween is over, so our joke notes are pushed to the wayside. Our wordless riddles are taking a break, and the troops are ready for some serious lunchtime fun before ...

halloween learning ideas -- silly and scary literacy, math, and science
October 13, 2012 6 comments

halloween learning ideas — silly and scary literacy, math, and science

Halloween is in the air, and though we’ve just gotten around to decorating our house, we never do a lot of scary Halloween over here. We always stick to the ...

morning and evening reminders for kids: easy reader style
October 3, 2012 8 comments

morning and evening reminders for kids: easy reader style

Every day is a little bit different in our house—and everyone’s house. But deep down, we all thrive on consistency, on patterns, on schedules. I’ve always been a big fan ...

make time to rhyme: rhyme games for bigger kids
September 10, 2012 3 comments

make time to rhyme: rhyme games for bigger kids

We’ve talked about the importance of rhyme many times in the past, but I feel like as Maddy and Owen have gotten older, I’ve really slacked when it’s come to ...

target supports education: grants & programs that ROCK (+ giveaway!)
September 8, 2012 149 comments

target supports education: grants & programs that ROCK (+ giveaway!)

We all love Target. That’s nothing new, right? The sales rock. The clothes for kids–and adults!–rock. The Dollar Bins rock. The grocery items rock. Those cute brown boots I got last ...

wordless riddles: silly lunchbox notes
August 29, 2012 16 comments

wordless riddles: silly lunchbox notes

When I asked Maddy, Owen, and Cora what they liked best for their lunchbox notes, I got three different answers. From Maddy: I want more jokes–not joke, jokes like knock-knocks ...