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daniel tiger's neighborhood: quality programming for preschoolers
August 24, 2012 79 comments

daniel tiger’s neighborhood: quality programming for preschoolers

When something seems bad, turn it around. . .                           . . . and find something good. I like it. And I know my kids would love it too–and even ...

what to do after kids learn their abc's: next steps to reading
July 17, 2012 34 comments

what to do after kids learn their abc’s: next steps to reading

Many parents know that their children need to learn the letters of the alphabet, but what happens next? You’ve got a ton of alphabet books, you point the ABC’s when ...

10 fun ways of helping kids learn the abc's
June 28, 2012 8 comments

10 fun ways of helping kids learn the abc’s

It’s so easy for us to say we want our kids to learn the ABC’s and 123′s before kids hit Kindergarten, but how do we actually do it? Is there ...

words 3 ways: learning sight words for kindergarten
May 17, 2012 27 comments

words 3 ways: learning sight words for kindergarten

      Cora is totally into learning how to read, so I am seriously running with it. She wants to practice the sight words that were included in her ...

quick & easy grid games: concepts of print
May 2, 2012 5 comments

quick & easy grid games: concepts of print

It’s been a busy few days for us, but we’re slowly getting back to the routine, and it (gulp!) feels pretty good. Though boy oh boy do we miss Disney. ...

homemade alphabet book: get personal with the abc's
April 11, 2012 21 comments

homemade alphabet book: get personal with the abc’s

There’s been a ton of little things that we’ve done over here to help Maddy, Owen, and Cora learn the letters of the alphabet, but I have to say that ...

quick trick: take reading on the road
April 9, 2012 7 comments

quick trick: take reading on the road

A few weeks ago, I took the kids to Pennsylvania for the weekend–another solo trip and one I’ve done dozens of times before. But what I realized is that the ...

learning during read-alouds: what IS reading?
March 22, 2012 5 comments

learning during read-alouds: what IS reading?

So. . . what IS reading? Is it the ability to read a single word on a page? Is it the ability to read every single word on a page? ...

favorite things book: an easy, little book of all things happy
February 19, 2012 4 comments

favorite things book: an easy, little book of all things happy

It has been  tough go for us over here for the last few weeks. Maddy, Owen, Cora, Brady–everyone–has unfortunately felt the ‘funk’ that I conveyed throughout the last weeks, especially ...

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 ...