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reading informational text and crafting: easy, beautiful jewelry-making
January 29, 2014 No Comment

reading informational text and crafting: easy, beautiful jewelry-making

      One of the things that my kids love to do is crafts, so when Melissa & Doug came out with the Art Activity books, I was sold. ...

10 must-read multicultural children's books
January 27, 2014 7 comments

10 must-read multicultural children’s books

      Today is Multicultural Children’s Book Day, and we are celebrating diversity in children’s literature! Woo-hoo!  You better believe I’m all for it. Our kids must read a wide ...

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, ...

what to do when your kids find their
January 19, 2014 4 comments

what to do when your kids find their “passion”

The following guest post is written by A.J. Juliani, an author, teacher, and ‘learning addict’.   A.J. is a K-12 Technology Educator who believes in #20time and #geniushour. He’s a father ...

how every family should celebrate martin luther king, jr day
January 17, 2014 1 comment

how every family should celebrate martin luther king, jr day

    I love the idea of doing some sort of service project for the community to honor Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy.  Imagine how great the world would be ...

game design for kids: innovation and creativity with #intelAIO
January 14, 2014 2 comments

game design for kids: innovation and creativity with #intelAIO

My kids have long been interested in electronics and technology, but only recently have they been interested in trying their hand at game design. Right. As in my kids, 10, ...

summarizing: at-home practice of a super-important reading skill
January 13, 2014 1 comment

summarizing: at-home practice of a super-important reading skill

    The other day, Maddy came home with not necessarily a homework assignment but a challenge from her fourth grade teacher: find the story of Prometheus and explain the ...

advanced learners: 8 ways to support them at home
January 12, 2014 6 comments

advanced learners: 8 ways to support them at home

The following guest post is written by Natalie, of Afterschool for Smarty Pants.   Natalie shares ways she enriches her daughter’s learning at home, after school.  Check it out. —————————— As ...

how to keep your family sane during a kitchen renovation
January 7, 2014 4 comments

how to keep your family sane during a kitchen renovation

    It’s been pretty quiet on the blog for the last few weeks, but it’s been insanely busy on the home front. We’re undergoing a major kitchen renovation. Combining ...

books as gifts: holiday ideas for kids
December 20, 2013 No Comment

books as gifts: holiday ideas for kids

    For any occasion, books are my go-to gift. From baby showers to birthdays, graduations from preschool or highschool, for well-wishing or comfort-giving, books are a rockstar way to ...

make a veggie turkey: kid-happy, thanksgiving dinner-ready
November 25, 2013 2 comments

make a veggie turkey: kid-happy, thanksgiving dinner-ready

It’s no secret that I have kids who usually love to be in the kitchen–whether it’s trying a new food or helping with a new recipe, my kiddos are usually ...