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3 cool kids, 3 cool books: what we're reading now
November 23, 2013 4 comments

3 cool kids, 3 cool books: what we’re reading now

    It’s hard to find books that work for your kids. I totally get it. So every so often, I’m going to share 3 cool kids, 3 cool books: ...

best gifts for kids and families 2013: teachmama's picks
November 20, 2013 3 comments

best gifts for kids and families 2013: teachmama’s picks

    I’m always surprised when the holiday catalogs roll around at how many new toys hit the shelves each year. It’s a wonder that any of us are able ...

important early literacy terms that every parent needs to know
November 17, 2013 14 comments

important early literacy terms that every parent needs to know

Originally posted on ABC & 123, 4/05/10 & on teachmama.com on 5/10/10.  Sharing again because. . . well, it’s totally worth your read. ————— We, as parents and our children’s ...

top 2 insider secrets for motivating your kids to read
November 16, 2013 6 comments

top 2 insider secrets for motivating your kids to read

Every parent hopes that their kids grow up to be readers, right? Sure above all, we hope our kids grow to be happy, law-abiding, well-adjusted human beings, but beyond that, ...

screen time cards for digital kids: easy tool for monitoring screen time
November 8, 2013 9 comments

screen time cards for digital kids: easy tool for monitoring screen time

    My digital kids have been using Game Time Cards for the last few years, and it’s been a huge, huge, HUGE help in keeping their screen time in ...

quick and easy halloween ghost cookies
October 22, 2013 No Comment

quick and easy halloween ghost cookies

October has been an incredibly busy month for us, with me finishing up two classes on top of all of my other normal work. However, our crazy schedule isn’t stopping ...

teach kids to be smart, strong, and safe: the safety show
October 18, 2013 4 comments

teach kids to be smart, strong, and safe: the safety show

    Talking big topics with your kids is sometimes so hard. Especially if you’re as emotional a person as I am. But as our kids get older, these conversations ...

recipe reading (and cookie-eating)
October 8, 2013 2 comments

recipe reading (and cookie-eating)

    This post was originally published on December 12, 2009, but as I searched for our Iced Pumpkin Spice Cookie recipe, I found this oldie but goodie and realized ...

math and writing: ten apples up on top
September 30, 2013 1 comment

math and writing: ten apples up on top

    The following guest post is written by Jackie Higgins, of Ready-Set-Read. Jackie is a great friend and longtime we teach member, now a member of the we teach ...

when talking to teachers: 5 tips for parents
September 14, 2013 8 comments

when talking to teachers: 5 tips for parents

As a writer for Scholastic Parents’ Raise a Reader blog, I’m always surprised at what sparks the most conversation among readers. I recently wrote Talking to Teachers: What Every Parent ...

put an end to hunger in america: get the whole family involved
September 10, 2013 3 comments

put an end to hunger in america: get the whole family involved

I’ve thought long and hard about how to get my family involved in helping to end hunger in America, knowing that all around us–in DC Metro suburban community–people are hungry. ...