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the rainbow loom: 5 reasons kids need it and parents love it
September 4, 2013 21 comments

the rainbow loom: 5 reasons kids need it and parents love it

Join over 5,000+ subscribers who receive fun, free ideas for making learning FUN and meaningful each week!     We are loving–and I mean loving–the Rainbow Loom. We’re bracelet-making, ring-wearing, ...

school RULES! super-silly lunchbox joke notes
August 24, 2013 2 comments

school RULES! super-silly lunchbox joke notes

    It has been such an amazing summer.  I am desperately, terribly, incredibly sad to see it go. But here we are.  Marching forward. At my kids’ request, I ...

back-to-school shopping: the secret to keeping kids happy AND parents happy
August 16, 2013 No Comment

back-to-school shopping: the secret to keeping kids happy AND parents happy

Back-to-School shopping can be crazy, stressful, and anxiety-producing for kids and parents alike. But there are a few things we can do to make this annual event lighter, easier, and ...

how to help kids choose just right books
July 2, 2013 4 comments

how to help kids choose just right books

It’s hard to watch a child struggle trying to read a book that is too difficult, especially when the kiddo is adamant about plowing through it.  Whether the struggles be ...

how to host a summer reading book swap event
June 25, 2013 No Comment

how to host a summer reading book swap event

Summer is almost in full swing, and for our family, there’s no better way to begin our summer fun than with a Summer Reading Kick-Off Party! Each year, we invite ...

5 ideas for sneaky learning and backyard fun
June 21, 2013 No Comment

5 ideas for sneaky learning and backyard fun

Hip, hip hooray! Summer is here! The weather has been absolutely gorgeous for us—not too hot and not too cool. It’s the spring we always seem to miss here in ...

smart summer fun ideas: 2013 calendar
June 13, 2013 1 comment

smart summer fun ideas: 2013 calendar

Hard to believe that in just a few days my kids will no longer be third, first, and Kindergartners and will instead be fourth, second, and first graders! UN-believable. Maddy ...

target school library makeovers:  what they are and why you should care
June 8, 2013 2 comments

target school library makeovers: what they are and why you should care

    Maybe you’ve heard or maybe you haven’t, but Target is big on giving back to the community. So big they’re on track to give $1 billion to education ...

top 10 ways to talk to kids about books
June 7, 2013 No Comment

top 10 ways to talk to kids about books

Sometimes it’s all we can do to just read with our kids. And honestly? That counts.  Big time.  So we should be happy if we’re reading with our kids. Woot! ...

give words as a gift: word conscious kids use wordle
June 4, 2013 2 comments

give words as a gift: word conscious kids use wordle

It’s that time of year again, when the fliers start coming around collecting money for teacher gifts.  And collecting for teachers’ gifts–on top of other household expenses–can really put a ...

digital and hand-drawn bookmarks: modern kid masterpieces
May 29, 2013 No Comment

digital and hand-drawn bookmarks: modern kid masterpieces

The Washington Post’s KidsPost is hosting a bookmark design contest for its Summer Book Club. So between shoving Cheerios and oj in their faces at breakfast on Tuesday, Maddy, Owen, ...