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kids doing laundry: 3 secrets to success
March 25, 2014 14 comments

kids doing laundry: 3 secrets to success

      We are about six weeks into our laundry re-vamp, and things are going well. To be 100% honest, we have had some roadblocks.  A traveling weekend here ...

2 easy ways to teach reading at mealtime
March 18, 2014 No Comment

2 easy ways to teach reading at mealtime

Believe it. You can teach your kids how to read while you’re sitting down to breakfast. You can teach your kids to read while you’re making lunches. You can teach ...

teach kids to be stain fighters: laundry from start to finish
March 12, 2014 3 comments

teach kids to be stain fighters: laundry from start to finish

      I’ve been working with my friends from Whirlpool, sharing what we’re doing over here to teach our kids to do the laundry. In just a few short ...

lent ideas for kids and families
March 6, 2014 No Comment

lent ideas for kids and families

      Lent is here. And this year, rather than have Lent be a time when my kids complain and moan because they can’t have dessert every night, I ...

turn your kids into grammar sharks: national grammar day
March 4, 2014 No Comment

turn your kids into grammar sharks: national grammar day

I have been as sick as a dog–sick as a dawwwwg– for the past few days, but today I had a little spring in my step because it was National ...

teach your kids how to do laundry: become wash warriors
February 25, 2014 6 comments

teach your kids how to do laundry: become wash warriors

      My kids are learning how to do laundry. And they love it.  Love it. No joke. And I want to dance! At 10, 8, and 6 years ...

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 ...

25 ways to play with puzzles
January 24, 2014 No Comment

25 ways to play with puzzles

Get those puzzles out, my friends! It doesn’t matter if your kids are 2 or 12–puzzles are a super way of flexing those brain muscles, practicing fine motor skills, and ...

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 ...

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 ...