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why i heart my neighborhood toy store (and you should too!) *sponsored*
October 16, 2013 No Comment

why i heart my neighborhood toy store (and you should too!) *sponsored*

    I am a longtime fan of the neighborhood toy store. In fact, I can honestly say that I honest-to-goodness totally heart my neighborhood toy store. And I think ...

lego baseball: creative math game for kids, by kids
October 2, 2013 3 comments

lego baseball: creative math game for kids, by kids

    The following guest post is written by Heather Kauffman. Heather is a teacher and mom of three boys, a longtime we teach member, one of my dearest, closest ...

math, writing, STEM apps for kids: tabletop surprises
August 18, 2013 2 comments

math, writing, STEM apps for kids: tabletop surprises

    We’re close to the finish line here, and my heart is heavy. Though my own work is piling up by the second, the fun I’ve had with the ...

tabletop surprises: simple, summer learning fun
July 12, 2013 8 comments

tabletop surprises: simple, summer learning fun

    Summer is kicking us hard over here. Actually, swim and dive are kicking us hard over here, like always.  And at five weeks in, between meets, practices, relays, ...

summer fun cards of 2013
July 8, 2013 No Comment

summer fun cards of 2013

Every year for the last few years, we’ve rocked out our Summer Fun Cards in the first few weeks of the summer. We choose an afternoon, we gather markers and ...

driveway shuffleboard math
July 4, 2013 2 comments

driveway shuffleboard math

    It’s so funny how sometimes, sneaky learning shows up organically–completely unexpectedly–in our day. Driveway Shuffleboard Math is no exception. We were out front, enjoying a brief break in ...

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 ...

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 ...

5 super-fun ways to learn math facts
May 8, 2013 4 comments

5 super-fun ways to learn math facts

It’s actually hard for me to type this title after years and years and years of math drills that made my elementary-school head want to explode. Can learning math facts ...

3 all-time best games to play with sight words
May 2, 2013 2 comments

3 all-time best games to play with sight words

What games do you play with sight words? Sight words are words that we all need to be able to read quickly and automatically in order to be strong readers, ...

alphabet and reading on the road
February 18, 2013 5 comments

alphabet and reading on the road

The kids and I spent the weekend in Pennsylvania, showering my baby sister and her husband with love for their soon-to-be baby boy. Though we experienced a little more excitement ...