Blog Archives

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 ...

classic toys with an educational spin: melissa & doug at toy fair 2013
February 15, 2013 5 comments

classic toys with an educational spin: melissa & doug at toy fair 2013

I practically just walked in the door from spending several days in New York City for one of the world’s largest toy events—Toy Fair. And though my feet are sore ...

high school basketball games: why families should go
February 8, 2013 3 comments

high school basketball games: why families should go

Totally new-for-us this last month was something that I wish we would have done sooner, but I think our kids are finally at just-the-right age. Just like the ole days ...

partner match: cool game for questioning, thinking, chatting, moving, and more
January 30, 2013 4 comments

partner match: cool game for questioning, thinking, chatting, moving, and more

It’s not easy to find games that get kids up and moving, engaged, excited, and thinking, but Partner Match is a winner in our book. And the cool thing about ...

5 cool new ways to play with puzzles
January 14, 2013 19 comments

5 cool new ways to play with puzzles

      Many families have a handful of puzzles around the house, ranging from knob puzzles to jigsaws.  Baby puzzles and big-guy puzzles. And especially in the wintertime–or on ...

iPad apps: best apps for teaching, learning and fun
December 24, 2012 19 comments

iPad apps: best apps for teaching, learning and fun

Here it is–the long-awaited post that I promised months ago: iPad apps for teaching, learning, and fun. But what better day to share it than on a day when many–many!–families ...

how to help kids with articulation (you CAN help!)
December 6, 2012 16 comments

how to help kids with articulation (you CAN help!)

As an educator and parent, I’ve always had an ear for the way my kiddos learned language, spoke, and pronounced their words. Their articulation–they way they say words–has always been ...

teachmama's holiday gift guide for kids and family 2012
November 13, 2012 9 comments

teachmama’s holiday gift guide for kids and family 2012

I’m not a big gift-guide gal, and I’ve only ever created my first holiday gift guide for kids and families back in 2010.  And two years seems like forever ago. ...

Hidden Pictures: lunchbox notes
November 1, 2012 9 comments

Hidden Pictures: lunchbox notes

Halloween is over, so our joke notes are pushed to the wayside. Our wordless riddles are taking a break, and the troops are ready for some serious lunchtime fun before ...

halloween learning ideas -- silly and scary literacy, math, and science
October 13, 2012 6 comments

halloween learning ideas — silly and scary literacy, math, and science

Halloween is in the air, and though we’ve just gotten around to decorating our house, we never do a lot of scary Halloween over here. We always stick to the ...

geocaching: what it is & why we're hooked
September 17, 2012 45 comments

geocaching: what it is & why we’re hooked

Right now, we’re 2 for 6. That’s right–2/6. 2:6? And today we totally thought we had one, but we didn’t. We’ll masters by wintertime, after a fall of not worrying ...