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fractions with FOOD: hands-on math
April 6, 2014 No Comment

fractions with FOOD: hands-on math

This post about fun with food and fractions is written by Jen of Beyond Traditional Math. Hopefully after reading it, you’ll never look at food quite the same! Thank you, ...

money poems, money songs: fun ways to teach kids about money
February 10, 2014 4 comments

money poems, money songs: fun ways to teach kids about money

originally published on 5.14.10     Maddy’s been learning about money in school. Pennies, nickels, dimes–and she’s been talking 1′s, 5′s, and 10′s like nobody’s business. Add her big half-dollars ...

quick and easy addition game: finding addends
February 4, 2014 2 comments

quick and easy addition game: finding addends

Cora has really been into playing math games lately. That’s right. Math games. I love it. Like while Maddy and Owen are doing their homework, all my littlest one wants ...

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 ...

kid-happy, pet-inspired poetry writing: haiku and cinquain
January 23, 2014 No Comment

kid-happy, pet-inspired poetry writing: haiku and cinquain

      We’ve been dumped on. Big time. Tons of snow has kept us indoors for the last few days, save from the few hours we’ve spent freezing our ...

pet poetry contest: calling all creative kids!
January 20, 2014 2 comments

pet poetry contest: calling all creative kids!

      As a longtime friend of PAL, Pets Add Life, I’m happy to share news about a cool opportunity for our students, teachers, and parents. Now through January 31, ...

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 ...

word building, letter writing, stamping to spell
January 9, 2014 12 comments

word building, letter writing, stamping to spell

     Originally published on 2.23.11 but republished because it’s that important. During Maddy’s homework time yesterday, Owen had one task on  his mind: he wanted to write a get-well letter ...

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

how to help kids chose 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 ...

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! ...

how to help your child remember what he reads
May 20, 2013 2 comments

how to help your child remember what he reads

Some children are able to easily read the words on a page but cannot remember a lick of what they read. Believe it. Whole paragraphs, pages, chapters can sometimes decoded–words ...