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raising word conscious kids: a chat with Mando and Rosita of Sesame Street
May 16, 2013 1 comment

raising word conscious kids: a chat with Mando and Rosita of Sesame Street

I can’t stress enough the importance of raising word-conscious kids. Words are everywhere, all around us. Why not capitalize on the learning opportunities available to us everywhere we turn? If ...

nursery rhymes old and new: listening, learning and comparing
April 24, 2013 6 comments

nursery rhymes old and new: listening, learning and comparing

We’re on a crazy nursery rhyme kick over here. But instead of sticking to our more modern nursery rhyme poems and calling it a day, we branched out a bit ...

helping kids use PowerPoint for presentations and serious learning fun
March 20, 2013 3 comments

helping kids use PowerPoint for presentations and serious learning fun

It’s Spring Fair time, Science Share time, Reader’s Tea, Poetry Share, and International Night time at schools all around the country. Kids are sharing their learning, and they’re learning about ...

our digital kids: teaching, supporting, and parenting 21st century learners
March 11, 2013 5 comments

our digital kids: teaching, supporting, and parenting 21st century learners

It’s no secret that we’re raising children in a totally different world than the one we knew as kids. Gone are the days of letting kids run as free birds ...

fab kids' app: interactive books, music, & more (& iPad mini giveaway!)
February 22, 2013 184 comments

fab kids’ app: interactive books, music, & more (& iPad mini giveaway!)

I’ve looked at dozens and dozens and dozens of kids’ apps in recent months. Many? Kinda cool. A handful? Pretty rough around the edges. Some? Pretty darn fabulous and really, ...

how to make silent reading more meaningful
January 16, 2013 13 comments

how to make silent reading more meaningful

Silent reading can–and should–be a meaningful, rich, awesome experience for kids. And parents can–and should–be able to support their young readers at home, just by keeping a few important things ...

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 ...

digital wellness: keeping your whole family tech-healthy
November 16, 2012 7 comments

digital wellness: keeping your whole family tech-healthy

Flu season is right around the corner. Spend five minutes in any elementary or preschool, and you’ll hear a chorus of coughs, sneezes, and nose-blowing.  Or worse. We often give ...

pretzel patterns: learning during snacktime
November 15, 2012 3 comments

pretzel patterns: learning during snacktime

It’s been crazy over here for the past few weeks, with nutty, awful weather, with colds and stomach bugs, lots of late meetings, and lots of end-of-season hurrahs. So our ...

make time to rhyme: rhyme games for bigger kids
September 10, 2012 3 comments

make time to rhyme: rhyme games for bigger kids

We’ve talked about the importance of rhyme many times in the past, but I feel like as Maddy and Owen have gotten older, I’ve really slacked when it’s come to ...

3 quick, hands-on, totally cool math games
August 20, 2012 11 comments

3 quick, hands-on, totally cool math games

Every summer, our school hands out summer packets–worksheets upon worksheets with ways that parents can continue the learning all summer long. And among the worksheets are ideas that incorporate learning ...