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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 ...

put an end to hunger in america: get the whole family involved
September 10, 2013 3 comments

put an end to hunger in america: get the whole family involved

I’ve thought long and hard about how to get my family involved in helping to end hunger in America, knowing that all around us–in DC Metro suburban community–people are hungry. ...

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 ...

independent learning, poetry and play: tabletop surprises
August 11, 2013 No Comment

independent learning, poetry and play: tabletop surprises

    The greatest thing about tabletop surprises is that they afford my kids the opportunity for some seriously fun independent learning in cool and creative ways. Because learning–especially in ...

soap dough, soap molds, crazy cool fun with soap
July 26, 2013 4 comments

soap dough, soap molds, crazy cool fun with soap

    What happens when you put a bar of Ivory soap in the microwave? Really. Ivory soap. Plain ole sweet-smelling, plain-jane white bar o’ Ivory soap? In the microwave. ...

learn and play independently: tabletop surprises week 2
July 20, 2013 No Comment

learn and play independently: tabletop surprises week 2

    One rockin thing about tabletop surprises is that kids can learn and play independently. On their own time, when they’re up for it. And that flexibility has been ...

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, ...

foam dough: serious rainy day indoor fun
July 11, 2013 1 comment

foam dough: serious rainy day indoor fun

I’m all about trying new and exciting things with my kids, and today’s activity is no different. Totally strange, completely weird. Absolutely new for us. I went on a whim ...

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 ...

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 ...

how to create a cool, kid-friendly book nook
June 9, 2013 9 comments

how to create a cool, kid-friendly book nook

Every home should have a cozy spot reserved for reading. Call it what you want–a Book Nook, Reading Corner, Big Book Chair, whatever–but with a few key pieces, your home ...