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our happy face and flower valentines
January 19, 2013 2 comments

our happy face and flower valentines

originally published on 2/5/2010: —————— There’s something about creating homemade Valentines that makes my heart skip a beat. So as long as I’m able–and my kids are willing–I hope to ...

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 ...

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 ...

the papaya: totally new for our family fruit
January 12, 2013 20 comments

the papaya: totally new for our family fruit

We are always looking for new and exciting things to try over here, and this week, though it may seem boring, normal, average and everyday to your family, we tried ...

how to make a candy wreath
December 14, 2012 6 comments

how to make a candy wreath

One of my favorite challenges is finding a craft that doubles both as a fun family activity and a gift–especially during this crazy busy but totally festive time of year. ...

practice reading, speaking, and thinking: an app for connecting
December 11, 2012 8 comments

practice reading, speaking, and thinking: an app for connecting

I’ve spent most of my adult life on a quest for a magical something that will help bridge the distance between my home here in Maryland and my home in ...

kids baking for a cause: Shot@Life #blog4cause, week 2
November 17, 2012 4 comments

kids baking for a cause: Shot@Life #blog4cause, week 2

Week three has come and gone of our #blog4cause campaign, and we couldn’t be more thrilled at our participation! We know that as we move further into the holiday season, ...

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 ...

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. ...

water bead free play: relaxing, soothing, & so totally worth it
October 20, 2012 3 comments

water bead free play: relaxing, soothing, & so totally worth it

During the school year, my kids are tired. Their days are long, the nights are short, and quite frankly, they’re just tired. Add an afternoon activity one or two days ...

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 ...