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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 ...

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 ...

how every family can start the school year off right
August 31, 2012 13 comments

how every family can start the school year off right

Several years ago, I wrote about how to make the school year a smashing success, or. . . actually how to make the school year as successful as humanly possible. ...

wordless riddles: silly lunchbox notes
August 29, 2012 16 comments

wordless riddles: silly lunchbox notes

When I asked Maddy, Owen, and Cora what they liked best for their lunchbox notes, I got three different answers. From Maddy: I want more jokes–not joke, jokes like knock-knocks ...

our super-special Kindergarten lunchbox love notes
August 27, 2012 4 comments

our super-special Kindergarten lunchbox love notes

One of my first, most distinct happy, happy memories was when I was six years old. I was eating my very first lunch out of my very first lunchbox, in ...

hello teacher notes: let kids connect with teachers
August 17, 2012 3 comments

hello teacher notes: let kids connect with teachers

Another one of our fave back-to-school traditions involves a little bit of writing, some decorating, and a wee bit of walking. Not much walking, really.  Just to the mailbox or ...

how to prepare your child for kindergarten -- summertime prep
August 2, 2012 32 comments

how to prepare your child for kindergarten — summertime prep

This time last summer, we were gearing up to send off my sweet boy to Kindergarten, and this year, it’s my baby’s turn. Cora will walk into those elementary school ...

words 3 ways: learning sight words for kindergarten
May 17, 2012 27 comments

words 3 ways: learning sight words for kindergarten

      Cora is totally into learning how to read, so I am seriously running with it. She wants to practice the sight words that were included in her ...

homemade alphabet book: get personal with the abc's
April 11, 2012 21 comments

homemade alphabet book: get personal with the abc’s

There’s been a ton of little things that we’ve done over here to help Maddy, Owen, and Cora learn the letters of the alphabet, but I have to say that ...

learning during read-alouds: what IS reading?
March 22, 2012 5 comments

learning during read-alouds: what IS reading?

So. . . what IS reading? Is it the ability to read a single word on a page? Is it the ability to read every single word on a page? ...

number hunt 2.0: hide, seek, and name numbers!
March 20, 2012 8 comments

number hunt 2.0: hide, seek, and name numbers!

My sweet Cora has had some trouble with identifying numbers–especially those tricky teens. So I pulled out one of Maddy and Owen’s faves from a few years back, printed out ...