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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 ...

how to write limericks for loved ones
May 11, 2013 No Comment

how to write limericks for loved ones

    Who knew that National Limerick Day was May 12? It’s true.  National Limerick Day is celebrated on May 12 to honor Edward Lear, the creator of limericks. May ...

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 ...

reading tips and more: scholastic raise a reader blog
April 15, 2013 1 comment

reading tips and more: scholastic raise a reader blog

It’s been an incredibly exciting 2013 so far, with all of the awesome going on over at we teach and the sweet redesign over here at teach mama. But another ...

how to use iPad notes for quick, fun interviews
April 4, 2013 2 comments

how to use iPad notes for quick, fun interviews

We’ve been biting our nails over here, waiting for a new baby to come and slowly moving back into school mode after Spring Break. As Maddy, Owen, and Cora are ...

raising girls who rock the world: books, motivation, and more
March 8, 2013 8 comments

raising girls who rock the world: books, motivation, and more

Raising kids–kids who are strong and confident and smart and happy and kind–is a job that I take very seriously. But I especially think that raising girls who are strong ...

read across america day EVERY day of the year
March 1, 2013 1 comment

read across america day EVERY day of the year

It’s Read Across America Day!  Only something that everyone’s been talking about for days and days and days and days now, but don’t worry if you’re already in your pj’s ...

why I don't love dr. seuss: but 3 reasons I should
February 26, 2013 63 comments

why I don’t love dr. seuss: but 3 reasons I should

Confession: I don’t love Dr. Seuss. I don’t, and I haven’t, and I won’t. So there. I said it. Only a few people know my true Dr. Seuss feelings because, ...

partner match: cool game for questioning, thinking, chatting, moving, and more
January 30, 2013 4 comments

partner match: cool game for questioning, thinking, chatting, moving, and more

It’s not easy to find games that get kids up and moving, engaged, excited, and thinking, but Partner Match is a winner in our book. And the cool thing about ...

listen to what kids are saying: highlights state of the kid report
January 25, 2013 6 comments

listen to what kids are saying: highlights state of the kid report

One thing I love about Highlights is that they listen to kids. They read every single letter sent to them. Over 50,000 letters are sent to Highlights each year, and ...

strategies for handling sad, tragic news--as a family
December 15, 2012 11 comments

strategies for handling sad, tragic news–as a family

Today, my heart is heavy with the news of the shooting in Newtown, Conneticut, and though I am not at all close to the area and though I do not ...