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how to make summer reading FUN for your kids
June 20, 2012 7 comments

how to make summer reading FUN for your kids

For many children, summer reading is not a big deal. They’re readers by nature, so the task of reading ten books–or more–is a simple pleasure.  For others, however, summer reading ...

summer fun cards: making the most of our summer
June 19, 2012 9 comments

summer fun cards: making the most of our summer

One of our most favorite parts of summer is making our Summer Fun Cards. We’ve made them for the past three years, and each year I’m thrilled that each year ...

everyday journals: creative, thoughtful daily activities for kids
June 13, 2012 21 comments

everyday journals: creative, thoughtful daily activities for kids

This week, we officially began our Smart Summer 2012, a summer filled with fun learning, focused and free days, and a whole lot of flexibility–everything I think families need if ...

what to do with children's artwork
June 6, 2012 8 comments

what to do with children’s artwork

This time of the year, I always seem to be drowning in my kids’ artwork. The nifty system of organization I started in September has long expired, and piles of ...

free summertime learning eBook: ways to make summer learning FUN!
June 1, 2012 3 comments

free summertime learning eBook: ways to make summer learning FUN!

Finally. . . it’s here! A free summertime learning eBook created by the amazingly talented members of we teach, packed with ways that any parent can make summer learning F-U-N! ...

new for us friday: the red apple taste test
May 18, 2012 6 comments

new for us friday: the red apple taste test

This New For Us Friday we’re sharing a simple—but fun!—experiment of sorts. It’s a little ‘learning-in-the-kitchen’ meets ‘science experiment’ meets ‘problem-solver’, all in the name of those round and juicy ...

5 easy ways to raise earth-friendly kids
April 20, 2012 20 comments

5 easy ways to raise earth-friendly kids

Really, nothing about raising kids is easy. I so know this to be true.   I think I’m pretty honest about my own on-the-job struggles, and most people I talk ...

150 things for kids to do
March 23, 2012 26 comments

150 things for kids to do

I’ve been in dire need of a little Quick Trick to hand Owen when he says, I’m bored. What can I do? My usual responses: Oh, I’m so happy you’re ...

learning to spell contractions: sneaky games and play
February 22, 2012 3 comments

learning to spell contractions: sneaky games and play

We were so thankful for the gorgeous three-day weekend to slowly get us back on track and to allow us to (kind of) regain control over the mess that had ...

learning in the every day: classic, creative play (and melissa & doug giveaway!)
January 10, 2012 97 comments

learning in the every day: classic, creative play (and melissa & doug giveaway!)

As much as I am an advocate of parents being teachers for their children and helping their kiddos to build a solid foundation for learning waaaay before those children walk ...

best of teach mama countdown: #6 -- learning with recyclables
January 7, 2012 No Comment

best of teach mama countdown: #6 — learning with recyclables

One of these days I’m going to share where and how we store the recyclables that we manage to save from the big blue bin over here. But until then, ...