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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 ...

reading, reciting, and memorizing poems
August 7, 2013 No Comment

reading, reciting, and memorizing poems

    For our tabletop surprise today, we rocked some major poetry. Knowing that poetry reading is sometimes less intimidating than reading other texts and knowing that right now my ...

creative hands-on learning for kids: tabletop surprises
August 4, 2013 4 comments

creative hands-on learning for kids: tabletop surprises

    Tabletop Surprises have been a saving grace for us this summer. Quick and easy learning on my kids’ own time.  They’re digging it. This week we incorporated some ...

math, literacy, and creative summer learning: tabletop surprises
July 28, 2013 2 comments

math, literacy, and creative summer learning: tabletop surprises

We’re week three into our tabletop surprises, and this week, we rocked some sneaky math, literacy, and creative thinking. The kids woke up to some easy activities and ones that ...

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 ...

how to help kids chose just right books
July 2, 2013 4 comments

how to help kids chose just right books

It’s hard to watch a child struggle trying to read a book that is too difficult, especially when the kiddo is adamant about plowing through it.  Whether the struggles be ...

kid-friendly july 4th treat: flag cake
June 28, 2013 No Comment

kid-friendly july 4th treat: flag cake

One of our favorite summertime traditions involves sweets (big surprise). Every year for as long as I can remember, the kids and I have made a July 4th flag cake.  ...

how to host a summer reading book swap event
June 25, 2013 No Comment

how to host a summer reading book swap event

Summer is almost in full swing, and for our family, there’s no better way to begin our summer fun than with a Summer Reading Kick-Off Party! Each year, we invite ...

3 for real things you should do with your kids this summer
June 16, 2013 2 comments

3 for real things you should do with your kids this summer

Emails and magazines and pinterest and facebook and twitter and the newspaper are all chock full o’ great and crazy ideas for parents right now, and I’ll be honest–I’m overwhelmed. ...

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 ...