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target school library makeovers:  what they are and why you should care
June 8, 2013 2 comments

target school library makeovers: what they are and why you should care

    Maybe you’ve heard or maybe you haven’t, but Target is big on giving back to the community. So big they’re on track to give $1 billion to education ...

top 10 ways to talk to kids about books
June 7, 2013 No Comment

top 10 ways to talk to kids about books

Sometimes it’s all we can do to just read with our kids. And honestly? That counts.  Big time.  So we should be happy if we’re reading with our kids. Woot! ...

give words as a gift: word conscious kids use wordle
June 4, 2013 2 comments

give words as a gift: word conscious kids use wordle

It’s that time of year again, when the fliers start coming around collecting money for teacher gifts.  And collecting for teachers’ gifts–on top of other household expenses–can really put a ...

high-interest reading: the skylanders book series
May 26, 2013 9 comments

high-interest reading: the skylanders book series

    My boy loves his Skylanders. So much so that if given the chance, his recipe for a life of pure happiness would be: Skylanders + soccer + more ...

budgie and parakeet fun fact lunchbox notes: help kids find reliable sources online
May 22, 2013 4 comments

budgie and parakeet fun fact lunchbox notes: help kids find reliable sources online

We are now the proud owners of two budgies. Or parakeets. Or budgerigars. Two budgies.  Two boys (we hope!). Right. Apparently, all budgies are parakeets but not all parakeets are ...

how to help your child remember what he reads
May 20, 2013 2 comments

how to help your child remember what he reads

Some children are able to easily read the words on a page but cannot remember a lick of what they read. Believe it. Whole paragraphs, pages, chapters can sometimes decoded–words ...

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 get your kids started with texting: texting 101
May 14, 2013 4 comments

how to get your kids started with texting: texting 101

    Texting is big. For tweens, it’s really big.  It’s like the coolest thing ever. And everyone is doing it (or so they think), and so Maddy has asked ...

5 ways to get your kids psyched for summer reading
May 5, 2013 5 comments

5 ways to get your kids psyched for summer reading

Believe it—summer is around the corner.  Woo-hoo! Around the corner!  As in like just a few weeks away!  It’s May! Pools open in May. Weather warms in May.  Swim team ...

3 all-time best games to play with sight words
May 2, 2013 2 comments

3 all-time best games to play with sight words

What games do you play with sight words? Sight words are words that we all need to be able to read quickly and automatically in order to be strong readers, ...

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 ...