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fab kids' app: interactive books, music, & more (& iPad mini giveaway!)
February 22, 2013 184 comments

fab kids’ app: interactive books, music, & more (& iPad mini giveaway!)

I’ve looked at dozens and dozens and dozens of kids’ apps in recent months. Many? Kinda cool. A handful? Pretty rough around the edges. Some? Pretty darn fabulous and really, ...

alphabet and reading on the road
February 18, 2013 5 comments

alphabet and reading on the road

The kids and I spent the weekend in Pennsylvania, showering my baby sister and her husband with love for their soon-to-be baby boy. Though we experienced a little more excitement ...

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 ...

how to make silent reading more meaningful
January 16, 2013 13 comments

how to make silent reading more meaningful

Silent reading can–and should–be a meaningful, rich, awesome experience for kids. And parents can–and should–be able to support their young readers at home, just by keeping a few important things ...

iPad apps: best apps for teaching, learning and fun
December 24, 2012 19 comments

iPad apps: best apps for teaching, learning and fun

Here it is–the long-awaited post that I promised months ago: iPad apps for teaching, learning, and fun. But what better day to share it than on a day when many–many!–families ...

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 ...

develop strong reading skills early: skimming vs reading
October 17, 2012 13 comments

develop strong reading skills early: skimming vs reading

I realized something recently that I should have noticed way before now. Actually, I had an idea about it, but I wasn’t really for sure for sure. One of my ...

national book festival 2012: why families need to go
October 15, 2012 1 comment

national book festival 2012: why families need to go

My favorite event of the year–the National Book Festival & Gala-was just a few weeks ago, and so many of my pals have asked why I love this event so ...

morning and evening reminders for kids: easy reader style
October 3, 2012 8 comments

morning and evening reminders for kids: easy reader style

Every day is a little bit different in our house—and everyone’s house. But deep down, we all thrive on consistency, on patterns, on schedules. I’ve always been a big fan ...

help! when kids hate reading: 3 tips for parents
September 14, 2012 11 comments

help! when kids hate reading: 3 tips for parents

It’s hard–I get that. Parenting in general is a tough gig, but when your child dislikes something that you love? Something that comes as naturally to you as walking 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 ...