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Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge
April 7, 2014 No Comment

Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge

      When I was teaching, I always had a bulletin board full of opportunities for my students to win contests, write essays, submit poems, and receive accolades outside ...

stand up for yourself: at work, home, and school
February 9, 2014 No Comment

stand up for yourself: at work, home, and school

The following guest post is written by Carmen Blyth, of The Teacher Whisperer blog, a place for teachers with a story to tell. Though I know that not every person who ...

valentine's day class party ideas, 2.0
January 31, 2014 6 comments

valentine’s day class party ideas, 2.0

       For many years now I’ve been roped into being Room Parent for my kids’ classes, and though I do love the opportunity to meet other families from ...

when talking to teachers: 5 tips for parents
September 14, 2013 8 comments

when talking to teachers: 5 tips for parents

As a writer for Scholastic Parents’ Raise a Reader blog, I’m always surprised at what sparks the most conversation among readers. I recently wrote Talking to Teachers: What Every Parent ...

school RULES! super-silly lunchbox joke notes
August 24, 2013 2 comments

school RULES! super-silly lunchbox joke notes

    It has been such an amazing summer.  I am desperately, terribly, incredibly sad to see it go. But here we are.  Marching forward. At my kids’ request, I ...

back-to-school shopping: the secret to keeping kids happy AND parents happy
August 16, 2013 No Comment

back-to-school shopping: the secret to keeping kids happy AND parents happy

Back-to-School shopping can be crazy, stressful, and anxiety-producing for kids and parents alike. But there are a few things we can do to make this annual event lighter, easier, and ...

VolunteerSpot: parents AND teachers can win BIG for back-to-school (sponsored)
August 15, 2013 No Comment

VolunteerSpot: parents AND teachers can win BIG for back-to-school (sponsored)

      I’ve been a longtime fan of VolunteerSpot for the ease with which I can participate in and organize events at my kids’ school. I’ve loved them for ...

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 ...

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, ...

how to make butterfly pens: a sweet spring garden gift
April 28, 2013 4 comments

how to make butterfly pens: a sweet spring garden gift

For Teacher Appreciation Week, for Mother’s Day, as a birthday party favor, or for any occasion, these butterfly pens are indeed a sweet spring garden gift! No glue, no sewing, ...

quick and easy inexpensive thank you gifts for teachers
April 27, 2013 6 comments

quick and easy inexpensive thank you gifts for teachers

No matter how or when you do it, it’s an important time of the year to offer a sincere ‘thank you!’ to teachers, especially with National Teacher Day and Teacher ...