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helping kids use PowerPoint for presentations and serious learning fun
March 20, 2013 3 comments

helping kids use PowerPoint for presentations and serious learning fun

It’s Spring Fair time, Science Share time, Reader’s Tea, Poetry Share, and International Night time at schools all around the country. Kids are sharing their learning, and they’re learning about ...

5 min reading tricks for raising rockstar readers
March 17, 2013 1 comment

5 min reading tricks for raising rockstar readers

It’s here. My first eBook on reading and literacy and all that stuff I really, really love. And I’m totally psyched. 5 min reading tricks for raising rockstar readers. There ...

read across america week: resources GALORE!
February 25, 2013 1 comment

read across america week: resources GALORE!

One of the reading and literacy world’s biggest months is just around the corner, so we’re kicking it off with a fantabulous twitter event–and we want you to join us! ...

high school basketball games: why families should go
February 8, 2013 3 comments

high school basketball games: why families should go

Totally new-for-us this last month was something that I wish we would have done sooner, but I think our kids are finally at just-the-right age. Just like the ole days ...

how to throw a rockstar valentine's day class party
January 28, 2013 12 comments

how to throw a rockstar valentine’s day class party

It’s not easy running a class party–for any holiday–but with the right help and planning, any Room Parent (and his or her small army) can pull one off with ease! ...

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 ...

strategies for handling sad, tragic news--as a family
December 15, 2012 11 comments

strategies for handling sad, tragic news–as a family

Today, my heart is heavy with the news of the shooting in Newtown, Conneticut, and though I am not at all close to the area and though I do not ...

holiday fun fact AND joke lunchbox notes  (with hanukkah!)
December 4, 2012 6 comments

holiday fun fact AND joke lunchbox notes (with hanukkah!)

We are huge fans of the lunchbox love note over here, so we’ve revisited our ole faves and added a few new ones to the mix. Maddy, Owen, and Cora ...

pretzel patterns: learning during snacktime
November 15, 2012 3 comments

pretzel patterns: learning during snacktime

It’s been crazy over here for the past few weeks, with nutty, awful weather, with colds and stomach bugs, lots of late meetings, and lots of end-of-season hurrahs. So our ...

let's talk about learning disabilities-- with the experts at NCLD
October 24, 2012 4 comments

let’s talk about learning disabilities– with the experts at NCLD

Everyone I know is touched somehow, in some way, by learning disabilities. Whether it’s a child, sibling, spouse, or parent, in my life, learning disabilities know no bounds.  It seems ...

target supports education: grants & programs that ROCK (+ giveaway!)
September 8, 2012 149 comments

target supports education: grants & programs that ROCK (+ giveaway!)

We all love Target. That’s nothing new, right? The sales rock. The clothes for kids–and adults!–rock. The Dollar Bins rock. The grocery items rock. Those cute brown boots I got last ...