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2 tricks to an organized school year
September 5, 2012 14 comments

2 tricks to an organized school year

How do you stay organized during the school year? What do you do to not get lost in the sea of papers your kids bring home from school each day? ...

mad monday: discounts on educational products for parents and teachers
September 3, 2012 No Comment

mad monday: discounts on educational products for parents and teachers

We’ve got a lot going on over at we teach lately, so I thought I’d take a minute to let you in on what’s totally new and totally awesome over ...

how every family can start the school year off right
August 31, 2012 13 comments

how every family can start the school year off right

Several years ago, I wrote about how to make the school year a smashing success, or. . . actually how to make the school year as successful as humanly possible. ...

wordless riddles: silly lunchbox notes
August 29, 2012 16 comments

wordless riddles: silly lunchbox notes

When I asked Maddy, Owen, and Cora what they liked best for their lunchbox notes, I got three different answers. From Maddy: I want more jokes–not joke, jokes like knock-knocks ...

our super-special Kindergarten lunchbox love notes
August 27, 2012 4 comments

our super-special Kindergarten lunchbox love notes

One of my first, most distinct happy, happy memories was when I was six years old. I was eating my very first lunch out of my very first lunchbox, in ...

beautiful backpack butterflies
August 22, 2012 5 comments

beautiful backpack butterflies

One of the things we love to do as a Back-to-School tradition is to find some cool way of blinging out the kids’ backpacks. Especially before the big Kindergarten year, ...

hello teacher notes: let kids connect with teachers
August 17, 2012 3 comments

hello teacher notes: let kids connect with teachers

Another one of our fave back-to-school traditions involves a little bit of writing, some decorating, and a wee bit of walking. Not much walking, really.  Just to the mailbox or ...

back-to-school shopping: get the kids involved
August 13, 2012 10 comments

back-to-school shopping: get the kids involved

I can hardly believe it’s that time of year again, but it is. Last year, when we waited until (gasp!) the week before school to start for our Back-to-School shopping, ...

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 ...

teacher gifts: creative group holiday gifts
December 19, 2011 9 comments

teacher gifts: creative group holiday gifts

This is a guest post by my friends at Volunteer Spot, just in time for the holidays and especially for those Room Parents who are scrambling last-minute to get things ...

new for us friday: help for classroom parents -- letters, party ideas, & volunteer spot
October 8, 2011 14 comments

new for us friday: help for classroom parents — letters, party ideas, & volunteer spot

It’s almost Halloween time, which means that all around the world, Classroom Parents will soon be a-scramblin’ for Halloween party ideas. And then they’ll be scramblin’ for Valentine’s Day party ...