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independent learning, poetry and play: tabletop surprises
August 11, 2013 No Comment

independent learning, poetry and play: tabletop surprises

    The greatest thing about tabletop surprises is that they afford my kids the opportunity for some seriously fun independent learning in cool and creative ways. Because learning–especially in ...

reading, reciting, and memorizing poems
August 7, 2013 No Comment

reading, reciting, and memorizing poems

    For our tabletop surprise today, we rocked some major poetry. Knowing that poetry reading is sometimes less intimidating than reading other texts and knowing that right now my ...

try someting new: fishing with kids
August 1, 2013 1 comment

try someting new: fishing with kids

Maybe every other family in the world has tried fishing, but ours has not. That is, until this week. Now? We’re like total fishermen. Fishers of men. Fisherwomen. Fisherkids. Give ...

math, literacy, and creative summer learning: tabletop surprises
July 28, 2013 2 comments

math, literacy, and creative summer learning: tabletop surprises

We’re week three into our tabletop surprises, and this week, we rocked some sneaky math, literacy, and creative thinking. The kids woke up to some easy activities and ones that ...

how to make the most of a day trip to museum, farm, or amusement park
July 22, 2013 No Comment

how to make the most of a day trip to museum, farm, or amusement park

    Now that our swim and dive seasons are officially over, it’s time for a few good family day trips. And our close proximity to Washington, DC, Baltimore, and ...

learn and play independently: tabletop surprises week 2
July 20, 2013 No Comment

learn and play independently: tabletop surprises week 2

    One rockin thing about tabletop surprises is that kids can learn and play independently. On their own time, when they’re up for it. And that flexibility has been ...

try something new with kids: coconut
July 17, 2013 2 comments

try something new with kids: coconut

We’re big fans of mixing up the fun and learning over here, always trying a little something new each week. We’ve done restaurants, foods, crafts, games, vacations, and more. It’s ...

tabletop surprises: simple, summer learning fun
July 12, 2013 8 comments

tabletop surprises: simple, summer learning fun

    Summer is kicking us hard over here. Actually, swim and dive are kicking us hard over here, like always.  And at five weeks in, between meets, practices, relays, ...

foam dough: serious rainy day indoor fun
July 11, 2013 1 comment

foam dough: serious rainy day indoor fun

I’m all about trying new and exciting things with my kids, and today’s activity is no different. Totally strange, completely weird. Absolutely new for us. I went on a whim ...

summer fun cards of 2013
July 8, 2013 No Comment

summer fun cards of 2013

Every year for the last few years, we’ve rocked out our Summer Fun Cards in the first few weeks of the summer. We choose an afternoon, we gather markers and ...

kid-friendly july 4th treat: flag cake
June 28, 2013 No Comment

kid-friendly july 4th treat: flag cake

One of our favorite summertime traditions involves sweets (big surprise). Every year for as long as I can remember, the kids and I have made a July 4th flag cake.  ...