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teach kids the days of the week (a super-easy way!)
January 8, 2013 11 comments

teach kids the days of the week (a super-easy way!)

Teaching kids the days of the week doesn’t need to be a huge event. Parents don’t need printables, charts, diagrams, or huge posters. Sure, a calendar hanging on the wall ...

kids baking for a cause: Shot@Life #blog4cause, week 2
November 17, 2012 4 comments

kids baking for a cause: Shot@Life #blog4cause, week 2

Week three has come and gone of our #blog4cause campaign, and we couldn’t be more thrilled at our participation! We know that as we move further into the holiday season, ...

how to play 'mary had a little lamb' on the recorder (or try to, at least)
September 25, 2012 2 comments

how to play ‘mary had a little lamb’ on the recorder (or try to, at least)

We tried. Maybe a bit too hard–or maybe not hard enough–depending on how you look at it. But we have been rockin’ the ole recorder over here for a few ...

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 ...

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? ...

daniel tiger's neighborhood: quality programming for preschoolers
August 24, 2012 79 comments

daniel tiger’s neighborhood: quality programming for preschoolers

When something seems bad, turn it around. . .                           . . . and find something good. I like it. And I know my kids would love it too–and even ...

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 ...

3 ways to talk to your kids about books
August 10, 2012 11 comments

3 ways to talk to your kids about books

I remember a time, not so long ago, when Maddy, Owen, and Cora would talk to me for (what seemed to be) hours upon end about things. Just anything.  Books, ...

what are YOUR favorite iPad apps for teaching and learning?
July 25, 2012 22 comments

what are YOUR favorite iPad apps for teaching and learning?

I am totally and completely thrilled to be the proud new owner of an iPad, thanks to Evo and eBay green! An iPad was certainly not in our budget, though ...

improve fluency: slow down speedy readers
July 19, 2012 5 comments

improve fluency: slow down speedy readers

I’ve said before that one of the things that you never want to say to a reader is Slow down! You’re reading too fast! or. . . . . . ...

what to do with children's artwork
June 6, 2012 8 comments

what to do with children’s artwork

This time of the year, I always seem to be drowning in my kids’ artwork. The nifty system of organization I started in September has long expired, and piles of ...