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digital and hand-drawn bookmarks: modern kid masterpieces
May 29, 2013 No Comment

digital and hand-drawn bookmarks: modern kid masterpieces

The Washington Post’s KidsPost is hosting a bookmark design contest for its Summer Book Club. So between shoving Cheerios and oj in their faces at breakfast on Tuesday, Maddy, Owen, ...

how to get your kids started with texting: texting 101
May 14, 2013 4 comments

how to get your kids started with texting: texting 101

    Texting is big. For tweens, it’s really big.  It’s like the coolest thing ever. And everyone is doing it (or so they think), and so Maddy has asked ...

how to write limericks for loved ones
May 11, 2013 No Comment

how to write limericks for loved ones

    Who knew that National Limerick Day was May 12? It’s true.  National Limerick Day is celebrated on May 12 to honor Edward Lear, the creator of limericks. May ...

how to use iPad notes for quick, fun interviews
April 4, 2013 2 comments

how to use iPad notes for quick, fun interviews

We’ve been biting our nails over here, waiting for a new baby to come and slowly moving back into school mode after Spring Break. As Maddy, Owen, and Cora are ...

texting as a learning tool: reading, spelling, composing
March 13, 2013 6 comments

texting as a learning tool: reading, spelling, composing

My kids think texting is so cool. They think cell phones are cool. They think cell phones are so cool that they still argue over who gets to have our ...

new year's interview: fun family tradition
January 2, 2013 11 comments

new year’s interview: fun family tradition

It’s New Year’s Interview time! (I can hardly believe it!) This year, we made some minor adjustments to our traditional New Year’s Family Interview because as the kids get older, ...

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 ...

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 ...

10 fun ways of helping kids learn the abc's
June 28, 2012 8 comments

10 fun ways of helping kids learn the abc’s

It’s so easy for us to say we want our kids to learn the ABC’s and 123′s before kids hit Kindergarten, but how do we actually do it? Is there ...

creative writing for kids: photo conversations
June 25, 2012 2 comments

creative writing for kids: photo conversations

Getting kids to write–especially in the summertime–is not an easy task. Granted, for some kiddos, writing is their thing. They journal, write stories, text, (maybe even blog!) without a bit ...

everyday journals: creative, thoughtful daily activities for kids
June 13, 2012 21 comments

everyday journals: creative, thoughtful daily activities for kids

This week, we officially began our Smart Summer 2012, a summer filled with fun learning, focused and free days, and a whole lot of flexibility–everything I think families need if ...