Four years ago was the very first year we volunteered as a family to honor Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday.
But it will not be the last.
Already, we're looking for other ways we can give back to our community this year to celebrate the life of this great man.
Family volunteering on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is easy, thanks to a handful of really awesome organizations designed to make finding volunteer opportunities the easy part.
Not even kidding.
It takes five … Read More...
I know for a while, we've all been thinking about gifts and gatherings and getting our families ready for the holidays, and now we're all cleaning up and returning and reorganizing and trying to be good and healthy about everything, but there's something everyone must do now.
I've got a must-send email to teachers from parents for you.
You need to touch base with your children's teachers. Now.
Because there's no better time than now to really know how your child is … Read More...
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, I'm more interested in their thoughts and reflections than on their favorite color or best friend.
So after our late-afternoon fondue dinner, we busted out with the biggie ice-cream sundae fixings.
We made monster sundaes, got all crazy on sugar, and then got to work on our interviews--a fun and easy family … Read More...
Playing Sight Word Bingo with my first graders means that these kids are getting more and more practice learning these important words!
Like I've said before, it's imperative that emerging readers commit these words to memory since sight words often defy the rules of standard phonics. We need our readers to know these words by sight and to read them quickly and with automaticity.
What I love about Sight Word Bingo is that students are not only practicing reading sight words, but they're … Read More...
This time of the year is insane.
We're moving so quickly, our to-do lists are nuts, and often we're totally forgetting to breathe.
At least I am.
So when I saw my sweet and smart friend Danielle Smith, of Pretty Extraordinary, take a minute to say "thank you" to the delivery people, I stopped and smiled.
This is so simple. But it can really make someone's day.
Here's the skinny. . .
Thank You Delivery People -- Free Printable for Families
It's a simple "thank you" that you can … Read More...
Learning sight words is one of the most important things that our kids can do as they become readers.
However, learning sight words can also be one of the most boring things our kids can do as they become readers.
So it's up to parents and teachers to make learning these important words fun.
Over the years, though, I've come up with tons of super cool and super fun ways that our little ones can learn these important words because I know how important it is.
Now that I'm back in … Read More...
Did you know that today is Giving Tuesday?
It's a really simple concept: give.
Any way you are able, to anyone. Give.
The concept of giving is especially important at this time of the year, and lucky for us, many organizations have made it super easy--and so meaningful!--to give at holiday time.
Looking at my kids' bedrooms and our playroom, I see we need very little.
So I'm encouraging all of our family members to do something this year that packs a bit more of a punch: buying … Read More...
This is an insane magazine deal, one that I have totally jumped on for my family.
It ends today, so you have to act mega-quickly.
Like crazy, super-mega quickly. Like Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at 8 am EST.
You can score:
3 magazine subscriptions for $12
5 magazine subscriptions for $18
10 magazine subscriptions for $30
Magazines for the whole family from Discount Mags.
Talk about a fabulous way to get your whole family reading--together.
Here's the skinny. . … Read More...
We do this every advent season.
And the kids love it.
I actually contemplated switching things this year--finding another advent activity calendar that would get our family into the holiday spirit, but I decided against it.
Because in this quickly-changing world, sometimes I think it's nice to keep things consistent.
Here's the skinny. . .
Advent Activity Calendar for Kids and Family--2017:
I print out a copy of the calendar to keep on hand for myself, and then I cut each of … Read More...
We visited Nintendo US Headquarters in Seattle, Washington last week.
You guys, it was awesome.
Our family was invited by the great people at Nintendo to check out the HQ and to learn about what Nintendo has in store for the upcoming holiday season.
Actually, even though I really, truly enjoyed the experience, I think I may have scored some really huge mom-points with Maddy and Owen. And as they move quickly into their teen years, I will … Read More...