As a teacher and parent, I am always, always on the hunt for free, hands-on STEM activities for kids and teens.
It's always been my goal to raise confident, curious kids--children who question the world around them and want to learn how and why things work the way they do. So whenever we've had questions about things, we researched the answer together.
I was recently introduced to an incredible resource that I'm thrilled to share with parents and educators--it's totally free, it's … Read More...
This year, I'm thrilled to be partnering with Advancement Courses, courses designed to be more engaging, meaningful, and enjoyable-- with real feedback and application in today's K-12 classroom.
Continuing education can be one of the biggest challenges for us as teachers today.
I feel like I'm always asking:
Where are all the relevant, meaningful courses?
Where are all the courses approved by my school and the state?
Where is the professional development that fits my … Read More...
So, you're a room parent this year, huh?
Whether you've been roped into it or whether you chose to take on this important role on your own free will, there are some things you must know:
You will have a lot of fun. Really, you will. The kids are so cool. They are. And the parents appreciate you!
You will be organized. From right now until the end of the year, friend, you must stay organized.
You will need a team. So starting now, you may be the room parent, but you will have a … Read More...
This past weekend, Maddy, Owen, Cora, and I did our annual Back-to-School Supply shopping extravaganza only at Staples.
But this year was a wee bit different than other years. And? It was an absolute blast.
This year, we went to Staples, and we shared our school-supply haul live on Facebook--and we were live on Instagram.
If you joined us, thank you.
If you missed it, no problem.
I have it all here, and I'm highlighting a few of our fave deals--deals that families don't want … Read More...
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 up to the school, depending on where you live.
But for the last few years, we've rocked Hello, Teacher Notes to ease the transition from summer break to school year just a tiny bit easier for Maddy, Owen, and Cora. Okay, and me.
We sent them:
last year, when Owen went to Kindergarten, Maddy went to 2nd, and … Read More...
This post was written as part of a partnership with MyEyeDr.
Did you know that kids should have their eyes examined each year before school begins?
Did you know that back-to-school eye exams will help to ensure that children's eyes are performing their best for academic success each school year?
And honestly, I'm embarrassed to admit that back-to-school eye exams are something that I never, ever thought of for my kids. Ever. Until now.
So along with … Read More...
This post was written as part of a partnership with Staples.
There's no denying it.
Back-to-school season is in full swing, so I thought I'd take a minute to share a few fun back-to-school rituals for busy families. I
Here's the skinny. . .
5 Fun Back-to-School Rituals for Busy Families
No matter where in the world you live, the weather's always perfect for a Family Camp-In.
A Camp-In is the opposite of a Camp-Out, of course! A Camp-In takes place in … Read More...
The beach can be difficult vacation for families with young children, there's no doubt about it.
Beyond even getting there--the packing, the long drive, the daily to-and-from the beach with a million trillion supplies--being there is sometimes hard, too.
Even with a ton of hands on deck, by the end of the week, the sand, the over-tired kids, the sun, the sand, the sand--everywhere!--is enough to make even the most relaxed parent a little edgy. However, I have to say that once we … Read More...
In the whole world, Disney is one of the largest employers for those in the performing arts.
With all of the the Disney platforms--the resorts, theme parks, cruise ships, and experiences, it only makes sense that Disney would want to invite student performers into the fold.
I cannot speak highly enough about our experience with Disney's Youth Programs, especially the Energy and Waves Physics Lab of the Youth Education Series.
But I would be remiss if I didn't share my love for Disney's … Read More...
This summer, I had the great opportunity to learn about Disney Youth Programs.
Have you heard of Disney Youth Programs?
Maybe you've seen those cool, Disney Cast Members with YES! on their blue shirts? Or maybe you've heard of a high school band or choir performing in a Disney parade?
Honestly, Disney Youth Programs are Disney's best-kept secret if you ask me. You know I'm always on the hunt for fun and sneaky learning opportunities, and you know we're huge Disney fans. Right?
So … Read More...