Recently, I've been thinking a lot about the role of kindness in the classroom.
And when I was approached by the good people at Staples about the partnership between Staples and Lady Gaga and all of the awesome that they're creating with Staples for Students, you better believe I was game to share.
Do you ever wonder:
What role does kindness have in the classroom today?
What is the correlation between kindness and overall well-being among students?
How can we empower … Read More...
If I had a dime for every time my kids talked about slime, I'd be a rich woman.
Fluffy slime. Floam slime. Glitter slime. Galaxy slime. Butter slime. Iceburg slime. Clear slime.
Not. Even. Kidding.
You name the slime, my kids have made it.
Though we may be in the midst of a slime craze right now, little did my kids realize that we made slime way before it was even cool. That's how much of a trend-setter their mom is. Cooler than cool and they don't even realize … Read More...
July 4th is almost here!!
We're thrilled to get into the kitchen and make one of our most favorite holiday treats ever--our July 4th flag cake!
But along with baking one of our favorite sweets, we've also thrown in some fun learning along the way--the girls and I spent the weekend in Philadelphia for the Digital Family Summit and had the opportunity not only to learn a ton and hang out with our friends, but we also got to see THE Liberty Bell up close and personal.
It was a blast, and … Read More...
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. It’s simple. It’s sweet. And it’s so pretty, it’s hard to take.
It's a 100% kid-friendly July 4th treat: the traditional flag cake.
All you need is a boxed cake mix, cool whip, strawberries, and blueberries, and you’re ready to rock and roll.
Here’s the skinny. . .
Traditional July 4th Flag Cake:
Though there’s … Read More...
Originally published December 7, 2011, but republishing because it rocks.
I'm always on the hunt for ways to make math more fun over here, especially since math is not my forte.
So when Maddy came home with 'play game with someone' as her assignment one day a few weeks ago, I was all for it.
Mommy! I get to play a game for homework tonight! Let's start it right away!!
Music. To. My. Ears.
And the more we played, the more I loved it. And the more we played, the more Owen wanted … Read More...
I can't believe it! I really and truly cannot believe it!
We made it through another school year, my friends.
We. Did. It.
Next up? Summer.
I'm over the moon thrilled and elated that summer is right around the corner!
This year, I've got something so cool planned. So totally awesome and fabulous, I can't stand it.
I've just finished up--after months of drafts!--the plans for our Smart Summer Challenge 2017. And it's going to rock.
Totally, 110%, completely … Read More...
When I was asked by the good people at Right Decisions, Right Now and We Are Teachers to share information about teens and smoking with my readers, I shook my head in disbelief.
Kids are really still smoking?
Is cigarette smoking still a thing in 2017?
Which kid are really pressuring others to try smoking?
My kids better not ever try smoking.
Heck, my kids' friends better not pressure them into anything.
But really--smoking is indeed still a thing, and young people between the ages of … Read More...
Teacher Appreciation gifts can sometimes break the bank, and I know that can be hard.
But being a teacher myself, I can tell you that really, sometimes simple and heartfelt is a much better way to go. Teachers appreciate hearing 'thank you' any day of the week. Really and truly.
Having three kids in school and about a million teachers to recognize, I know it can also get super expensive to give gifts to these important people in your children's lives.
Here's a sweet and … Read More...
When I was first asked by my friends at WeAreTeachers and Wonder Workshop to look at Dash and Dot, I never imagined that we would fall quite so hard for these two little, blue robots.
As tiny and unassuming as Dash and Dot are, I really thought that they'd be no big deal--just another beeping, flashing something that my kids would play with for a few days and then drop like an old Micky D's Happy Meal toy.
Dash and Dot robots are seriously awesome.
These robots teach kids … Read More...
You know that I am obsessed with continuing the learning for my kids over the summer, right?
Every, single spring I do a little happy dance, just knowing that summer is around the corner and that I get to have Maddy, Owen, and Cora to myself every, single day. I love it.
And I love having a ton of fun ways to keep my kids reading, thinking, creating, and playing with numbers during the long summer months. Anything to avoid the summer slide. Really and truly.
This … Read More...