Even though our lives have changed quite a bit since I started this blog seven years ago, one thing has remained the same: we love to rock it out for holidays.
Even big kids like to rock it out for the holidays.
So this year, I decided to kick up our traditional St. Patty's Day Scavenger Hunt just a wee bit.
My kids are quick, and they're smart. So our Scavenger Hunt needs to be tricky and engaging to keep them interested--or at least to stretch our hunt a bit past the usual two … Read More...
I am thrilled to be able to share with you some super ways to teach kids to give back to their communities.
WeAreTeachers has asked me to help spread the word about $250 grants that teachers can earn thanks to the Allstate Foundation WE Volunteer Now. Friends, if ever there was a blog post to share with your child's school, this is the one!
We all know that volunteering--or giving back to our great, big world--has profound effects on all parties involved.
Now your child's school can … Read More...
Friends, it's time to stop talking and start doing.
No matter which political party you stand with, the gun violence in our country has gotten way out of hand. It's time to really, truly do something.
But before I get all nuts about things, I must be clear: this is not about gun control; it's about gun sense.
I am by no means trying to take away anyone's 2nd Amendment right to bear arms. That's not my jam.
Rather, I'm advocating for better gun sense laws--laws designed to keep … Read More...
For classroom teachers, understanding your students' learning differences is important and worthwhile.
Think about it: if the adults in a child's life really, truly know how to reach that child--how that child learns best--would't we be able to move mountains?
Thanks to Digital Promise's Micro-Credentials for learning differences, educators today can really learn about what makes their students tick. Educators can really learn about and understand their students' learning … Read More...
Longtime fans of the ole homemade Valentine, I've had to get a little more clever and crafty as the kids get older.
But I still want them writing, reading, and thinking (come on. . . at least a little!) while they're making them.
So when I did some Valentine searching this year, I found a ton of cool ideas. A ton of cool ideas.
There are about a million, trillion awesome homemade Valentines out there.
But the Secret Message Valentines caught my eye. I knew Maddy, Owen, and Cora … Read More...
My son, Owen, has been pretty much obsessed with the Kendama for the past year.
And though I do stress that moderation is key for just about anything my kids do, I'm totally cool with him overdoing it with the Kendama. Why? A few reasons.
The Kendama has helped Owen increase his hand-eye coordination.
The Kendama has given Owen--and his buddies--a ton to do the past year.
The Kendama has boosted Owen's confidence.
The Kendama has allowed Owen and his Maryland Kendama Club to … Read More...
We often talk about race in our home, but lately my kids have become more and more curious about the struggles that many so many groups have faced--African-Americans in particular--throughout our history.
Yes, we have great books here, rich with information and ideas and stories, but I wanted a little more.
We need a little more.
So rather than fumble through their questions about race, history, and segregation, I wanted to give Maddy, Owen, and Cora some clarity--as much of the … Read More...
Last weekend, I had the great opportunity to drop everything and head to Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg, Virginia for a girls' weekend getaway with three of my dearest friends.
We have been talking about getting together for a girls' weekend for years and years, and finally, we did it. Each of us have three children, spouses, and full-time jobs. Getting this organized was no easy feat.
But once we did it? We were thrilled.
Kingsmill Resort is … Read More...
How can you start to spread a little kindness now? At your home? With your kids? In your community?
I've got a few great books about kindness for you--must-have's for older and younger readers.
Grab a few of these kindness focused books for our younger readers:
How to Heal a Broken Wing, by Bob Graham
The Gardener, by Sarah Stewart and illustrated by David Small
How Full is Your Bucket? by Tom Rath and Mary Reckmeyer and illustrated by Maurie J. Manning
The Rain Came Down, … Read More...
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...