5 Strategies to Help an Unmotivated Child

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I have a daughter who seems hates challenges. She'd rather get mad and give up than persevere. She does not have what professor Angela Duckworth calls grit and author Carol Dweck calls it a growth mindset. And I'm sad. (And kind of worried, too.) She's living with a fixed mindset. This is when you believe that people are either born smart or not; that talents, … [Read more...]

Entertaining NEW Early Reader Books

Early Readers 2014

Your beginning readers need good books (that make sense!) to read. You also can play fun reading games while you read. For example, try searching for words that begin or end with one sound. So, while you read, search for words that beginn with the "p" sound or end with a "d" sound. Remember to track the words across the page left to right using your finger or a reading … [Read more...]

Storytelling Play

Storytelling Play

Are you looking for more ways to encourage your kids to write and invent stories? Here are more storytelling ideas to inspire word play, storytelling, and writing. 1. Haikubes  Haikubes are meant to inspire haiku but we use them to make silly sentences. They make a great centerpiece for the dinner table. Then you can play around with the words while you're … [Read more...]

Funtastic First Toddler Game

Roll and Play

Ready for the perfect, most fun toddler game ever? Roll and Play Kids and parents both love this game. It's an active, whole family game that even the littlest can play. How to Play Roll & Play: 1. Toss the plush cube. 2. Say what color you rolled then pick a matching color card. 3. Read and do what it says on the cards. There are 48 game cards in six … [Read more...]

Innovative Thinking Game for Kids: Disruptus

disruptus

Check out this new game that will make your kids think outside the box. Disruptus. It's completely unique and innovative. It forces your brains really think creatively. (I'm positive this is harder for adults!) Disruptus Basic Play: 1. Roll the dice to see which type of "disruptive thinking" to do: CREATE, IMPROVE, TRANSFORM, DISRUPT. 2. Draw one (or 2 in some … [Read more...]

Spotlight on New Comic Books

best new comics 2014

"Comics are a gateway drug to literacy."--Art Spiegelman, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Maus and TOON Books Series Advisor Don't you love this quote!? I totally agree. Kids need a variety in their reading diet. Let kids read comic books + chapter books + non-fiction books. It's like a healthy eating: a little of everything from each food plate category adds up to the … [Read more...]

5 Tips for Improving your Child’s Handwriting Skills

ips for Teaching Kids Handwriting

Teaching children handwriting is so important, even though it's complex and often challenging. Why? Because you don't want them to develop bad habits that are hard to break and lead to problems down the road. I have worked with children from the earliest age of three to help them start to understand the basics of handwriting. Having kids of my own and a background in … [Read more...]

S.M.A.R.T Fit Pants for Teachers

smarty pants event for dress barn

I hope you're able to try on dressbarn's roz and ALI S.M.A.R.T Fit Pants this Saturday, September 6 from 1 to 3 pm! They're amazing pants because they're made of stretchy machine washable material but still look like they're fancy dry-clean only pants. (When does that ever happen?) Just to remind you, I’ll be at the University Hills dressbarn on Colorado Blvd in Denver for … [Read more...]