Finally! An ABC Simple Way to Make Eco-Art

eco-art with Artterro

Confession time: I'm not crafty. (Or cooky, but that's a different blog post.) HOWEVER, I can read directions (how else would my family survive?) but I need things to be simple and well-planned out. I'm talking ABC here. Today (Earth Day) Artterro relaunched their Eco Art Kits. And I'm happy to report that because the kits are so easy to use, my kids and (even) me got our … [Read more...]

What’s New in Picture Books?

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You won't believe the picture books published this spring about animals! From funny to informative, I'll tell you my top picks for new spring animal-themed picture books. This Is a Moose by Richard T. Morris, illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld Hilarious! This is a moose. Who wants to be an astronaut. But the narrator of this book says no way and neither can giraffes, who … [Read more...]

Memorize a Poem for Poetry Month

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Since it's National Poetry Month, let's all pick a poem and memorize it -- our kids, too. It's so rich to have those words hanging around our brains. The Academy of American Poets created National Poetry Month in 1996 to celebrate and promote the achievement of American poets. We can participate by memorizing a poem! Memorize a Poem in April Kids love funny poems, … [Read more...]

The Pigeon Builds a Story . . . out of LEGOs

Pigeon LEGO Story Contest

If you are a 2nd - 5th grade student or classroom, love the Pigeon books by Mo Willems, and like to build with LEGOs, then you are going to love this totally cool contest. You could WIN a 2-foot LEGO brick Pigeon from LEGO® Education by retelling any Pigeon story with bricks! The Pigeon Builds a Story The Pigeon Builds a Story is a creative storytelling contest for kids. … [Read more...]

10 Minutes a Day for Long-Term Reading Success

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Do you know what one thing you can do for your babies, toddlers and preschoolers to make them good readers? Read aloud to them EVERY day. Babies and toddlers need books, too! They especially love clever and charming board books that are interactive --lift the flap, pull the tab, flip sturdy pages. Want to see the research? There's lots of research on the … [Read more...]

Hot Off the Presses Chapter Books

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I loved all of these books - from detectives to manicurists, fantasy to mystery - and I think you'll find something new and exciting for your child to read. :) Sparkle Spa: Purple Nails and Puppy Tails by Jill Santopolo (ages 7 - 10) Surprisingly, I thought this was a delightful new series. Sisters, Aly and Brooke, start their own nail business in the back room of their … [Read more...]

Host a Book Wars Party

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Make reading social by reading with your friends this spring. Host a book club where each person picks what to read-- then have a BOOK WARS party. Which book will win? (dunt-dunt-dah) Hosting a Book Wars Party 1.  Decide who to invite. (Group by interest, age or gender.) 2.  Select the first book, date, time and location. For this Book Wars meeting, each child picks a book … [Read more...]