3 Engrossing Word Games for Kids

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Three word games, WordARound, Bubble Talk, and Junior Scrabble, are always top choices for my kids for family game time. (Although I think my husband could play Bubble Talk by himself just because he thinks it's so funny.) Let me tell you about them.  1. WordARound WordARound cards have three rings, black, red, and blue, with words written around each ring. To play, start … [Read more...]

Hey Smartypants! Pants Event at dressbarn in Denver, Colorado #dressSMART

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Teachers and friends, I don't know about you but I usually only think of my kids with back-to-school fashion but now it's time for me. I need new clothes, too. Don't you? And shoes. And accessories. (I'm always losing my earrings.) That's why I'm so excited to announce that I'll be at the University Hills dressbarn on Colorado Blvd. in Denver, Colorado on September … [Read more...]

The Latest Chapter Books for Kids Ages 6 to 12

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Grab a good book from this list of the latest books I've read, all but one are recently published. I've added each of these books to my new master book lists by age! Books for 5- and 6- year olds Books for 7-year olds Books for 8-year olds Books for 9-year olds Books for 10-year olds Books for 11-year olds Books for 12-year olds Happy reading! :) The … [Read more...]

Outstanding New Picture Books, Summer 2014

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As Todd Parr says, It's Okay to Make Mistakes. Like when Very Little Red thinks the Wolf is a Foxie or the birds don't quite get the message right (or even close) in Mac Barnett's book, Telephone. Discover more outstanding stories and silly mistakes in these new picture books. The Zoo Box by Ariel Cohn, illustrated by Aron Nels Steinke How can the siblings resist not … [Read more...]

7 Gifts Your Teacher Actually Wants #QuakerUp

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As a paid Quaker Classroom Ambassador, I’m inviting you to join Quaker in supporting teachers nationwide. Over the years, I’ve gotten some awesome gifts that I’ve cherished, but I have also gotten some very uh, . . . unique gifts that I haven’t been able to use. (Apple earrings, apple ornaments, apple aprons, apple pins . . . ) While I always appreciated the thought, I … [Read more...]

Storytelling Games That Will Get Your Kids Thinking Out of the Box

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When I teach kids how to write stories, we generally start out loud. In other words, we think, plan, and share orally before writing silently. Of course, not all kids are oral processers but sharing out loud helps organize our thoughts and gives us feedback from friends if the story is missing anything or on the right track. Here are three delightfully engaging storytelling … [Read more...]

How Tiggly Improves Geometry, Spacial Reasoning, Motor Skills, and Creativity

Tiggly Educational Math App

Tiggly shape toys partner seamlesly with FREE Tiggly educational apps so children engage visual and kinesthetic learning modalities while teaching basic mathematical skills. I was so impressed with the flawless way the Tiggly shapes work with the apps. Press the shape and it zings onto the screen in milliseconds. The app options for Tiggly shapes totally engage my kids (and … [Read more...]

Why Kids Need to Read Non-Fiction Books

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Kids (and adults) usually gravitate towards fiction or non-fiction. But it's important to read and develop skills with non-fiction and fiction both. Here's why it's important to read non-fiction: More Informational Text in Older Grades & College The big reason kids need to practice reading non-fiction (informational) text is that as they progress in school and life, most … [Read more...]