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

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Here are three delightfully engaging storytelling games to try with your kids: The Storymatic Kids!, Rory's Story Cubes, and StoryPlay Cards. 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 … [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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Recommended non-fiction books for kids 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 which is why I have a list of recommended non-fiction books for kids. Here's why it's important to read non-fiction: More Informational Text in Older Grades & College The big reason … [Read more...]

Support Teachers with #QuakerUp

quakerup to support teachers

As a paid Quaker Classroom Ambassador, I’m inviting you to join Quaker in supporting teachers nationwide. Teachers spend more than $1 billion a year stocking their own classrooms, and they’re buying more than just school supplies! Teachers are buying food. Why? Well, three in five K-8 public school teachers say their students regularly come to school hungry, and as a … [Read more...]

Hilarious New Picture Books Your Kids Will Love

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How's your summer going? Do you need some new reading material? One of our favorite things to do is to go to the new section at the library and see what's new and good. We're geeky like that. If you haven't read these, check out these new funny picture books. I think you'll like them!   Who Did It? (boxed set) by Ohara Hale If you like potty humor, and I do, these … [Read more...]

Will Wreck This Journal Everywhere Get Your Kids Writing?

Wreck This Journal

I'm always trying to motivate my kids to write. I've introduced Keri Smith's Wreck This Journal Everywhere (affiliate link), a take-with-you compact book of writing prompts and activities. It's a fun little book that sparks creative thinking and wonderment. Do you think your kids need extra urging to write, too? Wreck This Journal Everywhere They might just enjoy Wreck … [Read more...]

Beginning Readers Kids Will Actually Like

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"I want to save these books for when I have kids and they're learning to read," announced my daughter as she organized and read each of the Tug the Pup and Friends beginning readers. So I had to read these and share with YOU. Because it's my never ending goal to find your kids beginning readers that they'll actually like! (And that aren't nonsensical!) She's more … [Read more...]

The Best Jigsaw Puzzles for Tweens

disco cat puzzle - great for tweens

My 9- and 12-year old kids are way past those 25- and 100- piece jigsaw puzzles. (Although we do have puzzle races with 4 25-piece puzzles at a time. That's pretty fun!) Anyway, I looked and looked for a little harder puzzle that wasn't too Thomas Kinkade looking like the one above. 'Cause no kid likes that. Well, at least not mine. Best Puzzles for Tweens Finally, … [Read more...]