Motivate Beginning Readers with DIY Reading Pointers

reading pointers

Here's a fun idea to try with your beginning readers. Instead of tracking the words on the page with your finger, make your own super snazzy reading pointers. Tracking while you read means that your eyes can work together to follow the line of print from the left side of the page to the right. Once a child becomes proficient at this, the use of a finger (or pointer) becomes … [Read more...]

Weekday Breakfast Tips #QuakerUp

oatmeal and eggs

It's time to go back to school and Quaker has asked me to give you some quick and healthy weekday breakfast tips. Plan for Calm A few years ago, I realized that in order to have a calm, organized morning routine (including breakfast,) we had to wake up 15 minutes earlier. Now breakfast for is our for-sure family meal of the day. It sets the tone for the rest of the … [Read more...]

Innovative Coding Apps for Kids

cute boy using tablet computer at home

With the emphasis on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) in the schools, some kids are learning to program (code) right alongside their reading, writing, and math lessons. There's no denying that technology will be a huge part of their future. You'll be amazed at all the inventive games and programs to help your kids learn the basics of coding -- all … [Read more...]

3 Engrossing Word Games for Kids

the best word games for kids

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. Word Games for Kids  1. WordARound WordARound is a super fun word game for kids. The cards have three rings, black, red, … [Read more...]

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

smarty pants event for dress barn

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

latest chapter books, summer 2014

Grab a good book from this list of the latest chapter books I've read. (All but one are recently published.) Don't miss even more middle grade books in my new master book lists by age! Middle grade books are for kids ages 8 - 12. 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 … [Read more...]

Outstanding New Picture Books, Summer 2014

new picture books summer 2014

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 picture book stories and silly mistakes in these new titles. Outstanding Picture Books The Zoo Box by Ariel Cohn, illustrated by Aron Nels … [Read more...]

7 Gifts Your Teacher Actually Wants #QuakerUp

fight evil, read books

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...]