Writing Idea: Say It, Play It, Write It

Woodours Papa and Baby Bear Play Set

Sometimes your kids need help with writing idea development. So grab a stuffed animal, tell a story, pretend play the story, then write it down! Writing Idea Development It's the best way to get young writers writing fluently because once they've said and played the story, they're primed to write it . . . already knowing what they want to say. SAY IT So, pick a favorite … [Read more...]

Book Rhymes with Nook (Enter to Win!)


You, my wonderful readers, go to the library with your kids. I know this. Now I’m wondering about your home libraries; so is Target. And Target wants to give one of you a . . . NOOK . . . and to tell you about the Target School Library Makeovers and Literacy Pilot program. Nice, right? :) School libraries need our help - badly. (Did you see this post about DC Schools … [Read more...]

Recommended Game: The 7 Habits of Happy Kids


I'm sure you read The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Steve Covey and maybe even Sean Covey's book, The 7 Habits of Happy Kids. Educational Insights teamed up with Sean Covey and Franklin Covey to create The 7 Habits of Happy Kids Game. This game gets kids learning about the habits and applying them to their lives and we're huge fans. (Scroll down to find out how to win … [Read more...]

Beginning Art Journaling For Kids


by Violette Clark, author of Journal Bliss: Creative Prompts to Unleash your Inner Eccentric. Kids love to create art and if you give them a few tools and ideas on how to art journal they will go to town and come up with some colourful pages  they will treasure for years to come!  Beginning art journaling is great for young children as well as for teens. Beginning Art … [Read more...]

PBS Kids Cat in the Hat-a-Thon


“The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!" is the PBSKids show based on Random House’s best selling Beginner Book collection, “The Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library.” The show fuses STEM skills – science, technology, engineering and math – with new, whimsical Seussian adventures. The kids, with the Cat as their guide, learn by observing, collecting and managing clues, making … [Read more...]

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss – Book Event and Sweepstakes from Target

Dr. Seuss snack

Celebrate reading and Dr. Seuss' birthday March 2 with Target and the National Education Association for Read Across America Day. On Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012 from 9 to 11 a.m. Target is partying early for Read Across America Day. Visit Target Saturday morning and you'll receive a reusable Target bag filled with activities for children, a bookmark, crayons and snacks (while … [Read more...]

Art Journals With Kids


Today I invite you to join me in art journaling with your kids in the experience, too. I began to explore art journaling after realizing how much joy I find in creating. Before kids, I used my music and dance to channel my creativity. Now, I found myself missing that creative part of self different than my writing. Beginnings of Art Journaling While in the mountains, we … [Read more...]