Motivate Beginning Readers with DIY Reading Pointers

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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...]

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...]

Weekday Breakfast Tips #QuakerUp

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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...]

How to Make Lunch Packing a Cinch!

DIY Lunchbox

Want to make lunch packing easier? How about teaching your kids pack healthy lunch themselves?  Now you can streamline lunch packing and teach your kids to pack lunches independently . . . Introducing DIY Lunchbox DIY Lunchbox : Flip, Pick and Pack solves your daily what-to-pack-for-lunch dilemma (that kids will actually eat) with simple, individual foods in each of the … [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 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...]

Back to School Clothes Shopping at Target

Target giveaway for back to school

I don't know about you but back-to-school supplies and clothing help my kids get excited. Because summer was fun. It's hard for it to end. We need enthusiasm about what's coming up -- and school shopping helps. Printable Back-to-School Shopping List I suggest getting organized before you head to Target for clothes. What do you you need? I always shop with lists or … [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...]