Handmade Journals for Kids

easy handmade journals

I decided to make handmade journals for my kids, not to buy my kids actual notebooks or journals this summer because I think they're too big. Big overwhelms. Big is too many pages to fill. (Clearly my children haven't inherited my journal hoarding / journal filling addiction!) So, I made simple, small, handmade books for my kids to use for summer writing. And, if they fill … [Read more...]

3 Fun Summer Writing Prompts with Bubbles

Adorable little girl with soap bubbles

Want to sneak in writing this summer? I've got it 3 ideas that are going to be fun for you and your kids! Summer Writing Prompts You'll need: a bottle of bubbles, ingredients to make your own bubbles, paper and markers. 1. Use Your Five Senses Now you want to get the bubbles blowing and the writing bubbling . . . As your kids blow bubbles, start the writing … [Read more...]

Wordless Picture Books Writing Prompt

Use Wordless Picture Books to Write Poetry

by Terri Thompson of Creative Family Fun Have you ever read a wordless picture book? They are so wonderful for many reasons: 1) Pre-readers can read a wordless picture book independently and 2) both readers and pre-readers can practice their storytelling skills. And, as we found out, wordless picture books provide a great springboard for writing poetry. Wordless Picture … [Read more...]

Hidden Message Poetry

hidden message poetry

Poetry is amazing, isn't it? There are so many forms and it's so accessible to all age groups. Kids love it because it's so familiar. They've been hearing it all their lives. Remember all those nursery rhymes? To encourage my reluctant writer, we turned our poetry into artwork. We made it even more special by hiding our poetry inside the picture using a fun technique, … [Read more...]

Download SylvanPlay Educational Apps?

Playing SylvanPlay Apps

Yes! You're going to want to download SylvanPlay's 9 FREE educational apps. Why? Because they're fun, educational, and high-quality. My kids loved the SylvanPlay apps - especially Sushi Scramble - and they're the pickiest testers. I was impressed with the SylvanPlay app's beautiful graphics, the easy usability, the this-is-so-fun-I-can't-stop quality, and the embedded … [Read more...]

The LEGO Pigeon Builds a Story Contest

Pigeon LEGO Story Contest

If you are a 2nd - 5th grade student or classroom, love the Pigeon books by Mo Willems, and like to build with LEGOs, then you are going to love this totally cool contest. You could WIN a 2-foot LEGO brick Pigeon from LEGO® Education by retelling any Pigeon story with bricks! The LEGO  Pigeon Builds a Story Contest The LEGO Pigeon Builds a Story is a creative … [Read more...]

Get Help with IEPs, LD, Bullying, and More

LD toolkits and ebooks

Do you know about the National Center for Learning Disabilities? It's a fantastic site -- with a ton of free materials that you can easily download and use today. Parent Toolkit: IEP Basics for Parents of Students with LD Parent Toolkit: Dyslexia Toolkit School Toolkit: The Truth About Bullying E-Book: IEP Meeting Planner E-Book: Executive Function Around the … [Read more...]