3 Fun Summer Writing Activities 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! 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 process of brainstorming. … [Read more...]

Wordless Picture Books Make for an Amazing 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, they provide a great springboard for writing poetry. My 1st-grader and I grabbed a … [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...]

Should You Download SylvanPlay Apps?

Playing SylvanPlay Apps

Yes! You're going to want to download SylvanPlay's 9 FREE 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 learning within … [Read more...]

The Pigeon Builds a Story . . . out of LEGOs

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 Pigeon Builds a Story The Pigeon Builds a Story is a creative storytelling contest for kids. … [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...]

A Parent’s Guide to Writer’s Workshop

Writer's Workshop

written by Patricia Zaballos, Wonder Farm blogger and author  So. You have a kid who hates to write. A kid who finds writing tedious, difficult and pointless. Or perhaps you are one of those lucky parents with a child who relishes writing, who composes tales at the computer before breakfast, or scribbles away in a journal when she’s supposed to be sleeping. Either way, I … [Read more...]