Good Writing Is More than Organization (why I hate formula writing curriculum)

good writing is more than a formula

I'm always terribly sad to see a child's writing ruined by formula writing curriculums. Because let's be honest, good writing IS NOT a formula. Never in quality, published writing will you ever, ever, ever read formula writing. )Although, in this age of blogging and self-publishing, you might read it but it won't be good writing.) Formula Paragraphs If you don't know what … [Read more...]

Squeebles Apps Make Homework Easier (and Fun)

Squeebles

I can't wait to tell you about two apps we are loving that make homework time waaay more fun: Squeebles Times Tables 2 app and Squeebles Spelling app from Key Stage Fun. Squeebles Spelling App Spelling lists that come home on Mondays need to be studied, right? The Squeebles Spelling app ($1.99) is perfect for studying those words. Parents enter the weekly spelling words … [Read more...]

Why I Dislike Homework and How the Research Backs Me Up

homework

Do your kids spend hours a night doing homework? Mine do. And I hate it- maybe even more than they do. Seriously, I'd much rather that my kids get much needed down-time to: play, nap, read, run, swing, dance, twirl, build, create, draw, invent, or design. Yet I sit inside with them, trying to pretend that I'm enthusiastic and supportive, helping them to stay … [Read more...]

DIY a Cryoow! Doll for Play and Stories

Cryoow! doll story and giveaway

Cryoow! dolls start with a child’s 2D drawing, transforming it into a jaw-dropping, super-awesome hand-crafted 3D doll. It's so cool. Make a Cryoow! Doll To make a doll, your child draws a picture more than 4 inches tall. We recommend using the game Pick and Draw which taught us so many fun ways to draw faces. Draw your person -- my eight year old daughter drew herself. … [Read more...]

Speakaboos Learning and Literacy App

New Literacy Speakaboo iPad app

When I said I wanted a slow summer, I did not envision getting a nasty Epstein Barr virus forcing me to be slow from fatigue. Since I wasn't at my parenting best, I relied on my husband, our wonderful babysitter, and educational learning tools to help. One of those tools was Speakaboos -- an interactive storybook iPad app. Even though it's recommended for ages 2 - 6, my … [Read more...]

3 Creative Back to School Ideas with Infinity Pens

Infinity Pens

If you're a Sharpie fan like I was, you'll be ga-ga for The Write Dude's Infinity Pens which you can purchase at Target, Staples or online. My kids and I couldn't believe how much better these pens were than our Sharpies-- the broad tips are almost paint-like in application. (with no drips!) The rainbow of color choices gave us plenty of artistic options. And, we love the … [Read more...]