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...]

NEW LEGO® Education Kit Get Kids Writing

Lego Writing Kit

I'm so excited to tell you about this today - it's StoryStarter, a new LEGO Education kit to get kids imagining, working together, creating stories, and publishing. Like you, I'm always trying to find new ways to entice kids (mine included) to write. Which is why the LEGO® Education StoryStarter kits make me do a happy dance. Of course, I wish I could give you each one to … [Read more...]

DIY Miniature Blank Books for Matchboxes

Mini Blank Books for Kids

Miniature fascinates my children -- I think most children. Which is why we were inspired by the picture book, The Matchbox Diary, to make miniature blank books for writing and drawing. Paul Fleishman's gorgeous new picture book, Matchbox Diary, shares the history of an Italian grandfather who shares his immigration story with a grandchild, all of which was stored in tiny … [Read more...]

Poetry Activities and NEW Books

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Children's poetry is one of my favorite ways to hook writers. After all, there are no sentences in sight. No paragraphs, not even capital letters sometimes. Read poetry for enjoyment and experience with the form. Also, read poetry to learn how to write poetry. BUT, reading poetry can be good and bad for young writers. Bad if it limits children to thinking all poems … [Read more...]

Handwriting Matters — and We Need to Teach It

Writing Readiness and Handwriting

“Back when I went to teaching school, we had an entire semester on handwriting,” my new colleague grimaced as she looked at my messy handwriting left on the chalkboard after my first day of teaching. I never did improve my handwriting, nor did I have any idea how to teach it. Schools have too much to teach in too short of time. Handwriting practice is low on the list of … [Read more...]

Easy DIY Books for Young Writers

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A few months ago, I got to teach writing workshop in second grade. I taught them how to make an easy handmade book that they could replicate at home. All one needs is paper, a paperclip, and a rubber band. We made word collection books. The kids used them in reading, where they copied down words they LOVED; and in writing, where they incorporated their collection of amazing, … [Read more...]

Kids iPad Learning Apps Winter 2013

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Ready for some new educational apps? I figured this was about the time you would be itching to get some new apps. Kids home for several weeks. Extra time. All of that. Math & Science Pettson's Inventions 2 $1.99 math, visual Cartoony graphics get to figure out how to build something but it's not as easy as it seems because you can't just put something … [Read more...]