Write a Gingerbread Story with Cookie Cutters

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Write a gingerbread story using your gingerbread men cookie cutters. (Today's writing prompt idea for kids is brought to you by gingerbread people who don't want to be eaten!) Write a Gingerbread Story After you make gingerbread cookies for the holidays, I have two more gingerbread ideas for you. First, read gingerbread stories. Second, write your own gingerbread … [Read more...]

Writing Gifts for Kids

Gift Guide for Kids

Writing Gifts for Kids Sometimes all it takes to encourage kids to write is a special journal, pen, or eraser. See what happens when you give your child a writing gift. Maybe stories or plays will be written! 1. Grow Your Ideas Notebook  Plot your thoughts in these little eco-friendly notebooks made with plantable seed paper covers. When the pages are filled, plant the … [Read more...]

What to Do When Your Child Needs Academic Help

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When your child is struggling academically in school, tutoring is one of the best options. And you'll want a referral for that tutor. Then you'll want to be sure they're qualified to instruct your child, safe (background check done,) AND good at building rapport and relationship with children. Well, I have a GREAT tutoring referral for you. A highly-qualified, good-with-kids … [Read more...]

Be a Teacher for a Day

Teacher for a Day

Blue plastic-backed chairs wait on desks in the empty room. It won't be like this for long. I know that the parents and students I trailed to the building are arriving at the playground from the surrounding streets and soon at the classroom. I'm spending the day shadowing third year, second-career teacher, Mrs. Jennifer Nelson, in her second grade classroom at College View … [Read more...]

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)

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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

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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...]