Motivate Beginning Readers with DIY Reading Pointers

reading pointers

Here's a fun idea to try with your beginning readers. Instead of tracking the words on the page with your finger, make your own super snazzy reading pointers. Tracking while you read means that your eyes can work together to follow the line of print from the left side of the page to the right. Once a child becomes proficient at this, the use of a finger (or pointer) becomes … [Read more...]

Weekday Breakfast Tips #QuakerUp

oatmeal and eggs

It's time to go back to school and Quaker has asked me to give you some quick and healthy weekday breakfast tips. Plan for Calm A few years ago, I realized that in order to have a calm, organized morning routine (including breakfast,) we had to wake up 15 minutes earlier. Now breakfast for is our for-sure family meal of the day. It sets the tone for the rest of the … [Read more...]

Innovative Coding Apps for Kids

cute boy using tablet computer at home

With the emphasis on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) in the schools, some kids are learning to program (code) right alongside their reading, writing, and math lessons. There's no denying that technology will be a huge part of their future. You'll be amazed at all the inventive games and programs to help your kids learn the basics of coding -- all … [Read more...]

3 Engrossing Word Games for Kids

the best word games for kids

Three word games, WordARound, Bubble Talk, and Junior Scrabble, are always top choices for my kids for family game time. (Although I think my husband could play Bubble Talk by himself just because he thinks it's so funny.) Let me tell you about them.  1. WordARound WordARound cards have three rings, black, red, and blue, with words written around each ring. To play, start … [Read more...]

Hey Smartypants! Pants Event at dressbarn in Denver, Colorado #dressSMART

smarty pants event for dress barn

Teachers and friends, I don't know about you but I usually only think of my kids with back-to-school fashion but now it's time for me. I need new clothes, too. Don't you? And shoes. And accessories. (I'm always losing my earrings.) That's why I'm so excited to announce that I'll be at the University Hills dressbarn on Colorado Blvd. in Denver, Colorado on September … [Read more...]

“On the Go” Phonics Scavenger Hunt

letter sound scavenger hunt

Finding something educational for your child to do while you're out in public can be hard. An "On the Go" Phonics Scavenger Hunt  is perfect for those times where you're sitting in the car, doctor's office, or even at a meeting where you need to keep the little one busy. This "On the Go" Phonics Scavenger Hunt is perfect for the child who is learning more about letter sounds … [Read more...]

The Latest Chapter Books for Kids Ages 6 to 12

latest chapter books, summer 2014

Grab a good book from this list of the latest books I've read, all but one are recently published. I've added each of these books to my new master book lists by age! Books for 5- and 6- year olds Books for 7-year olds Books for 8-year olds Books for 9-year olds Books for 10-year olds Books for 11-year olds Books for 12-year olds Happy reading! :) The … [Read more...]

Outstanding New Picture Books, Summer 2014

new picture books summer 2014

As Todd Parr says, It's Okay to Make Mistakes. Like when Very Little Red thinks the Wolf is a Foxie or the birds don't quite get the message right (or even close) in Mac Barnett's book, Telephone. Discover more outstanding stories and silly mistakes in these new picture books. The Zoo Box by Ariel Cohn, illustrated by Aron Nels Steinke How can the siblings resist not … [Read more...]