5 Parenting Strategies to Develop a Growth Mindset

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I have a daughter who dislikes challenges. She'd rather give up than persevere. This is probably hugely affected by her sensory processing disorder and ADHD. How, I don't really know. But I do know that she does not have what professor Angela Duckworth calls grit and author Carol Dweck calls it a growth mindset. Or at least it's hidden somewhere. And I'm worried. She's … [Read more...]

Entertaining NEW Early Reader Books

Early Readers 2014

Your beginning readers need good books (that make sense!) to read. Check out these new early reader books that are actually really entertaining. While you are reading, play reading games. For example, try searching for words that begin or end with one sound. So search for words that begin with the "p" sound or end with a "d" sound. Remember to track the words across the … [Read more...]

Storytelling Activities for Kids

Storytelling Play

Storytelling activities allows children to stretch their thinking and imaginations. Here are more storytelling activities and ideas to inspire word play, storytelling, and writing. Storytelling Play Activities for Kids 1. Haikubes  Haikubes are meant to inspire haiku but we use them to make silly sentences and start stories. They make a great centerpiece for the dinner … [Read more...]

Roll and Play First Toddler Game

Roll and Play

Ready for the BEST, most fun toddler game ever? Roll and Play First Toddler Game Kids and parents both love this game. It's an active, whole family game that even the littlest can play. How to Play Roll & Play: 1. Toss the plush cube. 2. Say what color you rolled then pick a matching color card. 3. Read and do what it says on the cards. There are 48 game cards … [Read more...]

Innovative Thinking Game for Kids: Disruptus

disruptus

Want a game for kids that will get them to think outside the box? Disruptus is your answer. It's completely unique and innovative. It forces our brains really think creatively. (I'm positive this is harder for adults!) Disruptus Basic Play: 1. Roll the dice to see which type of "disruptive thinking" to do: CREATE, IMPROVE, TRANSFORM, DISRUPT. 2. Draw one (or 2 in some … [Read more...]

Spotlight on New Comic Books

best new comics 2014

"Comics are a gateway drug to literacy."--Art Spiegelman, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Maus and TOON Books Series Advisor Don't you love this quote!? I totally agree. Kids need a variety in their reading diet. Let kids read comic books + chapter books + non-fiction books. It's like a healthy eating: a little of everything from each food plate category adds up to the … [Read more...]

5 Tips for Improving your Child’s Handwriting Skills

ips for Teaching Kids Handwriting

Teaching children handwriting is so important, even though it's complex and often challenging. Why? Because you don't want them to develop bad habits that are hard to break and lead to problems down the road. I have worked with children from the earliest age of three to help them start to understand the basics of handwriting. Having kids of my own and a background in … [Read more...]

S.M.A.R.T Fit Pants for Teachers

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I hope you're able to try on dressbarn's roz and ALI S.M.A.R.T Fit Pants this Saturday, September 6 from 1 to 3 pm! They're amazing pants because they're made of stretchy machine washable material but still look like they're fancy dry-clean only pants. (When does that ever happen?) Just to remind you, I’ll be at the University Hills dressbarn on Colorado Blvd in Denver for … [Read more...]