Want to teach your kids how to write a letter? Start by reading children’s books filled with letter writing and use them as examples! Mentor texts like these children’s books provide excellent examples and ideas for teaching the format of letter writing as well as voice (tone) and organization. If teaching writing is the WORST […]Continue Reading
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Giving games and puzzles as Christmas gifts is a time-honored tradition in our family. This is why I’ve found the best new games for 2020 that my kids and yours will love to play. From card games to board games and dice games, you’ll also discover the best games from years past that you don’t […]Continue Reading
Are you shopping for the best STEM toys and gifts for your kids this holiday season? Here you’ll find what’s new and recommended for 2020 as well as the best classic STEM ideas for kids. Discover robots, building blocks, science kits, circuitry, math games, and much more! This is the best list of science, technology, […]Continue Reading
Ready for an eclectic assortment of new nonfiction picture books? Below, you’ll find good books about animals, tea, yoga, voting, ecosystems, and more. And, they’re all new! If you have older readers, visit New Nonfiction Middle-Grade Books for Ages 8 – 12. Also, I’m finally doing something I’ve thought about for months — adding a […]Continue Reading
I’m so excited about these stocking stuffers for kids, tweens, and teens from ages 3 to 16 that I’m barely resisting buying them all. I did a lot of research on gifts for kids for my holiday gift guide and found some cool fun ideas that your kids will love. Hope you love them, too! […]Continue Reading
Disclosure: This post is written in partnership with Duolingo ABC. All opinions are my own. Parents and teachers of early readers ages 3 to 7, the free Duolingo ABC app helps children grow as readers with 300 bite-sized activities that teach the alphabet, phonics, and sight words. BUY ON THE APP STORE Duolingo ABC […]Continue Reading
Kids who regularly use their imaginations to pretend play develop better social skills and vocabulary than kids that do not. Discover the best toys to encourage imaginative role-play; toys that are open-ended and battery-free. 2020 Top Pretend Play Toys & Gifts Prextex Plush Farm House ages 1+ What an adorable soft farm playset. Includes a handle for […]Continue Reading
If you have a child or student who is learning to read, you’ll be on the lookout for the BEST books to keep them interested, excited, and growing. There are several new Acorn books from Scholastic that will transition children from early readers into the easiest “chapter books” which are illustrated stories with easy […]Continue Reading