One super easy way to give back to your school

School supplies

I can’t deny it any longer. I have a first and a third grader. Meet the Teacher is Friday. School starts Monday. We’ve spent the last few days making sure we have all the correct school supplies, packing up book bags and making a list of our favorite lunch snacks. We’ve reviewed our morning routine:… [Read More]

Preschool Prep: 10 Ways in 10 Days

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There are so many back to school posts out there, but most are geared towards the big kids. Now it’s time for the preschoolers to shine. With both my experience as a preschool mom and a preschool teacher, I’ve compiled a list of things to help your family get ready for preschool. If you start… [Read More]

The one author your young children NEED to be reading

Assortment of Mo Willems Books

Mo Willems, in my opinion, should be the newest member of the legendary children’s authors hall of fame. I was first introduced to his books as a kindergarten teacher about 10 years ago and I have continued to follow his hilarious and lovable characters through their ups and downs ever since. What makes Mo Willems’… [Read More]

Books for Boys: Recommendations for ages 7-10

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Mr. A is a reader, much like his mama was/is. The only problem with that is I’m constantly scrambling for appropriate reading material – for both his age and his interests. Thank goodness for Facebook and other blogs to tell me what other kids his age (and older) are reading. Right now he’s eight and… [Read More]

Easy Ways to Celebrate Earth Day With Your Kids

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I like the whole concept of Earth Day: celebrating our beautiful planet and taking time to focus on what we can all do to preserve her beauty. It makes me feel a little warm and fuzzy inside. If I’m honest though, in our house, Earth Day doesn’t get a huge spotlight. I have a few… [Read More]

Celebrating Chinese New Year – Tips and Ideas

Celebrating Chinese New Year

As a parent and as a teacher, I really love exposing my kids to different cultures and traditions. When I taught kindergarten, I always worked in a week long unit on Chinese New Year, also called Spring Festival. As a mom, now I do the same thing at home. Here are a few ideas to… [Read More]

Books and authors that made my childhood

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Do you what is the coolest thing now that Mr. A is reading? Getting to go back and introduce him to some of my favorite books from childhood. Talk about nostalgia. I love to read. I have since I first learned what those beautiful words were on the crisp smelling, bound pieces of paper at… [Read More]