6 Favorite First-Grade Books from My Childhood

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Reading to your first grader is great fun! For this age, there are chapter books and ongoing series that keeps kids asking for more. Here are some of my childhood favorites. Thank you, Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish Amelia Bedelia is the housekeeper for Mr. and Mrs. Roger, who gets everything … [Read more...]

The Tyranny of the Helicopter Mom

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You’ve heard all the labels: Helicopter Mom. Hover Mother. Tiger Mom. Ivy League Mom. The names change, but the underlying message is the same: Some mothers—and fathers!—push their children too hard to succeed and many are too heavily invested in their kids' education.   Mayday, … [Read more...]

Using Facial Expressions in Reading to Help Your Child Learn About Emotions

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Reading out loud to your child should be fun for both of you! The more personality and drama you can put into your reading, the more entertaining it will be—and the more your child can learn. This is especially true in helping your child learn about emotions. You can help your child develop in this … [Read more...]

Which Emotion Are You?

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On any given day most of us experience a range of different emotions, depending on what’s going on in our lives. But have you ever wondered which Emotion from Disney/Pixar’s movie Inside Out does the driving at the console in your mind? Take this insightful quiz to find out! LET’S GET … [Read more...]



A Tale of Two Parents: What’s in a NO

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Once upon a time I had friends without kids. Then they had kids. Then we weren’t friends anymore. This is a true story of what happened when friends’ parenting styles collided. I was the first of my local friends to have kids, so when they had their own, I imagined our kids growing up together … [Read more...]

What Is My Child’s Learning Style?

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Your young learner might already show a preference for learning in a specific way, or you might notice that certain approaches don’t seem to work. This quiz will give you some insight into your child’s learning style. Keep in mind that learning style preferences can change over time as your child … [Read more...]



7 Emotions Kids Can Learn from Disney Books

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If there’s one thing you can count on with a Disney story, it’s that you’re going to have your heartstrings tugged. You’ll probably laugh, cry, and feel everything in between. We know that seeing how storybook characters handle their emotions helps kids learn how to talk about their own feelings. … [Read more...]

Iowa Brothers Star on the Field and In the Classroom

When you give your child the Hooked on Phonics advantage, there's no telling what that spark of confidence and academic head start will mean to his future. Just look at what happened to Nate and Jeremy Snead of Pella, Iowa. When their father started using Hooked on Phonics with his two boys, … [Read more...]