Summer Literacy Strategy #1

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It's officially summer, a time of year filled with fun, sun and relaxation, but also the challenge of keeping your child's mind sharp and his or her path to learning engaged through the summer months. We solicited advice on the topic from some trusted resources, recently. It was thrilling to hear … [Read more...]

Dr. Seuss Themed Party Ideas!

Boys and girls celebrating Dr. Seuss's birthday

Dr. Seuss Party Ideas If your little one is a big time Seuss fan and it's his or her birthday, there's so much fun to be had. If you are looking for the perfect way to celebrate with Dr. Seuss themed party ideas, you're in the right place. Here are just a few tips for creating an adorable, tasty, … [Read more...]

Columbus Day Fun for You and Your Child

Happy Columbus Day! While you may not have a chance to experience New York City's amazing Columbus Day parade in person, there's no reason you can't take time out to enjoy this special day with your child -- and celebrate the spirit of exploration and discovery that Christopher Columbus stands … [Read more...]

Google Earth ABCs!


Here's an advanced alphabet challenge: Take your kids on a geography letter scavenger hunt. If you have Google Earth on your computer (and you should, because it's free and it's amazing) then try this puzzler with your family: Search the planet and try to spot all the letters from A to Z. Okay. … [Read more...]

The Purple Pickle


Does this scenario sound at all familiar? It's raining. You've been inside with the kids all day. You've already allowed them twice their usual quota of TV. You've baked cookies. You've played Candyland over ten times. You've read so many books that your voice is raw and both your index fingers … [Read more...]

Easy as Pie


My family and I went apple picking over the weekend, and that can only mean one thing - time to make a homemade apple pie. I love cooking and baking with my daughter, and I'm always thinking about new, fun ways to bring learning into the kitchen. For kids a bit older than my daughter, the kitchen … [Read more...]

Back to School Writing Games

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OK, school has started - time to get your kids in bed earlier and to pack those bag lunches. Soon enough, the inevitable moment will arrive when your child presents you with a homework assignment that asks him or her to write a story. If your child draws a blank, here are some games you might try to … [Read more...]

Letters, Letters, Everywhere!


STOP! Do you notice anything about that sign? How about the letters S, T, O, and P? In your everyday life, letters and words constantly surround you: on signs, in store windows, on vans and trucks, on packages. Name a surface and there's probably some kind of lettering on it. This is called … [Read more...]

Starting Sound of the Day


When you're out walking or driving with your child, why not use that time for a little phonemic fun? Pick a Starting Sound of the Day. For preschoolers and kindergartners, this can be a single letter, like the letter b. For first and second graders, this can be a consonant blend, like the letters … [Read more...]