What is your child’s biggest struggle at school?

Boy struggling with homework

If your child struggles a bit in certain areas, he or she is not alone! Most children are challenged by one or more aspects of academic life at one point or another. For some, it's learning to read, especially in first grade when the expectations increase for performance. Some will have a hard time … [Read more...]

Write One Yourself

Ever been reading a picture book to one of your kids and thought to yourself, "Who wrote this garbage?" Ever walked the aisles of your local bookstore, stunned by the tonnage of tomes on the shelves, and thought, "I could do better than this." I haven't done an official survey, but I imagine … [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...]

Back to School Writing Games

St Jerome

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...]