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Read the Book. Watch the Movie on Netflix Streaming!

This post contains affiliate links. I am a member of the Netflix Stream Team, and this post is sponsored by Netflix. All opinions are my own. The Winter months can mean lots of time spent indoors when kids are home from school due to inclement weather. Did you know that many of your kids’ favorite […]

Raising a Reader for Life

Are you a parent or teacher? Do you dream of raising kids who love to read and cannot wait to get their hands on the next great book? Are you looking for simple ways to encourage a love of literacy in your home or classroom? Exciting news!! My good friends Amy of Teach Mama and […]

5 Fun Ways to Practice Spelling Words

These fun ways to practice spelling words make studying something my second grader looks forward to every week! These ideas are all super quick and easy to set up. Many times I set things up as an invitation to study on our kitchen table for when the kids come home from school. Not only are […]

Kids Books to Celebrate Individuality

Kids books that celebrate individuality can help teach us that it is okay to be different! If you are looking for books to encourage kids to think for themselves, or stories that foster acceptance of others who may be unique, these are some of our favorites. It takes a lot of courage to stand out in […]

10 Beginning Chapter Book Series for Kids

This year my oldest son began venturing to a new section of the library because he now has the ability to read and enjoy chapter books independently. Watching him read on the couch, on his bed, or in the car is a beautiful, beautiful thing! I can’t help but smile when he suddenly giggles or sounds […]

Mystery Book Basket!

This mystery book basket was so simple to set up and we used books we already had on-hand. It added a lot of fun and excitement to our usual story time! The idea is to wrap up books you already have as though they are presents, but leave them completely unmarked so that the kids don’t know […]

Martin Luther King Jr Crafts and Activities

Are the kids home from school for Martin Luther King, Jr Day? Looking for something artsy and fun to do?? These Martin Luther King Jr crafts and activities are a great ways to promote peace and diversity. You’ll also find a list of recommended books for kids to learn more about Martin Luther King, Jr. Crafts […]

Sight Word Ornaments

Last week, Colin received his first school report card. He is doing very well and I am so proud of him! In the narrative section of the report card, his teacher encouraged us to continue practicing sight words at home. I have been using the classic method of folding in, but he has become incredibly bored […]

The Elements of a Perfect Book Nook

One of the best ways I encourage reading at my house is to make a cozy place where my kids can curl up with no screen in sight.  A kid sized spot, where books are always handy and the lighting is always good.  Book nooks are easy to create with things you have on hand.  […]

Helping Kids Choose Just Right Books

This week we’ll be sharing posts to help with the transition of getting back to more formal learning. First up is a great video from Amy at TeachMama.com on the importance of helping kids choose the books that are just right for them.  Choosing the right book can make all the difference and this video […]

Kid Illustrated Summer Memory Books

The end of the summer is bittersweet; it’s sad to say goodbye to the warm weather and time with the kids, but the new school year and upcoming seasons are wonderful things to look forward to. We celebrated summer’s end by creating Summer Memory Books, illustrated and put together by the boys! This post contains affiliate […]

Developing Storytelling Skills with a Mini Sandbox

Here’s a quick and easy way to work on developing storytelling skills with your preschooler using the sandbox, or in this case, a mini-sandbox! Clara was very lucky to have received this mini sandbox kit from a friend for her birthday, and she has spent many hours happily playing with this!! You could easily make […]

Learning in an Instant- Letter Sounds Hopscotch

We’ve been talking about fun ways to play and learn with sidewalk chalk, and today we have another playful idea to share. Letter Sounds Hopscotch! Encourage your kids to practice letter sounds and their gross motor skills with this simple game.  Instead of drawing numbers in your hopscotch grid, draw objects beginning with the letter […]