Teachers Teach Much More Than Academics

What if I told you that the most important thing teachers teach has nothing to do with their lesson plans, the standards, or the tests? If you’re a teacher, I bet you’d believe me. You know it’s about much more. Today as part of World Teachers’ Day I’m partnering with SMART to recognize the positive role teachers play in kids’ lives and remind both teachers and parents to look for the little ways teachers make a big difference. What My {Read More}

Fizz, Pop, Bang Half Price Sale

Whether you are in the classroom or at home hands on math and science activities are a great way for kids to practice new skills and have a lot of fun. Right now our popular Fizz, Pop, Bang! Playful Math and Science Activities book is on sale for half price. It is full of 40 projects for kids ages 3 to 8, and right now you can buy it for 4.99! Use the activities right away our incorporate them into your plans for summer learning and fun! {Read More}

Creative New Science Kits

What can you do with lemons? Well, we all know we can make great lemonade, but that’s definitely not all. Lemon science experiments can create some very interesting reactions. Today we’re partnering with Green Works to try out Stem Box science kits. Each monthly kit has a unique science experiment for kids to try at home. Our challenge was to create a lemon battery. Although I’ve seen this experiment done a few times, we’ve never tried it on our own, mostly because {Read More}

Character Lessons About Bullying to go with Recess Queen

Our character lessons series matches one book with a variety of activities to help kids learn more about the focus behavior. So far we’ve shared activities about spreading rumors, being yourself, and friendship. Today we’re using a great book to help kids learn more about bullying. Character Lessons to Go with The Recess Queen This post contains affiliate links. The Recess Queen dives into the world of playground bullies and how students can handle those bullies. Mean Jean is, well, {Read More}

Keepsake Book Gift Idea for Kids

Keepsake Book Gift Idea for Kids This post contains affiliate links. Anne’s fiery red hair and personality to match, Matilda’s sweet disposition and passion for learning, the sisterly bonds between Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy, Laura’s life on the prairie…these characters were friends of mine; their influence on my life far surpassing their final pages. There’s something about the classics. Don’t get me wrong, growing up I read my fair share of Sweet Valley Twins and The Baby-Sitters Club and I {Read More}

Bird Nest Play Dough Invitation

It is no secret that we have a lot of fun with play dough around here. And as long as the girls are excited to make new creation, I’m thrilled to come up with different ideas for them to explore. Since we’ve been doing some bird activities at home lately, I thought it would be fun to use loose parts and play dough to create bird nests. Materials This post contains affiliate links. Play dough made from a recipe in The Homemade {Read More}

Top Learning Resources at EDexpo2015

Ever wonder what the newest and best educational products are for the year? Well, a couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of getting a sneak peek at some of the coolest new learning resources for 2015 while attending EDexpo2015 in Atlanta. Imagine row after row of amazing vendors with toys, games, and teaching aides. It was amazing! EDexpo is an annual event that showcases the latest innovations in education covering every facet of learning, from instructional materials, teaching aids, {Read More}

What Makes You Happy?

This time of year many of us are reflecting on what we are looking forward to and what we might want to change in the upcoming year. New Year’s resolutions are everywhere, and everyone is sharing how they are going to make this year their best ever. While I don’t typically make big resolutions, I do enjoy this time of year for revisiting the priorities I’ve set in my life and making sure my actions align with those priorities. When {Read More}

Nutcracker Books

The Nutcracker is a classic Christmas story that is loved around the world. Even if you have not seen the ballet or are planning to see the play this holiday you can enjoy this classic story through a book. Below is a list of Nutcracker books that tell the story each in their own way with unique illustrations or a different twist on the story. This post contains affiliate links. Traditional Story The Nutcracker: A Magic Theater Book by Geraldine {Read More}

Get Ready for Family Holiday Traditions with Gymboree and Visa Checkout

As we get closer and closer to the holidays (eek!), I’m excitedly preparing for all of our holiday traditions. Getting ready for this sponsored post was a fun reminder of how our special holiday attire adds to those family memories. I did receive compensation from Visa/Gymboree to purchase products and use the Visa Checkout online payment service, but the cute kids, family traditions and opinions are my own. Each year we create a special photo book that includes our favorite holiday pictures from {Read More}