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Popsicle Craft Stick Pencil Holder

Popsicle Craft Stick Pencil Holder

My daughter has made these Popsicle / craft stick pencil holders as end of the year teacher gifts the last two years and was very proud to see that her kindergarten teacher still uses it. This also makes a great “back to school” craft, whether your child goes to school outside the home or has homeschool. Pin It Materials: tin soup can Popsicle / craft sticks tacky glue rubber band acrylic paints/glitter/ribbons for decorating (optional) Directions: Pin It 1. Cut the top off of a … Read entire article »

Filed under: 5-6 (Kindergarten), 6-8 (Early Elementary), 9-11 (Elementary), Featured

Perfect Illustration of the Issues with Common Core Elementary Mathematics

Perfect Illustration of the Issues with Common Core Elementary Mathematics

In the past, I’ve written about the Common Core from the perspective of its inevitable arrival and how we can help prepare our kids. I’ve also written about some of my objections to the Common Core elementary mathematics standards. I couldn’t resist sharing this video, which should be required viewing. Please watch this clever little girl trying to show her mom how to solve a mathematics problem the way she is taught in class. Based … Read entire article »

Filed under: Common Core, Mathematics

The Magic of Healthy Living #DisneySMMoms

The Magic of Healthy Living #DisneySMMoms

Trying to Eat Healthy We try to eat healthy around here. Unlike some people I admire very much, however, it isn’t my main passion or cause. We buy some foods organic, others not. We buy local when we can, but we aren’t a member of our local CSA share (despite knowing a woman who runs an organic farm that serves as a the local distribution center) and we do not grow our own produce. There are … Read entire article »

Filed under: Bodily-kinesthetic, Health, Health, Home Arts

Sharpie Fireworks T-Shirt

Sharpie Fireworks T-Shirt

Pin It My friend, Athena, hosted an awesome craft group this afternoon. The girls made fireworks t-shirts and I know my son is going to want to make one, too. Materials: t-shirt Sharpie (permanent) markers rubbing alcohol medicine dropper cardboard Directions: Pin It 1. Place cardboard in between the layers of the t-shirt. Make dots with your sharpie marker in a circle shape. Pin It 2. Use the dropper to drop rubbing alcohol into the center of the design. The marker will spread. Pin It Pin It 3. Experiment with … Read entire article »

Filed under: 5-6 (Kindergarten), 5-6 (Kindergarten), 6-8 (Early Elementary), 6-8 (Early Elementary), 9-11 (Elementary), 9-11 (Elementary), Art, Featured, History and Culture, Home Arts, Science, Summer, Visual-Spacial

Math is Everywhere! Bedtime Math #STEMchat

Math is Everywhere! Bedtime Math #STEMchat

Math is everywhere! Every day we use math–to estimate distances, tell time, divide up treats, listen to music, take care of finances, and to make the most of our day. So, I am thrilled to be part of the Bedtime Math Parent Blogging team supporting an excellent new project to promote mathematical literacy for kids: Bedtime Math. Just like we make special time for reading to our children at the end of each day, Bedtime Math … Read entire article »

Filed under: All Ages, Mathematics, Me

Happy Father’s Day!

Happy Father’s Day!

To all the Dads, Papas, Grandpas, and other father-types out there, Happy Father’s Day! Here’s hoping you get lots of hugs, some cute and funny homemade gifts (I know one Daddy whose son thinks his eyes are “red”), and maybe even a little time to yourself to relax (good luck with that)! Here are our 2013 Father’s Day photo montages with the kids spelling out Daddy and Papa… Pin It Pin It … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured

Cultivating a “Can Do” Attitude #DisneySMMoms

Cultivating a “Can Do” Attitude #DisneySMMoms

Back when I did theater improv, there was a “Yes, and…” rule. You could not shut down someone’s ideas with a “no.” Instead, you had to accept their idea and then build on it with your own. As parents, we feel responsible for saying “no” a lot. Of course, no, you cannot eat only chocolate all day, no, you cannot give  your baby sister to the bears at the zoo, and no, you cannot skateboard off … Read entire article »

Filed under: Interpersonal, Values Education

Books for the Children of Moore, Oklahoma

Books for the Children of Moore, Oklahoma

When my husband was branched Field Artillery, we spent some time at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma. We watched some violent storms and had some tornado warnings and watches but there was no major damage while we were there. This spring, the people of Oklahoma have had their lives literally torn apart by the destructive forces of major tornadoes. With the destruction of Hurricane Sandy on Long Island still fresh in my mind, I really feel for the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Charity

Wummelbox – Kids Craft Their Own Toys

Wummelbox – Kids Craft Their Own Toys

We craft a lot “from scratch” but we also do some crafting from kits. We prefer open-ended experiences but crafting kits save me prep time. Sometimes crafting kits even save some money if they provide materials I do not have on hand and would otherwise have to buy in bulk. Wummelbox sent me one of their nutrition-themed project boxes to try with my kids and review. Pin It As you can see, each box contains a lot of … Read entire article »

Filed under: 3-5 (Preschool), 5-6 (Kindergarten), 6-8 (Early Elementary), Toys

Lead with Your Values: The Merida “Makeover” and Coronation #DisneySMMoms

Lead with Your Values: The Merida “Makeover” and Coronation #DisneySMMoms

“Lead with your values” is good advice for a well-lived life. As it turns out, it is a good practice for brands, too, according to Jackie Huba, author of Monster Loyalty: How Lady Gaga Turns Followers into Fanatics, and a speaker at the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration. Throughout the Celebration / Conference, Disney took the opportunity to highlight the company’s values. As someone who has admitted ambivalence about the “princess culture,” and as a … Read entire article »

Filed under: All Ages, Media, Values Education