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6 Ways Kids Can Help Animals

6 Ways Kids Can Help Animals

The Lorax speaks for the trees and also the Brown Barbaloots, Swomee Swans, and Humming Fish. Children are drawn to animals, both wild and domesticated. Providing guardianship for the animals who cannot speak for themselves is a natural way that children can live like the Lorax. Little people learn that they can make a big difference. 1. Make a Bird Feeder Our backyard songbirds are in trouble. Vanishing habitats and food sources, toxic insecticides, and predators like … Read entire article »

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Are You Ready for Summer Reading Fun?

Are You Ready for Summer Reading Fun?

I am over-the-moon to announce that I have accepted a position as one of the community leaders at the brand new Random House Read & Play Summer Fun Community at BlogFrog. I hope you will join us at the official Launch Party is Thursday, June 30, 9-10 pm EST–just bookmark this thread and the launch party will go live at 9pm! Keep reading because I am going to tell you about some of the exciting PRIZES you … Read entire article »

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Reach Out and Read at The UPS Store

Reach Out and Read at The UPS Store

At the foundation of academic success, lifelong learning, modern communication, and participation in democracy…is literacy. Reading is a key that opens up entire treasure trove of new experiences, knowledge, and power. Which is why I am always excited to support and promote proven literacy projects, like Reach Out and Read.  Last year a few moms and I ran a book drive for our local program.  I am thrilled to partner with my local The UPS Store through … Read entire article »

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Jesse Bear, Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear (And The UPS Store Giveaway)

Jesse Bear, Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear (And The UPS Store Giveaway)

“Wanna wear shorts! Don’t wanna wear jacket! Nooo hat!” Sounds familiar? Then you probably have a toddler! They’re adorable, funny, and very, very stubborn. We offer only weather and age-appropriate outfits, give them choice within those boundaries, and still, it is ten degrees below zero and your toddler wants to wear sandals! We created a paper doll project that helps young children understand and choose weather-appropriate clothing in every season. Materials templates (you could also use photographs) markers/crayons/pencils and stickers/glitter/etc. scissors laminate … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1-2 (Toddler), 1-2 (Toddlers), 3-5 (Preschool), 3-5 (Preschool), Featured, Giveaways, Weather, Winter

The UPS Store and You (Giveaway!)

The UPS Store and You (Giveaway!)

With two small children, an educational consulting business, and lots of volunteer obligations, I appreciate one-stop solutions. One of my largest contracts requires me to write, print and ship 200+ pages of custom curriculum each month. Printing and shipping all in one place is a big time saver! So, I’m thrilled to serve as a The UPS Store Brand Ambassador and to be able to offer my readers a great giveaway. I rarely offer giveaways on … Read entire article »

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Passion, Dedication, Innovation…Teacher! (Nominate a Teacher to Win a $100 Gift Card from Office Max)

Passion, Dedication, Innovation…Teacher! (Nominate a Teacher to Win a $100 Gift Card from Office Max)

I spent five years in the classroom as a history, art history, and writing teacher.  And I can tell you that it takes passion, dedication, and innovation to succeed as a teacher. The best teachers choose their profession because they believe that education matters and that children deserve to learn.  They did not choose teaching to get rich but having a calling to educate should not mean going into debt. Unfortunately, that is the reality … Read entire article »

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