101 fun ideas for summer!

summer can't come fast enough, yet at the same time we're not quite ready for it. what are we going to do all summer with the kids? school gets out for us in 2 weeks. and it starts up at the end of august that means we have 79 days of summer. so here are 101 fun ideas to fill those days!...more

spring things i'm excited for

The grammar lover in me is stressed that I ended my title with a dangling preposition. But hey, it's my blog and the grammar police have no jurisdiction here. Anyways. This winter was the longest EVER. We all know this. It still doesn't feel fully spring-y around these parts - it has mainly been around 50 degrees or cooler, but it should be warmer soon hopefully. After this crappy winter, I am ready for some awesome spring things....more

Simple Guide to Making a Learning Basket at Home

It amazes me how quickly children grow and develop. One day you celebrate a few mumbles that sound like the word mama and soon enough they are learning their alphabet.As a former teacher, I have been impatiently waiting to share some wonderful learning activities with my son that I used in my classroom. One activity I used frequently (especially when students were bored) was a Learning Basket....more

Preschool Pointers - 41: Sneak in the Suggestions

Problem:Now that your kids are getting up there in years (you know, all of four or five), they're becoming a little more wily, a little less prone to obvious suggestions like, "why don't you go play with your dolls?" or "how about dancing to that They Might Be Giants CD?"In fact, one they hear the words from your lips, they may be less inclined than ever to do that incredibly fun thing you just suggested. Why? Because you suggested it. Wouldn't want to give you that satisfaction, now, would they?...more

Preschool Pointers - 39: Be Prepared to Cancel

Problem:Last week, I talked about the schedule I've taken to making for the girls and I during summer. But the system is not fool-proof, and life happens. Kids get sick, they sleep too long or get up too early, you're too busy with chores, or maybe they're just involved in a crazy-fun, imaginary game at home and rounding them up to cart them to some other thing that is supposedly fun is just going to break the rhythm. But you're supposed to be at the library or museum or a movie, and you've told other people you are going, even.Solution:...more

11 summer-fun activity to do at home for toddlers

Looking for summer fun activities for your toddler, especially those which can be easily done at home?  Here is a list of 11 fun toddler activities that would keep your child engaged and in the process develop their sensory and motor skills.   1.  Playing with Bubbles  ...more

Yurt Camping in a Snowy Spring

Here’s a question: Can it really be called winter camping if it takes place during March Break, and if our shelter of choice is a yurt instead of a tent? I’ve decided that since there was snow on the ground the answer is a big fat YES.I’ve uploaded a slew of photos to Flickr already (you can see them all right here), but I wanted to share one right here that summed up this wonderful new experience for me:...more
That's aweaome! I definitely want to stay in a yurt someday.more

7 Tips to Help Your Kids Avoid the Holiday Brain Drain

You may have heard about the “Summer Slide.” It’s how teachers refer to the significant decrease in material retention that requires them to spend an average of four to six weeks re-teaching materials in the fall. But even a two-three week holiday break can put a serious dent in learning.            To help keep your child’s brain strong when school is out of session, consider these seven tips: ...more

I Am NOT A Soccer Mom

I mean that in the literal and figurative sense. Trust me, I am not dissing those moms that spend endless hours running their kids around to practices and games - they love it and they're great at it.It's just not me....more
@SadderButWiserGirl Yes... we've let them try what they want to and none of the sports have ...more