Our Favorite Bedtime Books

Today it’s time for our favorite bedtime books. Can you believe I’ve been making book lists for year without yet sharing a list of bedtime stories? Last week, when I shared our favorite picture books of 2015 (so far), I mentioned that I had not been making as many picture book lists because you all seemed to enjoy chapter book lists a bit more ....more

Family Games that Improve Executive Functioning

Good news for fans of family game night! Playing games are a fabulous and fun way for kids to improve their executive function skills. Executive function is the way the brain helps us to manage, strategize and pursue goals, through control of our emotions and behavior ....more

(Our) Best Books of 2015 (Part 1)

I haven’t been making as many picture book lists as I used to, although we still do read many, many picture books. I’ve learned that my chapter book lists are more popular with you, and I aim to serve the masses. I’m still quite obsessed with reading as many newly published books as I can and the titles on these yearly “our best books” lists are favorites in our home ....more

Game of the Month: Zeus on the Loose

On a whim this winter, while the kids were stuck inside claiming boredom of the highest degree, I purchased Zeus on the Loose card game. It turned out to be an enormous hit and I love the way it helps my 6 year old practice his math skills. Of course, I had to make...more

Activities for 1 to 5 Year Olds All in One Place

When I first started this blog a bit more than seven years ago it was with the intention of sharing the small, easy ways I found to entertain my then-3 year old. He was not in any sort of preschool or day care and I was always trying to find ways to keep him busy so I could sit down for just five minutes! I was always Googling “how to keep your preschooler busy” or “easy toddler activities” and just the brain power it sometimes took to try and find simple ideas was a bit much for my sleep deprived self ....more

Classic Summer Reading List for Tweens

Your kids might not view summer as the idea moment for delving into a classic novel full of unfamiliar vocabulary and situations. I would argue, however, that it’s the ideal time, when they can take their time and read slowly, ask questions, and have leisurely discussions about the story if they so desire. I’ve included...more

Library Coloring Page (and Summer Reading Log)

Does your child love books and trips to the library? Melanie Hope Greenberg’s latest free coloring sheet...more

Creative Journal Ideas for Kids

I’ve shared in the past how keeping a journal is an important part of my life and that I’ve attempted to instill in my kids a love of journaling. My experience of journaling with the kids has had its ups and downs and I want to share what I’ve tried, our successes and failures. I’ll do that in an upcoming post, but for now I’m going to share some helpful and creative tips and ideas for getting started ....more

9 Read Aloud Books for Summer

This is the third year in a row I’ve made summer reading lists. I really enjoy planning out books to share with my kids. You can see my previous summer reading chapter read alouds here ....more

All You Need for a DIY Summer Science Camp

Last summer the boys and I created our own DIY summer science camp. It was very casual and so simple, and the boys always asked, “What are we going to try this week?” Every week, we did a new science experiment and shared them in collaboration with Megan at Coffee Cups and Crayons. For your convenience, so you don’t have to hunt them all down, I’ve collected all of the science projects right here in one place so you can have your own do-it-yourself summer science camp with the kids ....more