How to Motivate Children to Learn New Skills Without a Daily Battle of Wills

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How do you motivate your children to learn a new skill? And, how do you get them to practice?  It’s not easy. I play the piano. Every time someone hears this, I get the same response. “I took piano lessons when I was little, but I quit. I wish I’d stuck with it.” The truth … Read more How to Motivate Children to Learn New Skills Without a Daily Battle of Wills

Improve Your Child’s Math Skills with a Dartboard

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Please note – some of the links below are affiliate links. If you click on them and make a purchase, I may receive a small commission at no additional cost to you. I only recommend products I love and have used personally. Thank you for supporting my blog. It’s Saturday morning. You pull out the … Read more Improve Your Child’s Math Skills with a Dartboard

Teach Kids To Be More Independent With A Calendar Routine

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You have to leave the house in five minutes! Your youngest begs for help to put on his shoes and your eldest has just announced he can’t find his homework. You’re scolding your children while you frantically search for jackets, back packs, and water bottles. Does this sound like a morning at your house? We … Read more Teach Kids To Be More Independent With A Calendar Routine

Make Easy Gingerbread Houses with Children

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Make easy gingerbread houses with children and create learning opportunities, too. When I first started teaching, my grade level partner suggested making gingerbread houses with our second graders. Sure, I thought. How hard can it be? Well, it can be pretty hard. But, the children loved it! These easy gingerbread houses are perfect for children … Read more Make Easy Gingerbread Houses with Children

The Learning Benefits of a Children’s Calendar Routine

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“Mom, when is it going to be my birthday?” my three-year-old asks. “Well, in September it is Ollie’s birthday, October is Halloween, November is Thanksgiving, Christmas comes in December. Then, it’s your birthday in January!” “How many days?” “Hmm…about 120.” “That’s a long time!” my youngest wails. “Ollie gets presents now.” Trying to explain the … Read more The Learning Benefits of a Children’s Calendar Routine

How to Encourage Your Children to Read by Expanding Their Reading Repertoire

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How to Raise Grateful Kids in a Materialistic World

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Please note – some of the links below are affiliate links. If you click on them and make a purchase, I may receive a small commission at no additional cost to you. I only recommend products I love and have used personally. Thank you for supporting my blog. On the way home from school yesterday, … Read more How to Raise Grateful Kids in a Materialistic World