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

Reconnect With Your Kids – Try a Tech-free Weekend

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“Show me any two people who have fun together frequently and I’ll show you a good relationship.” – Thomas W. Phelan, Ph.D. Do you have fun with your children? These days many parents are in survival mode. Lives are busy with work, extra-curricular activities, overseeing homework, and completing chores around the house. We are on … Read more Reconnect With Your Kids – Try a Tech-free Weekend

How to Choose Just Right Books – The Five-Finger Rule

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. Last week, my son came home from … Read more How to Choose Just Right Books – The Five-Finger Rule

How to Reinforce Positive Behavior and Catch Kids Being Good

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Reinforce positive behavior to see more of it. “Education is teaching our children to desire the right things.” ― Plato When we reinforce our children’s positive behavior and make a conscious effort to catch them being good, we’ll see more of this good behavior. Two Scenarios Does this sound familiar? Your children are playing a … Read more How to Reinforce Positive Behavior and Catch Kids Being Good

Win the Morning, Win the Day – Not With Young Children in the House

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Win the morning, win the day. We’ve all heard the expression. But, how do you win the morning when you have young children in the house? You don’t. But, you can make mornings more peaceful and set your children up for future independence by introducing a morning routine. Morning routines for children are important. Creating … Read more Win the Morning, Win the Day – Not With Young Children in the House