Chapter Books for Early Readers Moving Beyond Captain Underpants

Early reader chapter books beyond captain underpants

This post includes affiliate links. Thank you. Summers ago, my then-rising second grader spent his first grade year obsessed with Captain Underpants. Obsessed. He found the ol' cap'n after first exploring the Super Diaper Baby book series at the school book fair. About two weeks later, I received "thank you" emails from classmates' moms. The boys were finally reading. And reading. And, to be honest, at that time it didn't really matter that the graphic novels were written in phonetics and that … [Read more...]

Creating New Years Resolutions with your kids

kids new years resolutions

This time of year, everyone’s running off to make New Year’s Resolutions. This makes it a great time to teach your children about setting goals, and can be done in a few segments. DEFINE RESOLUTION Enhance your child’s vocabulary by talking about the meaning of resolution. Discuss what it means to resolve to do something and how you set goals. This is a great opportunity to express that not all goals are reached, but that if we work hard and try, we make huge steps. GOALS FOR CHILDREN … [Read more...]

Teaching kids about the economy

teaching kids about the economy

While teaching community to my second grade students, I introduced them to Dorptown and the children worked on creating their own community. Our currency was based on the Dorp, which was designed by one of the students. All the children became contributing members of the community–taking on jobs such as realtor, banker and shop owner (they made their own product line.) The most popular shop in Dorptown was the pizza shop–one student brought a toaster oven to school, as well as supplies … [Read more...]

A List of the Best Books to Read This Summer But don't stop with Summer! These are books you'll love year round.

An excellent list of books

To purchase any of these must-read books that I loved so much I had to share them with you, or add a book to your Amazon Wishlist, please click on either the image or the blue, underlined affiliate link. Thank you for supporting Julieverse. You, like a zillion of my friends, are looking for a great next book, yes? You want a can't-put-it-down masterpiece that gets your mind moving, inspires you, and loses you. You want a book that makes you feel feelings. Perhaps you'll have hours at the pool, … [Read more...]

How to watch the Olympics in Rio 2016 while you're lounging on your comfy couch in the USA

how to watch the 2016 Olympics with NBCUniversal Comcast and xfinity

[We were hosted to a night of fun from Comcast and xfinityX1. This post was written in appreciation.] I'll be the first to admit that I prefer the Games to happen every four years. I loved the excitement of Olympic years -- how our entire year became a year of pride and enthusiasm. We were glued to our TVs for several weeks, both summer and winter, and our chants and cheers of USA! USA! filled our hearts, ears, bones and lungs. We lived and breathed our national pride. True, three … [Read more...]

July Book of the Month Picks

july book of the month selections

I recently subscribed to the Book of the Month Club affiliate program (therefore, all links, below, are affiliate links) and am so excited to share with you their July book picks -- especially because the books are new to me, too, and I can't wait to add them to my super long list. (A list that I am remiss in sharing with you and hope to share soon!) Join the club with 30% Off 3-Month Subscription to Book of the Month. You'll also receive a free tote and sunnies with code SUMMER30. Love … [Read more...]

Writing Activity: Create ABC Books with Your Children Great for home or school, this activity crosses the curriculum

how to make an ABC book -- lots of ideas in this post

Learning and playing are two things that can so easily happen together, in your everyday life, just by taking advantage of the things around you. An ABC scrapbook – whether elaborate or basic-- incorporates many learning skills including reading, letters, writing, drawing, photography, science and social studies. [This post contains affiliate links. That means that when you click on a link and purchase something, I may earn a few pennies. Thank you!] There are several types of ABC Books … [Read more...]

May Meal Plan Making Your Dinner Planning Easier this Spring

dinner planner for the month of may

May brings us lots of hours to spend outside, it's never a popular month to be stuck at your desk, stressing over the best meals to plan for dinner. Use the meal plan, below, to plan out your month of dinners for your family. Shuffling as necessary to make them work best for your family’s busy Spring schedule this month. You’ll find a mix of grilling dinners, make-ahead dinners and dinners using fresh items.   Want to know more about meal planning? Read my basic tips for meal … [Read more...]

April Meal Plan 1 month of dinners for your family

This blog has a seasonal menu for the entire month of April. Lots of Spring dinners, plus Passover options. SO great for a family meal plan!

    Use the plan below, shuffling as necessary to make a menu that works best for your family’s busy spring schedule. You’ll find a mix of grilling dinners, make-ahead dinners and dinners using fresh items. Want to know more about meal planning? Read my basic tips for meal planning post. And to get meal plans in your email inbox, subscribe to the Julieverse daily emails (plus you’ll receive other Julieverse posts each day.) Week 1 Monday: Apricot Glazed Ham with Potatoes … [Read more...]

Panasonic Blender + BlenderBoyz = BSE That's Best Snack Ever, TYVM

easy smoothies in about 1 minute

A few months ago, I attended an event at the Panasonic Headquarters where I was wowed by the innovation that goes far beyond the TVs, cameras and shavers. While the event focused on kitchen and home products, I couldn't get past the many elements of Panasonic working to help our world. (And two days later I left for a week vacation, then came back and got a job... so I've been pretty lax about telling you about Panasonic. Hopefully, you followed along on my twitter, facebook and instagram … [Read more...]