3 ways to use art to enhance writing skills

art

No matter if they type of art, children can improve writing skills as they study different forms and apply their senses and stories into writing. Help your child select a form of art and, together, complete the following tasks to enhance his or her writing skills. (This is a great activity for Thanksgiving weekend or […]

The inside secret to help your child write a creative writing assignment

how to help your child write a creative writing assignment

For some children, writing comes easily. Others, it’s the dreaded white sheet of paper. It’s openness with no end in sight. It’s an assignment with too many right answers. It’s an assignment with no wrong answers. For children who see writing this way, a creative writing assignment (or any writing assignment) can cause them to lose sleep, […]

20 ways to volunteer for your child’s school

volunteer at school

Nearly every child wants his mom or dad to be involved in school. If only it were so easy for nearly every parent. Here are ways to help out beyond lunch duty.* Can you spend some of your day at school? Before volunteering to help in at the school, review your child’s school policy or […]

Teach kids to persuade

persuade

One of our favorite family games is Snake Oil. We’ve been playing it for about a year, creating new product ideas, then persuading others that our product will work and will be necessary in the real world. In playing, I learned something about my kids –they have a lot more persuasive power than I thought. […]

Is today the day to start over?

WGU makes it far easier to earn your advanced degree

I went to college in the 90s. The early 90s. It was so long ago, that we still had wired phones in our rooms, and having your own computer was fairly unique. There were no laptops in classrooms. And no YouTube videos to remind us how to do things. Office hours required, sometimes, lining up […]

Learning life in the 1700s: Philadelphia without a Cell Phone

what happens when you misplace your cell phone on a field trip to the city?

I’m so not a religious person. It’s really rare that I discuss G-d or Faith or anything ever, let alone on my blog. But, this story? Fate had a hand. We were due to school at 8:15 that morning. After a quick run to Wawa for coffee and donuts, we arrived about 2 minutes early, parked […]

Prep your kids and your homes for emergencies with the new Sparky app

fire safety app -- makes learning fire safety fun

Last week, the NFPA (National Fire Prevention Association) debuted their new app: Sparky and the Case of the Missing Smoke Alarms. Joined by fire prevention’s famous pup, Sparky, three kids are on a mission to solve a dangerous problem, and you and your kids can help save the day.   Upon opening the app (for […]

How we #ShareAwesome

Stealing a happy smile #Selfie #ShareAwesome

What will you share today? Will you #ShareAwesome? When you look back at your Facebook timeline or your twitter tweets, will you look at smiles and happy memories? Will you see love, friendship, support and motivation? I want my online legacy to be positive, so that those who learn about me online, will see the […]

KidStuff Coupon Books

kidstuff coupon book

I jumped back on the PTO bandwagon this year. Not that I ever jumped off, but I jumped onto a different one by becoming more active in our elementary school PTO for the first time. This year, I’m heading up the sales of the KidStuff Coupon Book, which is one of my favorite fundraisers for […]