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 [...]

Mom’s Back to School Checklist (free printable)

mom's back to school checklist-- be ready for the first day of school!

All around us, friends are preparing for Back to School. We’re seeing pictures on Social Media of friends in southern and western states celebrating the first day. Stores are advertising Back to School promotions and schools are sending out teacher letters. As much as we don’t want summer to end, it’s inevitable and I’d have my family be [...]

In defense of *a* Common Core

commoncore

Yesterday, March 24, 2014, it was announced that the State of Indiana withdrew from the Common Core standards, as Governor Mike Pence signed a bill to withdraw the state from participation. The reasons for the bill included that the government feel education should be determined on a more local (state) level. Indiana’s state education professionals [...]

How Big *is* a Billion?

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When I taught second grade, two of my favorite math units (and I had many) were measurement and place value. Teaching an 8-year-old about distance–be it time or space–was a difficult concept. Words have little meaning without being able to touch and see them. By connecting counting (tens, hundreds, thousands, millions, billions, and so on) [...]

Help your children express their feelings through writing: Journals kids enjoy

journals for kids

With the increase in journal-type books that kids have fallen into for giggles and inner-most thoughts (see last week’s post of new journal-style books kids love reading), journaling is something kids are enjoying more. Encouraging kids to write (or draw) in journals helps them to express their feelings and thoughts, and gives parents a greater opportunity to [...]