The two things you must do to prepare for a conference (or industry event)

before your next conference, read (and do) this!

In my broad workload of careers from marketing to education and back again, I've learned, through trial and error, that there's a right way and a wrong way to attend a conference, an educational course or a networking opportunity. Actually, there are several, but today I'm focusing on a professional core necessity: creating a purpose. All through my education and much of my professional life, I attended conferences, meetings and educational opportunities. When asked why I was there, I'd … [Read more...]

What is Litter? Earth Day Activities for Young Children

Earth Day activities for kids to learn about litter. Great for preschool, kindergarten and elementary

In honor of Earth Day (April 22), here are several quick, easy lessons and activities to use with young children to tie-in to your celebration. These lessons are suitable for children in grades pre-kindergarten through second grade. What is Litter? Helping young children understand litter with The Wartville Wizard Prior to reading about litter with Little and her friends, I was surprised to learn that not all of the four year olds were familiar with the word “litter.” Together, we defined … [Read more...]

This weekend: Discovery Weekend at Barnes & Noble — have fun AND shop your list

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The fact that I'm all about the shop (that's a verb) is no surprise to anyone. And while I love the convenience of kicking it back with no-hassle online shopping 360 days a year, there are those 5 or 6 days when I actually enjoy getting out and into the spirit of live shopping. In real life. You know. Touching and scanning and perusing. Okay. Fine. I'll admit it. I go to Barnes & Noble way more than 5 or 6 days a year.  My local B&N? They know me.  And this time of year, they … [Read more...]

Worst Day Ever

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Since begin introduced to it as a second grade teacher, I've loved Judith Voirst's Alexander and the Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Day. A simple story, there were so many writing and discussion prompts to expand upon the story and help children to make connections. So when Disney announced they were creating a movie based on the book, I was so excited to see the theatrical expansion of the story. And, last weekend at the Fandango Family preview, I wasn't disappointed. An … [Read more...]

Making Fit Fun for the Little Ones

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I love opportunities to encourage kids to get moving, and while my kids are already super active, new ideas are always embraced. We were recently were sent samples of LeapFrog's new LeapBands to encourage Little and her friends (ages 4-7) to be even more active, while having a lot of fun and being encouraged by a little digital critter. The LeapBand is a digital tracker, only it's a lot more fun than the fitness trackers parents wear. Designed by LeapFrog, it has character similar to … [Read more...]

#PURELLLendaHand partners with Champions for Kids and our kids take the assignment even further

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It all started a few weeks ago. I kept hearing the good old "I wants" and "I needs" and "I have to gets." It being Summer, it seemed even more prominent. When I finally had heard enough, I pulled out the same speech we've all said and we've all heard: you already have so much! Don't forget there are kids who don't have anything near what you have. Think about everything you really, really need. And how much that costs. Think about the kids who have trouble getting things like a healthy dinner. … [Read more...]

Captain America – The Winter Soldier review

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Unable to attend the screening of Captain America - The Winter Soldier, I asked a my friend, Tony Mauro, to take his buddies and offer Julieverse readers a review from a Dad's perspective. Captain America – The Winter Soldier was an action-packed adventure from start to finish. As a movie go-er, I was impressed by the story, cinematography & special effects. As a businessman, I am marveled by Marvel. They have really developed the magic formula from the timing of their releases to the … [Read more...]

Were you fooled today?

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I love April Fools Day. A few years ago, I fooled my kids by serving jello-lemonade as an after school snack. Each year since, they expect a fool up to par with one as great as that. This year, as I'm still working my way back into the routine after our weekend getaway to TypeA Conference and Walt Disney World, I'm not quite as prepared, but I do have a little plan to play for dinner tonight. It'll be a verbal message, something about how we're moving to Louisville in a few weeks because Daddy … [Read more...]

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) with measurement, it helped the children to encompass meaning. Of course, the larger the number, the more difficult to fully grasp. For example, to teach … [Read more...]