Tips to Lessen Reading Rivalry in Your Home Plus games to encourage friendly learning with your family

reading rivalry -- how to respect learning differences in your home

Anyone with a sibling knows all about sibling rivalry, it’s a natural struggle in homes and always has been. Children are so competitive with each other because they, just as adults, need something and someone to judge themselves against, a sort of mile-marker in life. With a sibling who’s always around, it’s natural to compare. This makes it excessively difficult for parents who see children learning to read at different paces, especially children who are close in age. When one child so … [Read more...]

Numbers, Counting and Place Value with Cheerios Plus, the Best Mentor Texts for Enhancing Your Math Lessons with Reading

how to teach place value and math using cheerios

Sure, kids can count. If they’ve memorized really well and “get” the pattern, they can count to a hundred! But do they know what all those numbers mean? When he was a preschooler, I realized that my son was easily reciting his numbers without the knowledge of place value (tens, hundreds, thousands). So, I pulled out the Cheerios (our favorite counting food) and several plastic cups. Counting by tens We placed a handful of Cheerios into the first cup and estimated the number of cereal … [Read more...]

Early-Summer, Daylight Savings Time and a Fire-Safety Reminder Because this is how my train of thought works

daylight savings time thoughts and things to remember

It’s 80 degrees this week in Pennsylvania. We pulled out the summer clothing and are ready to turn on the sprinklers and play play play. This morning while getting ready for school one of the kids offered a classic Spring weather line: “homework? Oops!” While his brother responded, “teachers shouldn’t be allowed to give homework on summer-weather days in winter!” (He is so right. I’m going to pass his opinion on to my pre-teacher undergrads.) [This sponsored post contains affiliate … [Read more...]

Easy Ways to Reinforce Letter Learning and Reading Skills While Cooking with Your Kids

a few simple and fun tips for working on reading with your kids

I never need an excuse to bake or be creative in the kitchen, and I love it when my kids join in the fun. Not only does cooking together offer the opportunity to bond with children, it also helps them to expand their palettes, and it’s an excellent learning opportunity. How to reinforce reading skills while cooking Use Kid-Friendly Cookbooks Have a few child-friendly cookbooks on hand and easily accessible to your children. Encourage your kids to help you create your meal menus by paging … [Read more...]

Difficult Conversations: How to talk with tweens about making responsible choices

how to talk to kids about alcohol

A few months ago, Big had his first current events assignment of his sixth grade school year. While he searched CNN and CNN Student News for  an interesting topic to read, summarize and analyze, I looked forward to a discussion about war, elections, or baseball. His article of choice took me by complete surprise. He found an article about the availability of common use materials being used by students to get high. Twelve years old, and he was profoundly interested in the topic because, he … [Read more...]

How old is too young to attend a Broadway show? I ask a theater about theater age policy

minimum age for broadway theater

One of my favorite perks of Julieverse is being able to review movies and shows for families -- sharing how appropriate a story's portrayal may be for children, the "types" of people who may like the show and how to complement viewing a show or film with learning and enrichment at home. Over the years, I've refined my review system to focus on what I feel is most important about taking your child to a quality show or movie. Repeatedly, I'm asked about recommended ages for theater and if … [Read more...]

4 Tips to Help Your Child Become a Global Citizen

Things you can do with your kid to help them become global citizens

As parents we understand that it takes more than reading, writing and arithmetic to raise children who will not just succeed, but thrive in life. The lessons learned in school help them become educated and socialized to become a productive member of society. Then there are the life lessons we instill within the comfort of our own walls. But what about the bigger picture? How do we raise our children to be students of life and the world? Isn't it also our job to raise children who want to do … [Read more...]

Today. We can work and work and work for our futures. But don't let that take away your today.

As important as it is to prepare for our futures, don't forget to do things for today

Last month, I participated in a sponsored post campaign and twitter party with the National Honor Society and National Junior Honor Society. The topic: honor your future now, had me spinning my mind through all the ways we should encourage our kids to do more for their future. For the post, I focused on defining success and working toward your goals today so that you can achieve more tomorrow. I liked the post. I loved the suggestions. It was everything Type-A, everything leadership and … [Read more...]

How to Help Your Children Define Their Future Success #HonorYourFutureNow encourages kids to build skills for success

success can be defined many ways -- help your child learn skills to be more successful

This morning, I shared with Big that I needed to carve out some time to work on this sponsored post about the National Honor Society's goal to encourage kids to honor their futures in the present. Through their new campaign, #HonorYourFutureNow, the NHS and NJHS (National Junior Honor Society) are sharing new resources for student members and hoping to empower all students to build skills and experience within five proven pillars. Our local schools have NHS chapters, but NJHS is not active in … [Read more...]

Subscription Boxes You’ll Want to Gift (or Receive) This Holiday

the best subscription boxes to gift

Subscription boxes are growing in popularity and, therefore, growing in availability. A quick Google Search for "Subscription Boxes" overwhelms you with choices. Here are 5 of our favorite boxes (some with discounts) to make your holiday shopping easier. Click on either the links or the images to take advantage of the listed discounts. (Links are affililate or promotional links. Thanks!) Love Goodly What will you find in your LOVE GOODLY Box? Every other month receive 5-7 full-size … [Read more...]