How to get Ready for the First Day of School

Back to school list - glad I found it!

The first day of school is really fun. It's full of fresh starts, new goals, friends and happy chatter. When you spend a little time getting ready for the first day... it's even better! Today I want to focus on the practical ways to get ready for the first day of school. Of course you'll also want to make it extra special. How to Get Ready for the First Day of School Make sure everyone is well rested -- Starting a new school year is full of excitement, anxiousness and maybe even a little nervous energy. All of those emotions will be easier to handle if the kids have had enough sleep. We just happen to use a bedtime trick that Continue Reading

Creative Kid Table Week 9: Cutting

cutting activity

YAY!!! I was so happy to hear such great things about the Creative Kid Table from my email friends. Since so many of you enjoyed the 8 week series I decided to extend it a bit. Are you one of my email friends? You should be! Sign up here!) My Mom has a favorite memory of when my sister and I were little. I know it's her favorite because she shares it again and again. She talks about us cutting for hours. No goal in mind or end product in sight... just cutting to cut. Isn't it funny how the simple things stand out?!? Today's creative kid table is inspired by that memory. Cutting to cut... Creative Kid Table Week 9: Cutting Day Continue Reading

18 Really Funny Math Jokes for Kids

math jokes for kids

At our house math is HUGE. I can't tell you how many times I've heard "Mom, give me a math problem." Even though math is not my favorite subject, I've had a lot of fun providing math activities that push them just a little further then they've gone before. I had a feeling these math jokes would be a big hit with the kids (and Hubby)... I was right. :) Are you a math loving family? Do you know any math jokes? Share them in the comments! I find the best jokes in the comments of my jokes posts. 18 Really Funny Math Jokes for Kids Print the Jokes What did zero say to eight? - Nice belt. Why was the math book sad? - Because it had Continue Reading

Handwriting Activities for Mechanics and Endurance

great list of handwriting activities for kids

With so much emphasis on typing both in academics and in our everyday lives, I really don’t worry that my kids won’t learn to be proficient typists (last night my 2 year old sat on his father's lap and created 60 pages of text “typing”) but I’ll admit that I do worry that their handwriting skills could suffer if I don’t create opportunities for them to practice regularly. Today I've teamed up with BIC® in the Fight For Your Write campaign. I just took the BIC® Fight For Your Write pledge and I want to share with you why: as my kids are getting older they use technology more and more for written communication and honestly I am OK with that; Continue Reading

Printable Book Report Template… Fun Reading Activity for Kids

Printable Book Report Templates

I have been busy brainstorming ways to get M and M excited about reading on their own. We do plenty of reading activities and this one just seemed to be a perfect fit for our new independent readers. I decided to create a printable book report template that I could easily print out for them when they reach the end of the book. (And since I was doing it for myself... well you know... I did it for you too! ;) ) 6 Printable Book Report Templates I made them very simple. After all we want this to be fun right! I made 6 different templates. They all ask for Title, Author and Illustrator. They all have a place for notes. But the bottom half Continue Reading

Creative Kid Table Week 8: Color Mixing

Experimenting with water

We have reached the final week of the Creative Kid Table. What a fun series it's been. I hope you have enjoyed it as much as I have! Today's creative play prompt is a favorite at our house. Mostly because it allows Little M to make a mess and explore color without too much "mess stress" on my end. Creative Kid Table Week 8: Color Mixing One of the best ways to learn about colors is to experiment with them. For this creative kid table add red, blue and yellow food coloring to small cups of water. Tips for successful creative play: If colored water makes you nervous ... move this one outside or to the bathtub! Everyone will Continue Reading

Making the Lunch Box Special (5 unique ways show the love)

I LOVE #3!!

With summer coming to an end it's time to start preparing for back to school. Every parent wants to make sure their children feel loved when they are at school. Not being there with them can make it hard to help brighten their day. But don’t worry; you can still bring a smile to your child’s face by being fun and creative with their lunch! Today I am teaming up with Shamrock Farms and Walmart to promote their back-to-school initiative for healthy and fun lunches, by packing one of three great milk flavors for your child’s midday protein punch - strawberry, chocolate or white milk! Shamrock Farms has created Roxie’s Midday Menu to help Continue Reading