Family Book Club Week 3: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

Family Book Club - week 3

Wow! Part 1 of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea was exciting wasn't it? How are you and your little readers enjoying the story? Leave a comment here or email me directly at [email protected] We want to know how it's going at your house! Are you having trouble finding time to read? Are the kids excited to read along with you? Are both Mom and Dad reading along? Reading Goal This week read chapters 10-12. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Discussion Questions & Activities Asking questions and making predictions while you read is a great way to make sure your kids are understanding the story. Books also make for great Continue Reading

Printable Valentine’s Day Joke Cards for Kids

So funny! Valentine jokes for kids can be used in lunch boxes or as printable valentine cards!

Valentine's day is right around the corner. Have you started making Valentine cards yet? Jokes have been going over so well at our house (Knock, Knock jokes are still the favorites) so I decided to make some printable Valentine Joke Cards. Printable Valentine's Day Joke Cards for Kids Get a FREE printable version of these Valentine's Day Joke Cards. What did the Valentine's Day card say to the stamp? Stick with me and you'll go places. What did the paint brush say to the paint? I love you with all my art. What did one volcano say to the other? I lava you. What did one pickle say to the other?You mean a great dill to me. What Continue Reading

Heart Craft for Preschoolers

easy heart craft for preschoolers

Doing learning activities with my kids will always be one of my favorite memories. As they’ve gotten a little older I’ve found that I am less involved in the creating and implementing of their activities. Now I’m more of an observer. While I adore the age they are now, I’m so glad this blog has given me a way (and a reason) to record those past moments. From our backyard volcano to sculpting with play dough, I have a story and pictures that capture those precious moments in our lives. I was actually thinking of this very topic recently when I came across a photography blog with gorgeous pictures of her kids preparing snack. It was such a Continue Reading

Letter I Activity: Ice Painting

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It's time for the Letter I activity! You can check out all of the letter activities shared on A Mom with a Lesson Plan. I'll admit this one is pretty messy. Of course I know you're not afraid of a little mess. I'll even give you some tips for creating a mess and cleaning up! Doing a little set up ahead of time makes the mess seems so much less messy. Letter I Activity: Ice Painting What you’ll need:  Letter I, paper, glue, paint, ice cube tray To prepare the Letter I Activity; print out the Letter I, glue it on a piece of construction paper and write the word Ice on the bottom of the paper. Fill an old ice cube tray with paint (only Continue Reading

Family Book Club Week 2: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

Family Book Club - week 2

Did you enjoy the first week of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea activities and discussion questions? M and M begged me to continue reading (and we've read this one before). I hope your kids are just as excited. Remember to chat with us in comment section or email me directly at [email protected] (The feedback helps me shape the Family Book Club series so that it's a fun and useful experience for everyone.) If you haven’t done so already pick up your copy of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, you can join the fun anytime. This is an affiliate link, but as always I encourage you to check your local library Continue Reading

Positive Parenting Solutions for a YELL FREE Home

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What's going on at your house right now? At ours there is way too much yelling, nagging and reminding coming from me. YUCK! The worst part is I know better! Whenever I get into one of these not so great cycles I know it’s time for a reboot. Once I’m on a positive (and patient) page, the entire house seems to settle into a more cooperative and happy place. Luckily I know right were to turn… … and I’m inviting you along. ***UPDATE*** The  webinar I hosted is over, but Amy McCready hosts these same webinars regularly. Here is a link to find the next Positive Parenting Webinar. On Tuesday February 3rd at 10am PST (1pm EST) I’ll be Continue Reading

6 Reading Tips for Parents to Make Reading Easy

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Getting M and M to sit down and read independently has been a struggle from the beginning. Both of them love books. Both of them love having books read to them. Both of them "hate" reading on their own. I'll spare you the details of how badly this book loving Mom reacted to that realization! (Not my finest Mom moments.) Once I was done grieving the idea that my kids would not be bookworms, I decided it was time to make a plan. Today I've partnered with Reading Eggs to bring you these reading tips for parents that have made reading both easy and fun at our house! Reading Tips for Parents that Make Reading Easy Reading Time. This year Continue Reading