Be a Learning Hero: Understanding Common Core for Parents

Understanding Common core - help for parents! YAY... just what I needed

There have been some big changes in the schools lately. Change can be scary, no matter how it's packaged. When it threatens how we feel about supporting our kids and their education, it's not just scary... it's terrifying. Helping our kids succeed at school is something we all want to do. It's a big part of our very important job as parents. The fears and concerns about Common Core have not gone unnoticed. And today I get to tell you about a new resource that's been created just for us! Just for those parents who want so desperately to be in their little learner's corner. Who want to raise lifelong learners and thinkers. I've Continue Reading

20 Things to do with Kids in Southern California


When I was 2 years old my parents moved our family to Southern California... we've been here ever since.  I never had to leave to understand just how lucky I am to have spent the last 35 years in this beautiful area. Not only do we have gorgeous weather all year long, we could literally visit the beach and the mountains on the same day. Making this list was so much fun. I've included some adventures we've already enjoyed and some places that are still on our "must try" list! Whether you are living in California or just stopping in for a visit, this list will help you find some memorable ways to spend your time in Southern Continue Reading

18 Funny Earth Day Jokes the Kids will Love

Printable Earth Day jokes for kids -- these cracked us up!

Earth Day is right around the corner, luckily I have a list of last minute Earth Day activities all ready to go! One of these days I will actually get ahead of a holiday season. (Or maybe not. :) ) Big M and Little M love when I put silly jokes in their lunch box. Of course the knock, knock jokes were a HUGE hit, but it's also been fun to find jokes for each holiday. The jokes for this list were a little trickier to come up with... there are not many Earth Day jokes out there! I am happy with the end result but would love for you to add any Earth Day or nature jokes you like in the comment section. 18 Funny Earth Day Jokes Continue Reading

Simple and Pretty Collage Easter Egg Craft

Easter Egg Craft (1)

I was not one bit prepared for Easter this year! Maybe because it's so close to the beginning of April or maybe because the kids are having a late spring break. Whatever the reason, I'm scrambling this week to get into the Easter spirit. I finally bought the eggs for egg painting and stuffed some plastic eggs for a sound matching game. When my niece J came to visit yesterday and wanted to do an Easter egg craft, I loved the idea. Since I wasn't prepared I had to use what we had on hand. The results were even cuter than I expected. (I love it when that happens.) I've teamed up with Elmer's and Scholastic to share something really cool Continue Reading

How to Choose a Preschool Series…Part 3

what to look for when choosing a preschool

Now you have the phone numbers, you've asked the over the phone questions, and even set up the appointment. . .what else do you need to know? The first couple of steps into the door can tell you a lot about a preschool. Here is a list of the things that I think are really important, the things that pull me in or have me running the other way. How to Choose a Preschool: What to Look For at the Visit Noise. A room full of 3-5 year olds should not be quiet!  If you listen for a minute, you should be able to hear happy chatter. Children talking with one another as they paint, build and read. Teacher/Child interactions. While you are Continue Reading

How to Choose a Preschool Series…Part 2

what to ask when searching preschools over the phone

For part one of the How to Choose Preschool Series we covered collecting preschool phone numbers. Now that you have a list of numbers you may be wondering how to narrow that list down. Obviously you are not going to waste your time visiting 20 preschools. You can find out a lot about a preschool over the phone, and chances are you can eliminate half the list with a few good questions. Here is the list I used. How to Choose a Preschool: Calling Around (what to ask) As I told you before, I kept the list of preschool numbers in the same place. As I wrote them out, I recorded their name and number, leaving a space for my notes. Make sure you Continue Reading

How to Choose a Preschool Series…Part 1

How to find numbers and choose a preschool

Looking for a preschool for my M and M was overwhelming, stressful and quite frankly a bit frustrated. When I left one preschool disappointed that it was just not right, even though I was certain it would be, I had a thought. I have taught in both a center and a home family child care. I am educated in early childhood. I know what to look for! If knowing how to choose a preschool is hard for me, it must be unbelievably difficult for someone who has never so much as walked into a preschool. I have divided this post into three parts.  Part 1 How to Choose a Preschool: Finding Preschool Phone Numbers.  Part 2 Calling Around (what to ask). Part Continue Reading