Help Save the Monarch Butterflies (and give your kids an awesome learning opportunity!)

Help Save the Monarch Butterflies (and give your kids an awesome learning opportunity!)

Each year, the last generation of Monarch Butterflies makes an amazing journey from points north in Canada and North America to their wintering grounds in Mexico.  Monarchs are facing rapid population decline.  Much milkweed, the plant necessary to Monarch survival, is lost as grasslands are converted for growing crops.  The…

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Ninjago Legos and six lessons learned as a result of following our kids’ interests

Ninjago Legos and six lessons learned as a result of following our kids’ interests

Ninjago is a fascinating Lego series (to kids…and their dads) that has been made more enthralling by the dvd series released with it, chronicling the adventures of the young ninja.  There is enough intrigue and danger to make it more exciting for “big kids” than your average “little kid” show,…

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Literacy-Your child’s connection to the world

Over  the last few months, I have learned many new things about the world by reading the blogs of individuals and families who are traveling full time or extensively.  I have fantasized about following in their footsteps and traveling full time with my own family.  One of the first questions…

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Science and Writing for Preschoolers

Sometimes following your child’s interests forces you to look under an old piece of wood in the yard and discover all the creatures who live there.  This has become an annual ritual for my four year old.  He is fascinated by what can be found in the yard in the…

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Blending Math and Writing for Preschoolers

A conference with my four year old’s teacher alerted me to the fact that my son has not fully mastered number recognition.  He learned his numbers so early and with so little help from me that I thought we were good in that respect, but we have apparently not practiced…

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Writing Motivators for Preschoolers

I was concerned that my four year old son was struggling with fine motor coordination and was showing very little interest in early writing activities.  He has been reluctant to go to preschool and shared that he did not like working in his handwriting book.  Handwriting books in preschool?  Hmm,…

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