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Writing in light
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Writing in light

So, here’s a pretty cool product. Crayola’s Glow Station is essentially a flexible white board made of a phosphorescent material. It comes with a pen-flashlight so kids can “write” (or draw) using light. At first, I thought it was a one-trick pony. My son used it the first time for […]

Scrabble time!
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Scrabble time!

The holidays are perfect for Scrabble. Turn off the TV, get out the board, pour the adults some red wine. Crack open a bag of Doritos. And create a new holiday tradition. Here’s the Scrabble board from our game last night. Because our son’s seven, he gets to double his […]

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Singin’ in the Brain

Singing helps children learn to read When my son was little, our life was a musical. If I could sing something rather than say it, I would. “We’re… puttin’ our shoes now, tying up the laces, goin’ to the park!” (to the tune of Top Hat, White Tie and Tails). […]

Hallowe’en is for learning
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Hallowe’en is for learning

No, not really – it’s for candy and for zombies. But in the midst of our Hallowe’en party today, I managed to sneak in some learning. We had hidden “eyeballs” (bouncy balls with corneas printed on them) in the backyard. Each child had to find five with their initials on […]

Why I love the library: Part I
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Why I love the library: Part I

There are so many great ways to enjoy the library. This post is the first of many, as I share with you a love of libraries. Being enthusiastic about libraries rubs off on children, and the library can become a place where kids feel comfortable and empowered. When my son […]

Hide-a-Kiss
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Hide-a-Kiss

Would your child read a sentence if he knew he’d be rewarded with a Hershey’s Kiss? For kids who are really resisting reading, here’s an idea that makes reading instantly fun and rewarding. Hide a Hershey’s Kiss in the child’s room. Then, put a note on his pillow that says […]