Sight Word Shuttle Runs

April 13, 2011

I went downstairs for a cup of coffee this morning and saw Ana playing a new game with Pea. This one combines sight words with fitness (i.e. “energy release”). How lucky are we that she’s able to make up stuff like this on the spot?!?! Pea is a very “high energy” kid. Sometimes when she’s […]

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I Spy With My Little Eye Recycled

March 28, 2011

Here’s a quick and easy twist on a game your kids already play that can help them work on their phonemic awareness. You are probably all too familiar with I Spy With My Little Eye, where your child guesses which object you see based on the color you tell them. For example, you may say, […]

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New Maurice Sendak Book This Fall!

March 25, 2011

Good news from the WSJ! The author of “Where the Wild Things Are” is publishing a new book, “Bumble-Ardy“, soon! This sounds like a pretty funny book, all about about a kid (pig) who celebrates his birthday for the first time when he turns 9.  Admittedly, there are some pretty high expectations already set, but […]

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Some Programming Notes

February 25, 2011

Some of you may have noticed the pace of new posts has slowed (even more) over the past couple of months. We’re very happy to tell you that the reason is that Ana is in a family way once again. For those of you who aren’t from the Southeast–she’s pregnant. Unfortunately for Ana, that means […]

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Rhyming Volleyball

January 31, 2011

We’ve been playing this phonemic awareness game lately to help Pea not only develop some physical coordination, but also strengthen her ability to think on her feet. It’s very easy to play, and lots of fun for the kids. Blow up a balloon and punch it into the air. As you hit the balloon, say […]

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Name That Book!

January 28, 2011

It’s probably not a stretch to guess that your young child has a few select books they like for you to read over and over (and over) to them. These are the books you’ve read so many times that your child can recite them back to you and can queue you when the page needs […]

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How And Why We Find Books At The Library

January 14, 2011

The last few  times I’ve taken the girls to the library, I’ve noticed that Chick Pea tends to gravitate towards books she’s somewhat familiar with. She has several books at home that are parts of a series (Dora, Mrs. Wishy Washy, Curious George, etc.) and if she sees a book she doesn’t own at the […]

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What Your Kids See You Read

December 28, 2010

I’ve read articles before (someone can provide links in the comments) about how important it is to have books around the house and to set an example for your kids by making sure they see you reading. But I’ve always looked at that as a general idea–just make sure they see that you read, and […]

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Blending Phonemes With Your Hands

December 22, 2010

We’ve been playing a game in our co-op that Pea loves so much she asks to play it by herself as well. She’s a tactile learner, and this game gives her an easy way to visually and physically learn about blending phonemes with her hands. For more information about blending phonemes, you can read our […]

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How To Give A Book As A Gift

December 15, 2010

Here are 105 Awesome Ideas from Mother Reader. There are some great ideas there for giving books to kids and adults alike.  These ideas should inspire you to come up with some other creative book giving ideas!

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