Picture Books to Teach Empathy

Picture books to teach kids about empathy, understanding and entitlement.

This book list of picture books to teach empathy was inspired by one of you! A reader emailed me and asked for a list of books which would help her child to think a little bit less about worldly goods, and a little more about the importance of appreciating non-tangible values like generosity, humility, compassion and kindness….
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Game of the Month: Bananagrams

Bananagrams is a great game for literacy and learning.

I’m a bit behind on my game of the month posts. Did I miss two months? Ooops. Anyway. Our game of the month is a modern classic literacy game. It will remind you of Scrabble, but in my opinion it is a zillion times less stressful playing Bananagrams than playing Scrabble. Note: This post contains…
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Picture Books that Teach Kids to Combat Racism

Picture books to help talk to kids about racism.

Books are a great teaching tool, especially when it comes to talking to kids about tough subjects. Many parents might struggle with talking to their kids about institutionalized racism and prejudice and I hope these picture books about racism will help, because an open and honest dialogue is the only way our kids can work to combat…
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Word Puzzle Lunch Box Notes: “Wuzzles”

Word puzzle lunch box notes for literacy at lunch!

“Wuzzles”  are a type of word puzzle. A common idiom or phrase is illustrated using words, letters, symbols and/or numbers. They are similar in nature to a rebus puzzle, but do not use pictures. For example, the word “MAN” is placed over the word “BOARD”; the solution is “man overboard.” Last year I created tongue twister lunch…
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Water Refraction Science Experiment

water refrac materials

This water refraction science experiment has such a “wow factor” and is so quick and easy I can’t believe my kids and I haven’t done it before. It would fit right in with our DIY science camp series, too. Best of all, there is almost no set up, but once I showed it to the…
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School Frame Coloring Pages

Aunt Lilly's Landromat

Oh, school pictures. We all have at least one that makes us say, “Look at my hair!” This month’s coloring page from Melanie Hope Greenberg will help you frame your kids’ adorable school pictures so that they, too, can one day look back and say, “I was such a dork!” Print out the frames on…
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