Poetry Challenge for Kids {Week 2}

Poetry challenge for kids during National Poetry Month. Learn to love poetry.

Welcome back to our (very casual) poetry challenge. Every Friday during National Poetry Month, I will be sharing one short, classic poem to read with your kids. The rules are very simple and flexible. You can learn all about them and get the first poem on the introductory poetry reading challenge post. Before I introduce… Keep Reading →

12 (Almost) Effortless Preschool Literacy Activities

Preschool literacy ideas for parents that take very little preparation. Easy to do at home!

Long time followers of this blog know that literacy and reading is one of my passions. My kids are no longer preschoolers, but I thought it would be of interest to many of you if I pulled together a bunch of super easy preschool literacy activities. These ideas will help lay a solid foundations for… Keep Reading →

More Plant Science: Regrowing Vegetables from Scraps

Introduce plant science to kids by regrowing vegetables indoors!

Observing how some vegetables magically regrow from scraps is a fascinating plant science project you can do at home with the kids even if you don’t have a yard! The boys and I are watching a few items regrow (or not in one case) in our small window greenhouse. I remember growing vegetables from scraps… Keep Reading →

Read Aloud Chapter Books for 3rd Graders

Great choices for chapter book read alouds that will appeal to ages 8 and up. 3rd, 4th and 5th graders. Some are good choices for younger siblings, too.

I am calling this a list of “chapter books to read aloud to 3rd graders”, because my older son is 9 years old and is in (you guessed it) third grade. However, the books on this list certainly can be enjoyed by 2nd, 4th and 5th graders, as well as kids older and younger. I… Keep Reading →

Poetry Challenge for Kids

Join the weekly poetry challenge for kids and parents. Perfect way to participate in National Poetry Month.

When I shared my list of culturally diverse poetry books earlier this week I issued a casual challenge for National Poetry Month (April). Today I’m issuing a more formal poetry challenge for kids to encourage you to share the joy of reading poems as a family. Don’t worry, though, I’m still keeping things simple (as… Keep Reading →

Game of the Month: Mine Shift

Mine Shift from Mindware is a strategy game for kids.

My oldest son spied the strategy board game, Mine Shift by Mindware, in the local toy store and decided then and there that he was going to save up his money to buy it. When I realized yesterday I still hadn’t posted a game of the month for March (yes, I’m on top of things… Keep Reading →

12 Simple Ways to Enjoy Spring with the Kids

Simple spring activities with kids that the whole family can enjoy.

Is the weather where you are allowing you to enjoy spring, yet? It is supposed to snow today! Nevertheless, I am dreaming, dreaming, dreaming about these simple spring activities and getting outside to explore nature with the kids. As you know, I want all my kid activities to be easy. Easy, easy, easy. There’s a… Keep Reading →

10 Diverse Poetry Books for Kids

A list of diverse poetry books for kids

Do you read poetry with your kids? Although I read a wide variety of children’s books, I don’t read as much poetry as I should. April is National Poetry Month and I’m giving myself a challenge: read one poem with the kids every night at bedtime. Will you join me? Just as I make an effort… Keep Reading →

Indoor Gardening Activity: Kid-made Plant Markers

Cute homemade plant markers for kids to make

This week I shared our indoor plant science observations and one of the ways the kids made their window garden special was to make plant markers to label each pot. We kept it very simple. You know by now that all my artsy-crafty projects are super simple. The purpose of a post like this is not… Keep Reading →

Plant Science Activity with Kids

Plant science activity to do at home with kids

Since we have no yard, much of the kids’ gardening learning happens indoors. Right now the boys and I are learning a little plant science by observing pots of various beans and seeds growing in the window. Despite the fact that I am an avid gardener, I’m embarrassed to say that it continues to be… Keep Reading →