visual timer for kids

How a Timer Can Help Your Kids 4

Back when I was teaching elementary school, I discovered just how useful a timer could be in the classroom. It wasn’t too long into motherhood, that I knew it would come in handy in this realm as well. I remembered a specific type of timer that a kindergarten teacher I […]


Come join the Kid Lit Blog Hop

Kid Lit Blog Hop 63

If you’re an author, publisher, or blogger, feel free to link up a post related to children’s literature. If you’re a person wanting to see what’s happening in the world of kid-lit, please poke around the link-up and pop in on any posts that look interesting to you. Be sure […]


learn w play ebook

Learn With Play Book Launch 1

I was so excited to get my hands on a copy of the newly released, Learn With Play: 150+ Activities for Year-round Fun and Learning, that I immediately dug in and started trying out some of the activities with my three year old. This book that is loaded with fun […]


Help Your Kids get more from Story Time

Help Your Kids get More from Story Time (Pre K Version) 8

Reading to your children (or any children you care for) is one of the best ways to have a positive impact on their future. If you’re interested, you can read more about the Benefits of Reading to Children. While just reading to your child is a wonderful practice that benefits your […]


Sammy Steals Show

Book Review: Sammy Steals the Show

About the Book Title: Sammy Steals the Show (a Bird Brain Book, #10) | Author: Emlyn Chand | Illustrator: Noelle Giffin | Publication Date: May 28, 2014 | Publisher: Evolved Publishing | Pages: 56 | Recommended Ages: 3 to 8 Book Description: Sammy is a talented young cockatiel who loves […]


Busy Bag Name Activity

Spell Your Name Busy Bag 11

  The other day I was looking through my daughter’s puzzle/game storage bin to find something for her to do when I discovered some foam letters I had long ago bought at the dollar store and promptly forgotten about. Pooky has been naming her letters a lot lately, so I […]


Ways to make summer break go smoothly

Guest Post – Keep Your Cool While Kids are on Summer Break 2

I’m guest blogging over at 2 Crochet Hooks about ways you parents (and other caregivers) can make these days of summer vacation go more smoothly even though you may already be ready to send the kids back to school. Head over to see my tips on ways to keep your […]


Come join the Kid Lit Blog Hop

Blog Hop 62 and Facebook Link-up

If you’re an author, publisher, or blogger, feel free to link up a post related to children’s literature. If you’re a person wanting to see what’s happening in the world of kid-lit, please poke around the link-up and pop in on any posts that look interesting to you. Be sure […]


Bubbles: Big Stink in Frog Pond

Review of Bubbles: Big Stink in Frog Pond 4

About the Book Title: Bubbles: Big Stink in Frog Pond | Author: Ben Woodard | Illustrator: Fran Riddell | Publication Date: June 15, 2015 | Publisher: Miller-Martin Press | Pages: 32 | Recommended Ages: 3 to 7 Book Description: Bubbles is causing a stink. And the other frogs are not […]


Tips for showing the joy of reading

Help Your Kids Discover the Joy of Reading 4

My post, The Benefits of Reading with Children,  turned out to be much more popular than I’d predicted. The interest this post generated along with a recent conversation with a friend who is mom to a hesitant reader has inspired me to turn this topic into a mini-series of posts about reading […]