2008, 2016

How To Make A Chair Pocket for Under $2.00

Get organized with a chair pocket for under $2.00
A chair pocket is a wonderful way to organize writing tools such as notebooks and papers or store your books.
Recently, I was searching for a pattern to create a chair pocket. I love the ability to store your book in the pocket in the chair that […]

2310, 2015

7 Top Magazines For Kids That Keep Them Reading

Magazines are delightful; they’re like stepping into a real world without all the pages of a novel. ~ Pamela Hall

Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with any of these companies. I am not doing a sponsored post for them. I am simply sharing what I think are quality magazines that get children hooked on reading.
Do you […]

2703, 2015

How To Help A Struggling Speller

My children seemed to live by this quote:

“Anyone who can only think of one way to spell a word obviously lacks imagination.” – Mark Twain

They have some crazy, inventive ways to spell words.
However, there is hope. With a sequential system and lots of practice, your struggling speller will have spelling success.
In the last post, […]

1611, 2014

5 Amazing Versions Of A Christmas Classic

 Christmas Books For Your Family

I will honor Christmas in my heart and try to keep it all the year.
Charles Dickens

T’was the night before Christmas and all through the house not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse…
Reading this poem by Clement Moore at Christmas time is a Christmas tradition in our home. Jan Brett’s […]

811, 2014

5 Ways To Kill Your Child’s Motivation To Write

 

If I waited until I felt like writing, I’d never write at all. ~ Anne Tylor

I hear people say this frequently, “My child doesn’t like to write. How do I get them to write.” Well, the truth is that children love to write. What they hate is red ink all over their paper and no […]

2710, 2014

Alliteration: Recognizing & Using It

 

5 Quick Ways To Incorporate Alliteration Into Your Language Lessons

“Tempted to type meaningless twaddle all the time on Twitter…with alliteration, no less!”- E.A. Bucchianeri

I love alliteration! I love how the words roll off the tip of my tongue. In fact, just saying the word is fun: al-LIT-eration, AL-literation, alliter-A-tion, Allitera-TION.   Children love alliteration too. […]

2310, 2014

Dumb Down Vocabulary: Do or Don’t?

Should parents and teachers dumb down vocabulary?

 
No, Don’t!

The Vocabulary Debacle
Today, while teaching a group of 4th- 6th graders fables and fairy tales, I said to the class, “If you have a sibling in the class you may only take one package of seeds. You may share with your sibling.” I heard a murmur, “What’s […]