Family Game Night or Morning or Mid Afternoon…no matter when you play together, it’s one of the best things you can do with your kids…and other adults when the kids go to bed;) Here’s one of our new and top played games in our game hutch. I had never heard of multi- award winning Dixit or […]

If You Give a Daughter a Book about a Mouse Who Wants a Cookie


My kids have all loved this whole series of books by Laura Numeroff. For some book club time with my middle daughter, nearly 4 at the time, this was a perfect match. I had come across “lapbooks” and wanted to give it a try. There are dozens of websites and blogs with a jackpot of […]

Flour Power


My time in early childhood classes (and the fact that messes find me) made me a huge fan of sensory experiences for my kids. Take a skill from a worksheet, remove pencil and paper, add flour (or sugar or pudding or whipped cream), and wah-lah….more fun and extra credit when it’s edible. Here the kids […]



If you do one thing with your child each day….read, read, read. Read early. Read often. Read even when you are tired. 5 minutes. Read even when you are busy. Read with funny voices. Read in a soft voice when you need to calm the room. Read books and magazines and poems and newspapers and cookbooks […]

The End


My 4 year old son had read the word “End” on the microwave when I was cooking his oatmeal one morning. ALERT-ALERT, TEACHABLE MOMENT! 😉 I whipped out one of our whiteboards and jumped on it in between bites of oatmeal. ME: “Dawson, can you write the word “end”? Awesome buddy. If you can write […]