I am a big fan of stealth learning. When children are engaged in fun, hands-on activities, they are often unaware that they are practicing important skills. So much learning can happen through fantastic books, play, and games! Read More
Gone are the summer days when I could while away the hours reading everything ever written by an author. As a mother to three little people, I’m lucky if I can finish a chapter without interruption, let alone a series! But did you know that John Grisham has written a legal thriller series for young adults? Read More
Escape the Room games originally started as digital adventures. More recently, Escape the Room games have turned into physical adventures for small groups. Players are locked in a room and in order to escape, they must work together to find clues and solve puzzles. These in-person games have become widely popular across the globe. Now, ThinkFun has developed a tabletop Escape the Room game. Read More
June 26th marks the beginning of the Discover Channel’s annual and much-anticipated Shark Week. My children love to learn about sharks. Over the years, we have amassed quite the collection of shark-related reads! Read More
As a bookworm and homeschooling mom, I absolutely love a good read aloud. I always know I’ve picked a good one when my children reenact the book once the book has ended. Together, they travel to a world of play and imagination. The story fuels their interactions and sparks their creativity.
I thought it would be fun to share three of our family’s recent favorites. These read alouds are fairly new to us, and yet already well-worn. Each of these titles ignite creativity and imagination in my children. I hope your children love them too! Read More
Let’s face it: The news is scary.
It’s always been scary, but it has certainly upped the ante recently.
And this week? Downright painful.
When I was in 6th grade, I remember reading about Darwin and the theory of natural selection. I was wholly fascinated by it all. I fantasized about traveling to the Galapagos one day. I wanted to swim with the sea turtles and make important discoveries.
And then the Gulf War hit. Read More
As parents, we all know how important it is to read aloud to our children daily. Still, I will be the first to admit that it can be tough to reel in raucous toddlers. How do you get busy little bodies to sit still for a read aloud? Read More
My children love the movie ‘Finding Nemo’ and are over the moon about the upcoming ‘Finding Dory.’ Today, I’m sharing five of our favorite ‘Finding Nemo’–themed books to keep your children occupied until the big day! Read More
I don’t know about you guys, but with three kids 8 and under it gets pretty loud around here. I’m always on the quest to find educational activities that will provide a little bit of silence. My favorite way to do this is by using one-player games.
That’s where ThinkFun’s Back Spin comes into play. Read More
I don’t know about you guys, but I can never do all the things. Today, I’m going to tell you how I taught my 4-year-old to do laundry. Read More
I have one of those kids who understands higher-order math concepts but stumbles over the rote memorization piece of it. He makes careless errors because he’s always flying at full speed, and he hates back-tracking to remedy the situation. We are homeschoolers and, initially, this tendency resulted in heaps of power struggles. And tears. I want my children to love math, and to see the value in it. I want them to grow into adults who feel confident in math. How can we practice those skills without the never-ending battles? Is it possible to make it fun? Read More
My first baby was only five weeks old on my first Mother’s Day.
Like many mothers, I had Mother’s Day fantasies. You know the ones:
Breakfast in bed
A leisurely, hot shower
Heartfelt card and flowers
A hot meal at a restaurant
Go ahead, you can laugh. I’m laughing over here, too. We can be so naive the first time around, can’t we? Let’s just say that my first Mother’s Day was a stark contrast to the fantasies I coveted. Read More
I don’t know about you guys, but I love ThinkFun’s one-player logic games. My children never tire of ‘Laser Maze’ and ‘Gravity Maze’… and my husband and I love to play, too! Read More
There are countless benefits to music education, and you do not need to have a grand piano in your living room or weekly guitar lessons in order to incorporate music education into your home routine! Here are seven fantastic music-themed books for your family library. Read More
I know I am not alone in my love of Beverly Cleary. Cleary has helped to grow generations of readers. Today, my children love Henry Huggins and Ramona Quimby just as much as I did, decades ago. Read More
I don’t know about you guys, but depending on the time of day, I’m always looking for ways to do one of the following:
1. Wear my kids out.
2. Calm them down.
Recently, I stumbled upon a fun family game has helped me to accomplish both goals! It’s called ‘Yoga Spinner Game’ and it was created by ThinkFun. Read More
As an unexpected homeschooler, I am constantly on the hunt for fun and educational games… especially when it comes to math. Recently, I discovered a fantastically fun way to practice those mental math skills. It’s called ‘Math Dice Chase’ and is created by the fine folks over at ThinkFun. Read More
What if I told you that you could take your Connect Four love to the next level with an updated game that you can hold in the palm of your hand? Read More
My first real word, after Mama and Dada, was bookie. I would follow my mother around the house, like her little shadow, with a book in hand. All the while I’d be repeating, “Boooooookie bookie bookie bookie bookie!” Read More
You can’t go very far these days without hearing someone talk about STEM. Or STEAM. Or STREAM. Why is STEM so important? Are your kids getting enough STEM at home? Should you incorporate more STEM into your day? And, if so, how? Read More
One time, as a child, I built a fantastic fort that withstood four New England winters.
I was so proud of it! I would spend entire afternoons holed up in that sacred place. I’d get lost in an imaginary world, or while away the hours lost in a favorite book. I’d love to know how many books were read in that space!
Of course, my brothers and I built many forts over the years, both indoors and outdoors, but the outdoor forts reigned supreme. Read More
Referred to as intellectual peers in gifted literature, Portcullis Peeps are those friends who get you. Those friends around whom you are free to be your unabashed geeky self. Read More
My husband and I have this little trick we play on our children.
Every night, we try to get our three children in bed as close to 7:00 pm as possible. Our rule is that they need to stay in their rooms quietly and lights must be off. Oh, unless they feel like using this.
Are you scratching your head over there? Read More
There are some folks in this world who set out to homeschool. Homeschooling has always been a part of their life plan.
Then there are others who, for one reason or another, stumble into the world of homeschooling.
I never, in a million years, imagined myself here. Read More
We are getting down to the wire here, folks. Have you finished your shopping?
It can be so difficult to find the perfect gift. And then, sometimes, when you do, it’s way out of your price range.
Today, I’m sharing 4 amazingly memorable gifts that won’t break the bank. Read More
There’s no escaping the cold, hard truth: Children like to play with cardboard boxes. What is the plan for that, you wonder? I have two words for you: Cardboard STEM. Read More