Easy Lunch Idea: Mac & Cheese with Hidden Veggies

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Is it just me or is lunch a challenge for you?  Dinner seems so much easier, for some reason!  It's almost like I forget that I'm in charge of lunch until it is lunch time.  :)  About 11:59am, I start scouring the house trying to think of something to feed my kids that I know they eat while also getting some fruits and veggies in too.   To broaden our Horizons (pun-intended), we decided to try out … [ Keep reading… ]

27 Ways to Learn with Ping Pong Balls

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Ping Pong balls have quickly become my favorite learning manipulative.  They are cheap.  They are great for kinesthetic learners.  They are easy to customize.  And did I mention they are cheap?!?!   Seriously...you can buy a bag of 144 white ping pong balls for about six or seven bucks here.  This one pack would probably get you through the majority of the activities in this post! … [ Keep reading… ]

Four Leaf Clover Hundreds Chart Activity

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After we made our Valentines Day Hundreds Chart Activity, I thought it would be fun to make one for St. Patrick's Day as well!   This Four Leaf Clover Hundreds Chart activity is great for helping children see patterns in the hundreds chart and use clues from the remaining numbers to fill in the missing numbers.   Download the Four Leaf Clover Hundreds Chart activity here.       … [ Keep reading… ]

Rainbow and Pot of Gold Baskets

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A couple years ago we made some super cute fabric Easter baskets using balloons.  I made these every Easter with my first graders and it was a fun tradition to continue at home with our boys.  I thought it would be fun to make a miniature version in honor of St. Patrick's Day, so we made these adorable Rainbow and Pot of Gold Baskets!   The only problem was, I couldn't get the water … [ Keep reading… ]

Split Pea Soup

Delicious Split Pea Soup

I have to make a confession.  (Shhhh...I don't like peas.)  I never have and, though I will eat them if served to me or if I serve them as a side for our kids, they aren't a vegetable I particularly enjoy.  Just keep that in mind when you scroll through this recipe...because even people who don't like peas can LOVE this hearty, delicious, healthy soup!   A few months ago when I wasn't … [ Keep reading… ]

30+ Hands-On Word Family Activities

Hands-on Word Family Activities

  Beginning readers can benefit greatly from learning and implementing word families.  Here is what I share regarding phonograms (the fancy word for word families) in my I Can Teach My Child to Read eBook:   "Another strategy that has proven to be helpful for many children is the teaching of phonograms.  We often refer to these as “word families” because the onset (beginning sound … [ Keep reading… ]