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Tyson Project A+ for School Fundraising

Tyson Project A+ for School Fundraising

My kids’ school starts in just over a week. Schools everywhere, including my own, struggle with budget cutbacks, with parents asked more than ever to help out whether it’s to pay for the school bus, music lessons at school or sports team fees. Is there an easy way to help raise money? There is!

Tyson Project A+ for School Fundraising

Did you know about the Tyson Project A+initiative? It is one of the simplest ways to support your school. Just clip and redeem Tyson Project A+ labels from packages of Tyson® products. For every label you send in, they will give your school 24¢ to use the money for whatever it needs! Read more…

Back to School, Back to Music with Music & Arts

Back to School, Back to Music with #MusicArtsBTS

My kids usually take the summer off from their music lessons because they are not really around enough to practice their instruments. This summer, PickyKidPix more than she’s ever had during the summer because she said that it’s frustrating to her to go backwards from a summer hiatus. For flute players, it’s important for them to blow their flute every day, even if it’s just for 15 minutes.

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Donate to Your School with Box Tops Back to School Bonus

Donate to Your School with Box Tops Back to School Bonus

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of General Mills®. The opinions and text are all mine.

We have the most amazing Physical Education teacher at my son’s elementary school, Mr. Gary Nye. He makes P.E. fun for everyone. Every year, we save General Mills® Box Tops because he wanted to add a climbing wall to our school’s gymnasium and he was determined to earn the wall through the Box Tops.

PickyKidPix rock climbing

Do you know how many Box Tops it takes? It took him years to accumulate the necessary amount. My neighbors whose kids were in high school saved Box Tops for him. When we went trick or treating in the neighborhood, they would give me the Box Tops to give to him.

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A Teacher Pens Songs to Teach Kids History

A Teacher Pens Songs to Teach Kids History

Please welcome my guest author, 5th grade teacher Damien Drago today. He found a unique way to get his students excited about history: he writes and performs songs about American history!

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New Captain Underpants GIVEAWAY!

New Captain Underpants GIVEAWAY!

My son learned to read independently because of Captain Underpants and other graphic novels. He would actually ask me to take him to the library, which he often confuses for a book store, and head straight to the graphic novel section way in the back of the children’s section. He had very specific tastes in graphic novels and would scour the shelves for Captain Underpants, The Adventures of Super Diaper Baby, Ninjago, and that’s about it.

reading graphic novels

At the school book fair loaded with $25 in cash, he returned with The Adventures of Ook and Gluk, 100 Most Disgusting Things on the Planet and a lot of leftover money. Usually, we read together as shared reading partners. Not with these graphic novels. He would read them all himself, happily in his car seat on the way home.

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Caught in the Act ... of READING!

Kids Caught in the Act … of READING!

Ugh, I’ve been so behind that I’m finally now posting on Caught in the Act … of READING for the summer, now that the summer is almost over! Sorry about that! I’m not sure where the time went!

I’ll keep my book offer open for the rest of 2015: send me a photo of your child caught in the act of reading and I’ll send you a book. It’s my way to encourage reading! Read more…

Top 10 Bilingual Spanish Picture Books

Top 10 Bilingual Spanish Picture Books & #GIVEAWAY

Today my guest author is Derek Taylor Kent. You might know him as Derek the Ghost, author of the award-winning MG series Scary School.

His first picture book is just came out August 18 called El Perro Con Sombrero: A Bilingual Doggy Tale and illustrated by the talented artist Jed Henry.

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Wet Ones and Goldfish Crackers

Wet Ones and Goldfish Crackers for School Lunches

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Wet Ones® + Pepperidge Farm® . The opinions and text are all mine.

I pack Pepperidge Farm® Goldfish Crackers in my son’s lunch box every single day and he never seems to tire of it. I’m not sure if he eats it for snack or for lunch, but it’s always gone when I clean out his lunch box at night, and usually his lunch box is a mess with crumbs and liquids co-mingling into a sticky goo.

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#BackToSchool with a Game of Strategy

#BackToSchool with a Game of Strategy

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Horizon Organic. The opinions and text are all mine.

School is rapidly approaching and my kids are not ready to go back. We have slid into bad habits that include too much screen time and very late bedtimes. My son has taken to calling himself Nocturnal Man and is going to bed at one or two in the morning and getting up at noon just like a teenager. Except he’s 10!

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