Archive for July, 2012

Kathryn Starke

How To: Teach Kids to Read Independently

Reading Strategies for Independent Reading

Please welcome my guest author, Kathryn Starke, who is am an urban elementary school literacy specialist, children’s author, freelance writer and the founder/CEO of Creative Minds Publications and Consulting, global educational companies. Read more…

Happy July 4th with Pinterest Ideas for Celebrating!

4th of July Celebration Ideas

I love Pinterest. I’ve discovered that I am a digital hoarder of things that I am not good at. These pins inspire me to be better at crafting and get generally more into the spirit of holidays. Yep, my Pinterest boards are me in my fantasy world of Martha Stewart-like perfection. Read more…

vocabulary through board games

Vocabulary as Game with Board Games and Books

Games Kids Like to Build Vocabulary

I found this article that I thought made a lot of sense called Vocabulary: Five Common Misconceptions: Read more…

Week 3: Summer Math Review for Incoming 2nd Grade

Summer Math Review for 2nd Grade

Ready for week 3 of summer math review for incoming second grade kids? My son is doing this week by week. We try to do it as mental math problems first. Read more…

lemonade stand

Week 1 of Camp Mom or Why I Can’t Keep a Routine

Books For Beginning Readers at Camp Mom

My two girls are in Ohio visiting their cousins so it’s just me and my 7-year-old-going-into-2nd grade son who opted to stay home instead of attending day camp this week. I thought I’d try out the Camp Mom schedule I posted on, but I find that we don’t ever have a full day of unscheduled time and also that I can’t keep to a set routine. Still, it was helpful to switch in and out of the different modules. Here’s my Camp Mom diary. How is your Camp Mom going if you are doing this too? Read more…