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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…

You’re Not Special: Graduation Speech

You Are Not Special Graduation Speech

David McCullough Jr., an English teacher at Wellesley High School, gave this funny and provocative high school graduation speech. It’s one town over from where I live. In fact, I live on the side that borders Wellesley. Except for Wellesley being more homogeneous, our kids are growing up in a very similar way.

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reading with giant teddy bear, caught in the act of reading

Kids Caught in the Act … of READING This Summer!

Summer Reading List for Kids

Do your kids need an incentive to read this summer? Tell them that if you send me a photo of them Caught In the Act … of READING! I’ll send them a book! How is your summer going?

Here are more kids caught in the act of reading!! Read more…

Argentina verus Brazil 2012, MetLife Staduim

Hat Trick: For Us and For Lionel Messi

Soccer Books for Dads and Lionel Messi’s Hat Trick

Three time’s a charm.

This was our third attempt to see Messi play soccer. Our D.C. trip to watch Barcelona versus Manchester United resulted in a loss for Barcelona as well as no Messi on the field. Our trip to Barcelona, Spain was booked before the La Liga schedule of games. Again, no Messi but we visited Camp Noa twice and walked by his old dorm. Read more…

best care packages for sleep away camp

Care Packages To Impress Your Kids at Sleepaway Camp

What Kids Want in Sleep Away Camp Care Packages

When Music Lovers went away to sleep away camp last summer, it was just for 5 days. She got off a long wait list as well, so it was sudden and we all had to scramble to get her ready. Hence, there was not need for that sleep away camp requisite Mommy-Loves-You care package. Whew! I got off easy. Read more…