Barcelona Family Vacation The kids and I have been studying Spanish for years with very little success. My oldest started at 4 and her siblings even younger. My fantasy for early foreign language skills was so that we could go to a Spanish-speaking country and actually be able to get around IN SPANISH, with the kids…
My daughter said that her class came up with a list of strategies to learn multiplication. In fact, her friend Helena came up with the x8 trick. Learning math facts seems to work best when it gets presented different ways; this is the logical reasoning method. The post I refer to throughout on Tips and Tricks uses songs; another great way to go. We do flashcards and mnemonics; do you have any good ones for facts? The only one I know is 8 x 8: I ate and I ate ’til I threw up on the floor, so 8 times 8 is 64! It works so well that my youngest knew 8 x 8 at age 3 but just that one one because he finds gross humor particularly funny. If you have any other tricks or tips, please share!
Teach your kids the months of the year with this easy rhyme with a selection of wonderful picture books that also cover the calendar.
If there was yang to Eric Carle’s yang, then this would be What Comes Darkly Thieves by Ben Rubin. It has a folk tale fable quality to it but with an openness and makes a child ask over and over again, “Why?”
The Smiley Book of Colors by Ruth Kaiser is a clever picture book that finds smiley faces in every day objects. It also teaches colors. What I love about it is that it also teaches kids to see, REALLY see, like an artist. Is there a smiley face lurking about? Probably! You just have to see it.
Gritty and realistic to the end, this chapter book ends in a satisfying yet unexpected way where winning is based on luck and skill, good guys don’t necessarily finish first, and losers are the ultimate winners.
I am not very good at the arts and crafts things nor the special decorating of the house for holidays. I figure that it’s good to know your strengths and weaknesses and this kind of stuff is not my forte. And yet, I have a bunch of ideas for St. Patrick’s Day here on a special board on my Pinterest page.
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American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life, the world’s biggest fight for less cancer and more birthdays.