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McCann’s Steel Cut Irish Oatmeal®

McCann’s Steel Cut Irish Oatmeal® is Our Favorite Breakfast

Picky Kid Pix and I are a big fans of McCann’s Steel Cut Irish Oatmeal®, made from 100 percent whole grain Irish oats, so we were both thrilled when The Motherhood asked me to cover it. I like to make it for breakfast when she has a morning soccer game because it fuels her up and is a good and delicious breakfast. Her favorite breakfast is McCann’s Steel Cut Irish Oatmeal.
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How Early Learning Resources Can #SparkAMind of a Child

How Early Learning Resources Can #SparkAMind of a Child

This post was sponsored by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central.

How do you as a parent encourage a lifelong love of learning in your child? Houghton Mifflin Harcourt believes that everyday moments of curiosity can spark an interest in kids, motivating them to dig for answers. Asking questions and learning how to find answers is the key to creating a desire to learn.

As a mom with three kids, I’ve found that my children are polar opposite when it comes to what drives their curiosity. My oldest, now 16 years old, has always had a love for art. For her, we brought her to art museums, got her art books, and provided her with art materials so that she could draw, draw, draw every single day. Her progress is captured here: Grasshopper and Sensei. It’s no surprise to us that she wants to attend an art and design college.

Early Learning desire in my child lead to her interest in art

A recent drawing by my oldest. Read more…

One Cut STEM Shape Fun

One Cut STEM Shape Fun

My son and I watched mathematician Dr. Katie Steckles cut a square with just one cut. This is an idea that dates back to 1721 in Japan: The Fold and Cut Theorem. My son was fascinated by the one cut idea so we decided to try it out ourselves. Read more…

Top 10: Best Quirky Schools in Children's Books

Top 10: Best Quirky Schools in Children’s Books

Are there any schools that you wished you could have attended? How about any of these schools in children’s books? From quirky schools to ones that specialize in something unusual, here’s a list of schools to consider.

How about you? What are your favorite schools (quirky or otherwise) in children’s books? Please share!


10. School of Fear by Gitty Daneshvari

This is the kind of school you’d send your kids if they had debilitating phobias to conquer. Even if my kids weren’t terrified of something, I’d have them read this very funny series. [chapter book, ages 10 and up]

If you are afraid of the dark, I have a list of picture books you might relate to.

9. Yoko and Friends series by Rosemary Wells

I’d do a lot to get my kids into Mrs. Jenkins’ class at Hilltop School. She embodies the perfect teacher for any kind of child. The class itself seems like a typical group of kids: girl bullies, mean kids, messy kids, smart kids, shy kids, body image conscious kids and even a kid that brings sushi for lunch. This picture book series also feels like “every school” because I get a deja vu feeling when I read it. [picture book, ages 4 and up]

If you are starting school and want multicultural picture books to feel more comfortable, here’s my list: Multicultural Starting School Picture Books.

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5th Grade Cloud Science Project

5th Grade Cloud Science Project

My three kids have been lucky enough to have the same kindergarten teacher and the same 5th grade teacher — bookends to their elementary school lives. Every year in 5th grade, the grade does a big science unit on the weather which includes cloud formations. And, every year, the kids make cloud posters.
5th Grade Cloud Science Project

Day 1: Painting the background

Kids also have the option to think outside of the box. For her 5th grade cloud unit project, PickyKidPix made a cartoon book using an app. I never saw it, but she said she got full marks for it.
5th Grade Cloud Science Project

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Gordon Parks: Black History Month

Gordon Parks: Black History Month

Parks at the Civil Rights March on Washington, 1963

Parks at the Civil Rights March on Washington, 1963 from Wikipedia

I had seen a photography exhibit at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts last year and had taken a few photos of Gordon Parks photos because they seemed really important somehow. I knew nothing about Gordon Parks then. In researching female pioneering musicians, I came across Gordon Parks: How the Photographer Captured Black and White America and I remembered his photographs. What I didn’t realize at that time was that Gordon Parks’ exhibit was for a Life magazine story about segregation in the schools but it never ran in the magazine. He’s a fascinating person. I hope you enjoy learning about him if he’s new to you too. Read more…

Lunch Box Love, free lunch box notes printable

Lunch Box Love: FREE Lunch Box Note Printable

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

I’m not the mom who makes beautiful bento box lunches for her kids though I fantasize about that. I am usually the one scrambling in the morning to pack lunch for my son who is the last to go to school. My teen girls are up and out of the house before I am awake (thanks hubby!), and they pack their own lunch.

Show Love in the Lunch Box

It’s not surprising then that Valentine’s Day has passed and even Chinese New Year and I didn’t do anything special for my kids. I’ve decided that 1) it’s never too late and 2) baby steps. Read more…

Pattern Block Creativity & Kid Lit Blog Hop

I have to say that I got my money’s worth out of the pattern blocks toy manipulative that I’ve had for ages. All my kids loved playing with them. I kept them in an old diaper wipes box, decorated with stickers and I found that my son, now 11 years old, will still occasionally pull them out!

pattern block picture book

Pattern blocks are a great math toy; math is the science of finding patterns! There are also patterns in language too! You could say that finding and understanding patterns is the secret to unlocking the world around us. Read more…

Naruto, Guko drawings by 5th grade boy

Naruto Inspired Learning for my 5th Grade Son

NarutoMy son has always had his obsessions:

  • Age 3: Dinosaurs and Angry Birds
  • Age 4 and 5: Pokémon
  • Age 6: Bakugan, Ninjago
  • Age 7: Magic Cards, Minecraft, Mario Brothers Video Games
  • Age 9, 10: Minecraft, Dragonballz, Injustice Video Game
  • Age 1o and 11: Dragonballz, Naruto

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