My son’s elementary school spent the whole year fundraising in order to build a new playground because the old one was nearing the end of its life.
The new playground is wonderful and just opened this past week. PickyPidPix, now in middle school, came to the playround opening with her friend right after soccer practice.
My guest blogger today is Jeffrey Pfaum, an inner-city schoolteacher, who is sharing his creative ideas for reading, writing, imaginning and drawing exercises.
Reading-and-Imagining Writing Exercise
You can develop the imagination with simple exercises, where the mind changes words into pictures. Ask your child to close her eyes and picture—or visualize—words in her mind. For example, have her read the word dog, and say:
- “Picture the word ‘dog’ in your mind.”
- “What are you looking at?”
- What picture(s) do you imagine?”
- “Describe the mind-picture(s).”
- Draw or pencil-sketch what you imagine.”
- “What thoughts, feelings, and experiences are triggered by the mind-picture(s)?”
The summer is a great time to expose kids to a foreign language. I received a huge box of books from Tuttle Publishing that are perfect for this and I am giving most of them away. Please see the Rafflecopter giveaway below.
What languages would your kids be interested in? Are you using any great sites, books or videos? Please share! Read more…
This year is first year we are breaking with our tradition of strawberry picking for Father’s Day.
My husband came up with this idea years ago and every year we hold our breath that the strawberries will be ready for Father’s Day picking. Read more…
Do you have an incoming Kindergarten? Do you need ideas of getting your child ready for Kindergarten? I have six ideas for you!
What will you do with your son or daughter to get ready for Kindergarten? Please share!
1) Free Kindergarten Readiness Printable Book
I made this book for my son’s preschool both as a Kindergarten readiness book and as a special keepsake. I hope you have fun using it too!
Download my FREE printable book: My Book About Me Read more…
The summer is nearly here — we have two more weeks of school left! — and I need to get our summer math in order!
Summer Math Word Problems for Elementary School
For my rising 3rd grade son, it’s an easy decision: Daily Word Problems, Grade 4. All three of my kids have been doing these word problem workbooks for summer math as rising first graders. Read more…
I received an opportunity to try out Sphero and I thought my son might like it since he’s learning how to program in Scratch and Processing (an object-oriented version of Java). What I didn’t realize was that Grasshopper and Sensei, a rising high school freshman, and PickyKidPix, a rising 7th grader, also wanted the Sphero, such that it was a bit of a fight for control! Read more…