Friday, October 2, 2015

Keeping the Lines of Communication Open With Your Child's Teacher

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One of the most important things that will help your child have a successful year at school is keeping an open line of communication with their teacher. You want them to respond to your questions and concerns, plus you want them to come to you whenever they have a concern about your child. Good communication with your child's teacher is always a win-win situation.

Unfortunately, it doesn't always come easy. You're busy. Teachers are busy. Sometimes you just can't connect. Wires get crossed. Notes get crumpled up and left at the bottom of a backpack. 

All is not lost. Here are some simple tips to keep that line of communication open:

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Pumpkin Math Facts Pick-and-Solve Sticks

Why are flashcards always the default method for learning math facts? I get that flashcards are easy. The problem is that they are B-O-R-I-N-G. My daughter has been working on brushing up on her math facts and brought home some flashcards from school. After a couple of days of dragging ourselves through them, she asked for more interesting way to practice. Well, being the good blogger that I am, I told her I'd come up with something. 

Awhile back, I found some fun ways to practice math facts and any of them would have worked, but this time I wanted something a little different. I got out some paint and some craft sticks and got to work on these Halloween Math Facts Pick-and-Solve Sticks.

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Monday, September 28, 2015

A Week of After School Activities Plus the After School Linky Party - Week 4

Are you ready for another week of after school fun? I sure am. I'm so excited about all the ideas I'm finding to do with my girls. This week I've put together another fun after school planner for you of crafts, art projects, and learning ideas. 

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Chemical Reactions with Pennies

What is a chemical reaction? It is the change of a substance into a new one that has a different chemical identity. (For a more detailed - but still kid-friendly explanation - go here.) My kids were completely fascinated when we decided to explore chemical reactions at home.

I know this sounds very high school chem lab-ish and like something that should require a full range of safety equipment, but I've got a fun project that's completely safe to do at home with no special equipment required. (Although, feel free to wear the safety goggles. They're kind of cool!) We're exploring chemical reactions with pennies.

Monday, September 21, 2015

A Week of After School Activities Plus the After School Linky Party - Week 3

It's time for another week of after school activities. There were a lot of fun activities linked up last week. I've chosen five to highlight this week to create an fun after school planner full of hands-on activities. Remember, stop by each Monday for more fun!