This year, my boys are in preschool full time, which means for the first time, I have teacher gifts to buy. Buying gifts for your child's teacher(s) can be a daunting task. Do you just buy for the classroom...
We know that exposure to language-rich environments in infancy and toddlerhood sets the stage for a lifetime of literacy learning. Therefore, reading with our kids is one of the most important things we can do to promote literacy -...
No more teachers, no more books, no more teachers’ dirty looks ... As a former elementary teacher, I know full well how this rings true in many households come summer's arrival, the hooting, the hollering, the celebration cartwheels … and sometimes the...

Back to School, Again

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While August is long gone and the excitement of the first day of school is over for traditional students, I am preparing for my second week of class. Going back to school was something I once imagined would mean returning...
Note: This post is the fifth in our six-part “Back to School” series. Join us for the conclusion of this series on Thursday! This year marks my eighteenth in the classroom. Eighteen years! I have now officially been a teacher...
Note: This post is the fourth in our six-part “Back to School” series. Join us for more from this series next Tuesday! I’m not saying that I’m brilliant, but I hang around a lot of brilliant people – brilliant people...
Note: This post is the first in our six-part "Back to School" series. Join us for more next week! I grew up in a suburb with strong schools and award-winning teachers. Heading back to school could always be summed up...

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Guide to Great Wolf Lodge in Kansas City

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Over winter break I took my kids to Great Wolf Lodge for a fun staycation. We only stayed one night but packed in a...
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