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11 Tips To Teach Telling Time

11 tips to teach telling time - Whether they are in kindergarten, first, 2nd, or 3rd grade, most early elementary kids are trying to figure out how to tell time. You will find activities, worksheets, and games for parents and teachers in this awesome post that includes how to tell time to the hour and minute. Teaching the clock has never been so easy or so much fun!

My kids like to stay up until midnight on New Year’s Eve. The trouble with this is that they normally go to bed at 8:30, and by 9 or 9:30, they are so exhausted that they are lying on the couch and not even picking up their heads. It’s pathetic. Grace, our now 10-year-old, taught herself to tell time at a very early age, and we had to secretly change all the clocks to three hours fast so that she would think she was staying up until midnight, even when she was going to bed at 9. Don’t judge me … Read more

A New Way to Keep in Touch with Long-Distance Grandparents

Playing Crazy 8's on the Panasonic HomeTeam app

What is the best way to inspire an hour of laughing between your kids and your parents? The Panasonic HomeTeam┞¢ app. Seriously. I just watched Grace, Allie, and Joe’s parents spend an hour on the phone (something that has never happened before). They played Crazy 8’s together, and they laughed and laughed and laughed. Grace talked about her biking scrapes and her fat lip, and there were moments of quiet concentration. In short, it was everything that makes a family game night awesome – except that the participants were 75 miles apart. Three of my kids’ four grandparents live a distance away, … Read more

Save Kids Lives with Global Road Safety Week

Is your road safe for your kids to ride bikes on? Is it safe to take a walk on? Unfortunately, the answer for many children is a resounding NO. Motorists drive too fast, pay too little attention, and create generally unsafe conditions for kids. And then there’s the issue of highway safety where drivers speed by ten, twenty, even thirty miles an hour over the speed limit (or more!). This isn’t just an American issue; it’s an issue all over the world. In the United States and around the world, traffic–related injuries are the leading killer of children ages five … Read more

20 Ways to Get Preschoolers Excited About Math

20 ways to get preschoolers excited about math

I have mentioned before (many times) that Grace resists “school time” every day. Because my earliest homeschool lessons were boring and repetitive (because I was strictly following the Calvert curriculum that was at least a year behind her ability), she associates school time with boring and repetitive. It’s hugely unfortunate, and I haven’t been able to break that association in the three years since. At the same time, Grace wallows in informal learning like an elated pig in a big mud hole. She can’t get enough of her lapbooks and nature walks and science experiments and mazes and brain teasers … Read more