5 Days of Canadian Teachers Pay Teachers Stores {Giveaway}

Teachers Pay Teachers

My friend Lisa Marie from The Canadian Homeschooler is hosting a wonderful opportunity for ANYONE who enjoys providing their children with fun and educational activities at home during her 5 Days of Canadian Teachers Pay Teachers Event. Each day this week, Lisa Marie will be featuring a new teacher and product (think printables, activities, templates) from the Teachers Pay Teachers site, one of my favourite sites ever! The Teachers Pay Teachers Store is an open marketplace where teachers can share, sell and purchase affordable, original teacher resources. It is also a place where parents can go to find activities for … Continue reading

An Educational Snow Day! {Wordless Wednesday} #WW

We’re sorting coloured marshmallows after going outside to play in the snow! More Educataional Ideas for a Snow Day:Build a snowmanPlay a gameDo a puzzlePlay with playdoughBakePut on a Puppet ShowPlay restaurant For more great ideas, visit our Artsy Play Wednesday Link-Up post today for more great educational ideas like How to Make a Soap Painting Sensory Bin! If you don’t see a Disqus comment form at the bottom of the post, please use the button F5 to refresh your page! Email us if you are still having trouble.

Today is Family Literacy Day #15minutesofFUN

Make today about literacy! Family Ideas for Literacy Day Read a book together Research something interesting online Cook or bake together while following a recipe Make a word scavenger hunt in your house Create a grocery list together Play restaurant with home made menus Put on a puppet show and create tickets to the show Do a word search Create a family story where everyone takes a turn adding a sentence (verbal or written) Play a game Make a family photo book and label everyone’s name You can see more Family Literacy Activities on my blog from previous Family Literacy … Continue reading

Literacy on Demand {Techie Tuesday}

Literacy and Technology go together hand in hand in this day and age. Last summer, as September approached, my wife (and your lovely hostess here) was more than a little bit panicked. You see, three years earlier, when our daughter was heading into JK (that’s junior kindergarten, or “pre-K” for some of you) she was already working with a fairly substantial list of sight words; not to mention her printed words were far above what was expected of a four year old. Our son? Not so much. Despite her best efforts, my wife could never engage him in literacy-building activities … Continue reading

Celebrate Star Wars Reads Day with @DKCanada #StarWarsReads {GIVEAWAY}

What will they think of next? Did you know that October 5th, 2013 is Star Wars Reads Day?! What does this mean for you? It allows anyone who is a Star Wars fan to get excited about reading, which as we know for our young children is SO important! Many children are not motivated to read, but all it takes is a topic that excites them and all of sudden there is instant interest. I wrote a post about literacy and motivation this summer. My son is starting to really become an early reader, but he does still need encouragement. … Continue reading

Get #FREE Admission to Our Kids Private School EXPOS

If you are considering sending your child to Private School, this information is for you! Private school definitely is not for everyone, but for those of you who are considering it OR who would like more information, the Private School EXPOS is the place to go to learn more! Our Kids is pleased to offer you VIP admission passes for a family of 4 to the upcoming Our Kids Private School Expos. By attending these EXPOS, you will have the opportunity to speak with school staff and education experts one-on-one, all in one day, to get answers to all of … Continue reading

Decorate Your Home with @wisedecor – Meaningful Wall Quotes! {#GIVEAWAY}

Did you know that International Literacy Day is coming up on September 8th, 2013? As a former Kindergarten teacher, exposing and teaching young children to literacy is very close to my heart! One of the ways that you can do this is to have words in your child’s surroundings. Wise Decor is a fun and decorative way that you can do this by placing wall quotes around your home. We have two places that I will be placing decorative wall quotes in our home. The first is in our kitchen above my childrens’ art wall! We will be putting up … Continue reading

Back to School and Books from @DKCanada

It is almost Back to School time and for some of you, it already is that time of the year! It’s time to get back into routine, structure and studies! If you are wanting to encourage your child to read on a regular basis, it is important to have a large variety of books that interest them. Be sure to check out DK Canada’s Back to School Boutique where you will find many excellent suggestions! Check out our Canadian Online Shopping Directory and Multi-Testing Mommy’s Current Giveaways

TD Summer Reading Club for Kids #YMCKidsRead

LITERACY IS SO IMPORTANT! This post is part of YummyMummyClub.ca’s support of the TD Summer Reading Club program and other TD Children’s Literacy initiatives. From the time I found out I was pregnant, one of the very first things that I made sure to do was to read to my babies! My husband and I chose one favourite book, Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney and we read it to my tummy almost every day. At the time, I was a Kindergarten teacher and children’s literacy was such a passion of mine (it still is!). We have … Continue reading

Speedeebee! An Educational Game for Kids 8+ by @BlueOrangeGames

Speedeebee!How Many: Family Game for 2-6 PlayersAge: For players Ages 8 – AdultWhat: With 150 fun challenges and four alphabet dice, players race to find words containing or excluding the letters shown on the dice. This games uses the following skills: Cognitive Speed Vocabulary Spelling Reaction Time This game keeps the brain active, that is for sure. It keeps players “on their toes”. I really like how players have some choice in how the game is played (e.g. often they get to pick which die to roll). There are rules to how the game should be played, but there is … Continue reading