DIY Valentine’s Day 3-D Card (Printable)

Do you have a child who wants to make “the best Valentine’s Day card ever” and asks for your contribution?  In my house, it started early on a Saturday morning.       It was five am by the living…
Fabulous Dragon Books for Kids

What were your favorite dragon books when you were growing up?    When my kids asked me this question, I was stumped.  I’ve been reading about one hundred books a year ever since I remember, but I couldn’t remember reading…
Middlebury Interactive Languages (Review)

It is with the spirit of adventure that we decided to try Elementary Spanish 1 for Grades K-2 from Middlebury Interactive Languages.  My kids are not big fans of computer learning, but with the baby #4 almost here I asked…
Why T-Rex could eat rotten meat and you can’t

There it is again! That horrible stink!  I retrace my steps, stop in front of the living room window, and sniff the air.  The narrow space behind the squat, leather arm-chair is difficult to squeeze into, but that seems to…
15 Books About Shadows To Inspire Young Scientists

Children are innately curious about the world around them, especially when those things are a little mysterious.  Shadows satisfy both these requirements by being part of our life and by creating suspense. Is it a monster or a teddy bear…
How to motivate kids to do their schoolwork

I’m often asked, “How do you get your kids to do schoolwork?”  I usually opt for a brief, “My kids want to do it.”   This is both true and not true.   Yes, my kids do schoolwork pretty willingly most of…