Dragon Science: Green Fire Experiment

“Why haven’t we done any dragon experiments yet,” asked my 9-year old son closing one of the Dragon Masters books.  My oldest two kids are crazy about this series and have read all seven books a few times.   “What…
Blindfold Sorting

Are you looking for fun and free learning resources to use this summer with your kids?  Education.com offers a wide range of worksheets, games, workbook, activities, lesson plans, songs, and even guided lessons for many ages.  I’m thrilled to feature…
7 ways to be a more peaceful mom

Do you ever feel like your mind is speeding at one hundred twenty miles per hour, and you are in the back seat, with your eyes closed, waiting for a crash?    Did I pay the bills?  Johnny needs more…
Star Wars Math: seven-day math challenge

“I don’t like math anymore,” announced my 8-year old son taking another plate out of the dishwasher and carrying it to the pantry.   “Where does this come from?”  I spun around in surprise, “You said you liked math!”  It…
Family Creativity with Oriental Trading (Review)

Spring in Chicago is full of surprises.  One day we are running outside in t-shirts, finding beautiful new blooming flowers.  The next day we are reaching for winter coats because it is snowing again.     For the most part…
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…