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Backyard Games for Warm Weather Fun

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Kids Get Creative Solving California Drought Problem

In my second grade class I recently asked students to draw and write about their own creative solution to the California drought problem. The kids came up with a host of great ideas and below I have shared a few of their drawings and have quoted some of the out of the box ideas they shared with the class.…

Giggles and suspense

Hanging delightfully, suspended in air. Giggles and suspense eat away at concentration as one more piece is placed on top. Suspend by Melissa and Doug is the only creative sculpture game I have seen and is a huge hit with the artsy, engineering types in our family.…

Inspire your young artist with sidewalk chalk


“We could learn a lot from crayons; some are sharp, some are pretty, some are dull, while others bright, some have weird names, but they all have learned to live together in the same box.” – Robert Fulghum

Sidewalk chalk is the colorful, rambunctious outdoorsy brother of the crayon.…

Forging Fortitude

reading togetherThis week I learned a lot from my students.   My usually bright, creative, confident and slightly unruly second graders were dumbfounded by a paper and pencil, fill in the bubble math test.  There we were haggard and worn and we were only on problem number 5.  …

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