Simple & Sensible “Super Mom” / “Super Teacher” Ideas

Here you’ll find parenting tips and ideas to make raising kids fun without being overwhelming (okay fine, parenting will probably still be a little overwhelming). This is where you can find fun craft ideas for kids, indoor and outdoor activities to do with your crew, plans for holiday celebrations, and kids’ birthday party ideas, to name just a few. This is also a space for educational activities for homeschool, preschool, and early elementary classroom teachers.

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Proofreading Checklist for Students Printable – A Helpful Editing Tool

Teaching writing skills to kids involves a lot of repeating oneself over and over again. Did you use capital letters? Did you use punctuation? Did you check for misspelled words? Etc. etc. etc. Finally, I decided to just create this proofreading checklist for my students (aka my two oldest kids) because I was tired of …

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The Best Gifts for Kids Stuck at Home

In general, I’m a huge fan of experience gifts and other non-toy gifts for kids. With four boys, the stuff piles up so quickly. However, if we’re going to be stuck at home all winter with whatever viral grab bag is circulating, I want to have plenty of things to entertain the masses. Hence, the …

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I-Spy Halloween Activity for Preschool & Elementary School Students

My kids (a preschooler and two elementary schoolers) LOVE playing I-Spy.  “I spy with my little eye, something… ORANGE!”  They also love the Eye Spy / Look-and-find books. Starting around age two, these activities have been popular in our house. My oldest is eight and he’s still very much into them, with no end in …

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How to Turn Family Movie Night (or Day!) into a Fun Educational Activity

Since the addition of Baby Boy #4, I’ve relied a lot more on movies to help me manage our chaos. This is especially true now that schools here have been out or virtual for six months and counting. Because of this, I’ve been looking for ways to make our movie nights (or movie mornings, or …

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Writing Prompts for Elementary Students — Especially Boys!

Writing is an essential skill! Strong writers are far more likely to find success in school and in the career world than weak ones. One of the best things you can do to help your elementary student improve their writing skills is to provide them with plenty of opportunities to practice. These writing prompts for …

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Lego Challenges for Kids: Fun, Creative, & Educational Activity Ideas

Kids love Legos — that’s no surprise to anyone. With the new Lego Masters show on TV this season, my kids have been wanting to try their own Lego challenges. Since schools have been closed here for two months and counting, I created a bunch of Lego challenges for my kids to promote creativity while …

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Operation Sibling: How To Prepare Your Toddler For a New Baby

Preparing for a new baby is a lot of work. When you already have a child, trying to prepare your toddler for a new baby adds even more work to this process. Sure, you need diapers, wipes, and to wash and sort out all the baby clothes, but now you also need to convince your …

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5 Best Read Aloud Picture Books for Kids (That Parents Will Actually Enjoy Reading, Too!)

I love reading aloud picture books with my kids for so many reasons. I know how important it is to promote literacy, especially while your kids are young. Students who learn to love reading early enjoy huge advantages over their peers in school. Aside from creating a loving and healthy home, fostering strong reading skills …

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Freezing Meals Before Baby: 9 Perfect Freezer Meals to Have on Hand After Baby’s Arrival

Whether you’re a first-time mom or a been-there-done-that mom, freezing meals before baby arrives is always a good idea! If you’re lucky, when you have a new baby, family and friends will bring you some meals to get you through those crazy first weeks. Still, you don’t think about how often you eat until preparing …

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17 St. Patrick’s Day Activities for Kids That Are Fun & Easy

St. Patrick’s Day is an interesting holiday for me as a parent. For the longest time, it was just another excuse to go out, have fun, and drink green beer. Then…. enter, KIDS. Once you become a parent, sure, you can still have a great time on this holiday. However, you also need to find …

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