Super Sensory Invitations to Play | Calming Lavendar Playdough

My kids run their fingers through the clothes racks of target because they want to "feel" the fabric of the clothes.  They rustle the rosemary branches before entering the house so they can activate their senses. They are in-tune with the world around them and crave SENSORY PLAY.

Super Sensory Invitations to Play, a year of exploring through the senses.

Your kids too?

After School Activities for Kids {Week 31}

August has arrived and it's time to start thinking about how to spend the last few weeks of summer with your kids.  A picture of my two youngest popped up yesterday on facebook reminding me how quickly time passes with our kids.  Do you have something special planned for the end of summer? 


We are looking forward to one last getaway before school starts again with our extended family.  I feel like we all need to find that pause button for just a moment before they start back at school and the busy schedules begin again.  This year happens to be that the kids go back to school later in August than usual on the 24.  Here's are 5 Ways to Remember Summer Vacation with your Kids.


When does your child head back to school.  Tell me in the comments below.



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After School Activities for Kids {Week 30}

What's been the most fun thing you've done so far this summer with your child at home?  Can you believe it's the end of July?  Outdoor play is one of my favorite memories of summer in my childhood. There are so many things our children can learn while exploring outdoors. 

Here are a few things to do outside activities as you cherish the summer moments with your child. 

What is your favorite outdoor activity to do with your child?


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After School Linky Party {Week 30} 

Shaun the Sheep Movie: Learning Activities to do with Kids Before and After the Movie #ShauntheSheep, #IC #sponsored

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Our kids are jumping up and down for the movie Shaun the Sheep Movie (Released August 5th, 2015 Nationwide). Not only are the sheep characters super cute, but the use of claymation is the most perfect way to combine writing, technology, and creativity in learning extensions at home before and after watching the movie.

Shaun the Sheep Movie: Learning Activities to do with Kids Before and After the Movie

At our house, going out to a movie in the theater is a big deal and not something we get to do a lot. Because of that, I try to capitalize on their enthusiasm to connect it with academic learning.  When kids are excited about something - use the excitement to extend and enrich their learning.

Keeping Kids Excited about Reading All Summer Long

Beat the Summer Slide

Teachers HOPE that parents are playing with their children daily and providing opportunities to keep their children thinking.  As a parent, I know that mid-summer, the kids are enjoying a more laid back routine of outside playtime, trips to the beach, and afternoon popcorn and movies. It can be easy to forget the importance of learning, but it is essential that children are exposed to literature and new vocabulary in the summer months.  It is important for children to problem solve, create, and think. We want our children to keep growing intellectually even when they are not attending school.  Continuing to provide access to education in the summer months will better prepare them for the school year ahead.


Beat the summer slide and keep kids excited about reading all summer long.
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How can you keep kids excited about reading:

Read Often. Yes, that is right. Read every day.  Read more than once every day.  If you have a young child, read at least 10 picture books every day.  Older kids? Have them pleasure read for at least 20 minutes on their own.  Don’t forget to read to them too.  Start a chapter book together and read a chapter every night out loud to them before bed.  No matter what READ.

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There isn't much that beats being outside with a good book quote. Best tips from a reading teacher and mom on how to get and keep kids excited about reading all summer long.


The Sleep Challenge | Importance of Getting Enough Sleep

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Are you getting enough sleep? A full night, unniterupted sleep has many benefits. Join in as we take a closer look at our sleeping habits and how it affects how we parent. 

The Sleep Challenge

After School Activities for Kids {Week 29}

Are the signs of summer all over the house? Flip flops, bathing suits and wet towels laying around and some extra hungry kids from all that fun in the pool? Summer time on summer vacation from school can be so much fun.  What have you been up to?

Did you check out 15 Pool Noodle Activities to create for summer FUN?

Now is the time we start to make sure the kids are also getting back in gear for Back to School and not losing any of the knowledge they learned this whole past school year.  Be sure to visit our After School Resource Page with ideas from A to Z. There's even a special section called #smartsummer to help you out. 

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