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5 Tips to Avoid Summer Brain Drain from Scholastic

By Rachael Herrscher

We've worked together with Scholastic this summer to bring you tips and tricks to keep your kids reading! With summer in the home stretch we've got a few more tips to keep your kids reading until the first morning bell rings! 5 Tips to Avoid the Summer Brain Drain Our 5 Favorites ... Read More

Caldecott Medal Reading List Printable

By Rachael Herrscher

Want a reading challenge for the whole family? Read your way through the Caldecott Medal winners! The Randolph Caldecott Medal annually recognizes the preceding year's "most distinguished American picture book for children", beginning with 1937 publications. Last summer on our frequent tr... Read More

Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge: Have You Signed Up Yet?

By Rachael Herrscher

We're working with the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge this summer to encourage kids to read! {Don't miss our first post: 5 Tips to Keep Your Kids Reading This Summer} We just had our official first day of summer break today. We kind of owned Day 1. Chore lists were distributed {and executed}, ... Read More

Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge: 5 Tips to Keep Your Kids Reading This Summer

By Rachael Herrscher

The first thing that happens when summer approaches is that I start making book lists and planning read-a-thons. We hit the library weekly and usually stop by the bakery on the way home. I LOVE the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge. My kids range in age from K-6 and there's something f... Read More

5 Things I Didn’t Expect About the End of Elementary School

By Rachael Herrscher

I've pre-mourned this day since he walked through the doors of the kindergarten. I knew he'd leave this building some day and I think I've been dreading it since he was 5. Let's face it, I was pre-mourning the fact that he'd leave my house and go to kindergarten since the day he was born. I liter... Read More

On Raising a Loser

By Rachael Herrscher

We just wrapped the 5th grade Student Council elections at our school. Needless to say, there has been quite a lot of drama . . . from THE PARENTS. Without going into too much detail we have some parents that are fired up because a teacher tallied his class results early. You can imagine all ... Read More

Do THIS to Save 5,800 Gallons of Water

By Rachael Herrscher

Did you know that donating a bag of clothes has the potential to offset 5,800 gallons of water by reusing rather than producing new? There's a brilliant organization called Schoola that makes your donation easy AND powerful. Check this out: Schoola is an online consignment shop that se... Read More

Sesame Street Harry Potter Parody

By Rachael Herrscher

Always brilliant! Cookie Monster is bespectacled and better than ever! "Furry Potter" embarks on a mission for cookies and he must listen to "Crumblemore" for instructions along the way. A great watch for Harry Potter fans (and their kids!) ... Read More

Commemorate 9/11 With the Kids

By MiniTime

There is no better way to pay tribute to all the people killed in the 9/11 terrorist attacks, as well as to those who died trying to save them, than by taking the family to visit the National September 11 Memorial and Museum in New York. Tip: Before your visit, prepare the kids by downloadi... Read More

Why Your Child Should Learn To Code

By Rachael Herrscher

We recently hosted a "Code Camp" with Animal Jam focused on kids ages 10-13. Learning to code is much more than just learning about letters and numbers and computers. If you watch kids engage with technology in a way that allows them to create and manipulate it, you can see the lights turn on... Read More