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Hands-On Learning: Candle Race

  So… Molly’s on the mend. Amazingly, nobody else got sick this past week, which was such a blessing as Molly was the sickest she’s ever been. Dehydrated, on anti-nausea medication just to get a few sips of water down every eight hours or so, and lots of sleeping....

Tot Activities: Random Shots

  One of the toughest aspects of our day is finding activities that will keep our little tornado, Logan, occupied long enough for me to teach Molly her reading lesson or Trevor his math… or whatever requires my attention to be focused on a child other than her for...

Hands-On Learning: Colors

  We have a lot of fun with science around here. Once you get to know me a little, you come to expect random “science days” or experiments—and lots of messes! It makes sense after all, I write nonfiction for kids, parents, and teachers and mainly focus on science and...

2E Tuesday: Nurturing Passions

What is your child passionate about? Does your daughter love princesses? Pretend she is one? Does she create kingdoms, languages, currency, laws, and punishments for her dolls? Does your son dream of space? Star Wars, the Space Shuttle, Neil Armstrong, whatever, as...

Hands-On Learning: Bird Nests

  In 2009 I wrote a book for Mitchell Lane Publishers called, A Project Guide to Reptiles and Birds. One of the best things about working on that book was its focus on hands-on projects, experiments, and activities integrated into what would otherwise have been a...