Archive for June, 2019

How to Encourage Creative Writing in Kids

Wednesday, June 26th, 2019

creative writing

Do you have a child who loves creative writing?

I have a second-grader who is handed a sheet of paper at school for the topic of the day—one sheet with four lines—and comes home with those four lines filled out with prose, plus four additional papers stapled to the back of the writing sheet.

creative writing

Though the writing is an exercise in stream-of-consciousness thinking, I love the creativity that she finds in expressing herself in this way.

And just like with reading, creative writing offers many benefits for children’s development. (more…)

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Family Vacations: Let Travel Open Your Child’s Mind

Wednesday, June 19th, 2019

family vacations

Since my kids were babies, I’ve seen them take steps forward after family vacations.

I truly believe that there’s something about the stimulation of new surroundings and experiences that opens a child’s mind.

When my son was 6-months-old, we packed up the car seat–and baby monitors and sleeping sacks and strollers and bottles and binkies and puffs and diapers—and took our first plane ride to visit friends in Florida.

It was on that vacation that my son said his first words from the back seat of the rental car.

“Momma,” he said from the back seat, clear as day. Wait, what? I turned around and he was staring right at me, arms outstretched. “Momma,” he said again.

It melted my heart. I’d been waiting to hear that word since the day he was born.

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How to Create a Father’s Day Scavenger Hunt

Wednesday, June 12th, 2019

Father's Day scavenger hunt

As I look ahead on the calendar, Father’s Day is just around the corner. It’s a day to celebrate the father figures in our lives and let them know how much they are appreciated and loved.

You can show them how much they mean to you in many different ways. Some ideas include spending the day together, a phone call if they don’t live nearby, a purchased gift, breakfast in bed (a favorite in our house), a homemade card, an acrostic poem or a simple hug and “I love you”…the ideas are endless!

A few years ago, the kids decided to create a Father’s Day scavenger hunt. They love suspense and the element of surprise and are fans of scavenger hunts themselves. What better way to show their dad love than to create one just for him! (more…)

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