Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Help! My Child Can't Read!

As a second grade teacher, I heard this sentence from too many parents to count. Every parent wants what is best for his or her child and we all want our children to be doing all the things they are "supposed" to be doing successfully. I could go on and on about the pressure we place on children at a young age, the loss of play and socialization, and the value placed on academics at the expense of learning experiences. But I'll save you all the speech.  Let's get down to brass tacks. Your child is not reading at the level you and/or his teacher feels is appropriate. 

What can you do?  Well, you can hire me for $50 an hour!   Or you can try some of these reading strategies at home.  These are strategies to use with young children and emergent readers and focuses mostly on decoding, using phonemic rules and awareness to read the words. (We'll talk comprehension another day).

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Mod Podge Glow-In-The Dark Masks (Halloween Craft)

Nothing says "Halloween" like a mysterious mask to wear to a Halloween party!  I saw some gorgeous ones in a store that were full of sparkle and luxurious details.  But I knew better than to buy one because I knew with some Mod Podge and my imagination that I could create my own elegant and mysterious masks!

Luckily, I received a box with some of my favorite, tried and true, craft products from Mod Podge that were perfect for this Halloween party project!  

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Halloween Printable Test

Friends, I need some help. I am trying something new and I would love to know if it works for you. I made a set of printable Halloween stickers (or giant cupcake toppers) and I have a link for you to download the printable. Can you leave a comment telling me whether or not it works for you?  Thank you my lovely readers!

Download HERE

Halloween Table Runner

I was cruisin' through JoAnn's a few week's back. Molly decided she wanted to be an ice queen for Halloween but she didn't want to be Elsa. This girl is the most complicated child ever produced by a human.  There are a million Elsa costumes out there right now but nope....she needs to be a different ice original. So off I went looking for inspiration to create the ultimate ice queen, non-Elsa-esque costume. 

And since fabric is like crack, a little bit never satisfies and you need more, more, MORE I walked out with a yard of some pretty Halloween fabric that featured cameos with a witch silhouette. I love Halloween stuff that isn't so -HEY-IT-IS-HALLOWEEN! HERE ARE SOME BLACK AND ORANGE PUMPKINS WITH WITCH HATS AND SKELETONS! Subtle, if you will.  Elegant, if you will again.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Thrift Store Find

Do you ever think about the prior life of the stuff you buy at the thrift store?  I do. I wonder if it was a gift from Aunt Wetkiss or something found from cleaning out Grandma Smellsweird's house. Maybe that neighbor that collects owls decided to ditch owls and move on to pandas. Whatever!  

Well, I found this recently.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Truths About Solar Energy!

I talk about saving money and doing what I can to stay in our budget on this blog. But recently, Jim and I have begun investigating smarter ways to save and benefit our environment at the same time.  With the recent popularity of smart thermostats and TVs, bracelets and refrigerators, and home automation software kits, one emerging home trend to consider is a smart energy source like Sunrun's solar service, which can power all the technology in our homes.  And we do have a lot of technology because Jim works from home! But we soon realized we didn't know the truths about using solar energy!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Repost: Budget Holiday Decorating

This is not TBT but I think this popular post about holiday decorating on a budget is worth revisiting again now that we are all up to our eyeballs in pumpkins, leaf garlands, and acorns. And of course, Christmas is coming and that's like the um, Christmas of Holiday Decorating.