Summer is such a great time to spend some low-key time with your kiddies. One of my favorite low-key activities with younger elementary-age kids is a nature walk in the woods. Ask your kids to pick a few of their favorite boo... Read more
Let's have some pattern fun with a game I call "Powerful Patterns." For this game you will need a deck of playing cards.The game can be played on any flat surface. The adult and child sit side-by-side, facing in the same dire... Read more
Here's a neat article about how Staples is helping millions of American school children, who live in poverty, get the supplies they need. How they are going about this, is what I find interesting. Rather than targeting mom or... Read more
Most agree: junior high is not an easy time. Teens pretend to be cool and laid back, but beneath that cool exterior is your same child -- just trying to figure it all out.
What's a parent to do? Well as the saying goes: "Th... Read more
Patterns are part of our daily life!Some patterns are visual; such as the way tiles are placed on a floor. Some patterns are auditory, like "e-i, e-i, o" in the song "Old MacDonald Had A Farm." We all, unconsciously, follow p... Read more
What student doesn't feel that summer vacation is at least a month too short? Factor in summer school, and your summer vacation suddenly becomes less carefree (for both parent and child)! Enter virtual summer school! Here's a... Read more
One of the students in my first grade class has a cousin who is a Marine, recently deployed to Iraq. I decided to make a "learning about writing letters" lesson very meaningful, by writing actual letters to this young Marine... Read more
We all want to make the most of our summer, right? In order for parents to have a carefree summer, a little organization goes a long way. Instead of letting the end-of-summer and back-to-school craziness creep up on you, use ... Read more
Parents often come up to me after a concert and ask what they should do to get their child interested in music. When should you start lessons? What instrument is best?
There are many approaches to getting children interested ... Read more
We're thrilled that Bill Harley will be adding his unique voice to the SchoolFamily.com blog!A two-time Grammy award-winning artist and recipient of the Magic Penny Award from the Children's Music Network, Bill uses song and ... Read more