My husband Ben and I were married five months to the day after our college graduation. We moved into a condominium with red and blue carpet and all the wallpaper in the world. Bit by bit we scraped and sanded, primed and painted until it started to feel like home. It started as kind of […]
I didn’t think much about New Year’s resolutions this year. I have so many revolving goals that I’m always working toward that I didn’t even consider adding something new to the rotation. Eat better. Exercise. Go to bed and wake up earlier. And I’ve been working on decluttering and getting organized since I got married […]
This week, I’ll be sharing ideas for how to make studying and homework more fun and engaging. Spelling practice seemed like a good place to start because most kids have weekly spelling tests, but few kids are psyched about spelling for its own sake. After a long day of reading, writing, and listening so many […]
When it comes to staying organized, papers, in general, are a nightmare hassle. The papers that kids bring home from school can pose a special challenge. They tend to have more hands on them (teacher, parents, and child) plus more back and forth travel. My first few years of teaching, I was totally overwhelmed by […]
Growing up my mom was strict, but compassionate. When I’d make a mistake, break a rule, or give up, she’d expect me to be better, but with an undertone of “getting” it. “Jenny, you’re fifteen and in love. I understand, it’s a beautiful feeling. But you can’t just lie there listening to the Sleepless In […]
More often than not, I have to make a conscious effort to get through the afternoon slump. Here’s what’s worked for us!
You’ve probably done the activity where you draw on white paper with a white crayon and then use watercolor paint to make the crayon marks appear. This is a fun, collaborative variation of that same idea. In this activity, you’ll start by drawing a simple picture in white crayon. Then you’ll give instructions to your […]
My younger son is getting ready to go to kindergarten this fall. I only taught kindergarten for one year, but I still remember some of the minor struggles the little ones had in those first days. Problems that looked tiny from my adult perspective had the potential to feel big and stressful to kindergarteners. Teachers […]