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6 Sep

A note from the author of “GO Home, Mrs. Beekman!” Great words of wisdom! Hi Colleen, I just finished reading your review, and I have tears in my eyes. It is so wonderful that you really got the book, and that you and your son could share it together. From the bottom of my heart, thank you. Of course, “Go Home, Mrs. Beekman!” is an ever so slightly autobiographical book — and my separation issues haven’t quite gone away. Two weeks ago, my youngest left for college, and it’s still difficult to set 17 year old children loose in the wider world, not... 

6 Sep

One of the greatest treats about my website www.teachingheart.net is the treats authors will send me in hopes I will feature their book on my site. This month I have gotten lucky and was sent a variety of back to school books that I did not have and that I have not read. Here is one I recently received and enjoyed!Ann Stampler, the author of “Go Home, Mrs. Beekman“, recently sent me a copy of this adorable book with a request for me to feature it on Teaching Heart here. The night I got it was the second day of Kindergarten for my son. We sat down and read it together. In the story,... 

2 Sep

Tip Junkie is running a week of birthday ideas… For my friends that think we go all out for Z’s parties, hop over to Tip Junkie and check out the super cool parties she is featuring there. The Teaching Heart Spiderman Birthday Party was featured on the Tip Junkie blog! Right now I am about a week away from Z’s big Star Wars Jedi Training Camp Birthday. I love planning parties as I told you here. Still there is so much I want to do and getting it all done is always the problem. So far the garage is cleaned out, the games are all planned, and I have written two scripts (one that... 

30 Aug

The internet is a full of fun and educational things you can do with your children to encourage kindergarten readiness! Below are some free sites that I use with my kiddos. FREE Worksheets and Extra Practice: 1.) http://www.handwritingforkids.com/handwrite/manuscript/javascripts/_my8linestext.htm – Handwriting for Kids site. This free site is great for practicing printing your child’s name. Just type in his or her name and press enter and lined paper with your text will appear. 2.) http://www.tlsbooks.com/preschoolworksheets.htm – Free Preschool Worksheets 3.) http://www.senteacher.org/Worksheet/10/Literacy.xhtml... 

27 Aug

If I could pick a song that summed up my life it would be Blessed by Martina McBride. Today is my birthday and I feel so thankful for all that God has blessed me with. I get kissed by the sun Each morning Put my feet on a hardwood floor I get to hear my children laughing Down the hall through theBedroom door Sometimes I sit on myFront porch swing Just soaking up the day I think to myself, I think to myself This world is a beautiful place I have been blessed And I feel like I’ve found my way I thank God for all I’ve been given At the end of every dayI have been blessed With... 

26 Aug

My little man starts Kindergarten tomorrow. It’s hard to believe this day is already here & he really was THAT little. I wish his little start to becoming a big guy goes smoothly. May God be by his side and watch him when I am not around. May he remember all the things we have taught him about being kind and polite. May he find a special friend. May his little start to big boy life be a good one!!! To Zachary: I wonder what you will be doing on your first day and if everyone will treat you kind. I hope there is a special person, a nice friend that you can find. I wonder if... 

25 Aug

We made the tiny apples this weekend. My kids enjoyed it for about five minutes and then they started eating their creations and I was left to make the rest of the apples. They had fun and that is what counts. We used dots and green apple flavored sugar to decorate. Even my two year old was really into dipping the apples in the dots or colored sugar. My hubby was all over them apples too!!! I’ll be making this for my son’s birthday treat at school (somewhat healthy). They are as cute as they look. I think the Christmas baking will be fun this year since both kiddos can participate. Speaking... 

20 Aug

I was telling my girlfriends about the cutest recipe in the Family Fun Sept. 08 issue. Just look how cute these apples are:I am in love and can’t wait to give this a try with the kiddos. I’ll post our creations when we do this. Looks easy enough and a fun project for them. You can see the recipe here:http://jas.familyfun.go.com/recipefinder/display?id=50565 Of course other bloggers have already tried this recipe… Nikki at Downwright Tasty already did here!and she talks about them here. Love it!!!!  

20 Aug

So, being that I was a teacher I have tons of books on CD (plus I visit amazon and ebay to add to my collection – the way I look at it is that I can resell them later or use in a future classroom). My five year old has been listening to them since he was three and my hope is that my two year old will soon start listening too. I download my kids audio books to playlists on my ipod. The great thing about this is that I can have a bunch of books on one playlist, saving me and my son the time of changing CD’s… if the book is on the playlist it just keeps on playing. Also, I will burn... 

18 Aug

http://www.youtube.com/get_player When my son was 18 months old, I started a playgroup. I was desperate! I had moved back to my hometown and realized… hmmm, all my friends in the area were still busy bar hopping and meeting that perfect guy. I was on a different page in my life. I was married, a mommy, and working from home and needed some sort of adult social interaction besides the few minutes a day I had with my hubby! As a result, I pulled together a few moms I met at the library, one I met at Gymboree, and some I even met online. I invited them to my home to play and that is where... 

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