Shut the Box – The Funnest Addition Fluency Game You’ll Ever Play

Tens of thousands of kids struggle with math. Many of the students I tutor experience the same math-driven saga of confusion, frustration, and helplessness, which is then followed by low self-esteem and self-criticism. This is heartbreaking to witness. Whether the child is in elementary, middle, or high school, he is often embarrassed to show that …

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How Waldorfish Helped Me To Be A Better Human

(This article is based on my own personal experience with Waldorfish Beginner’s Art Classes. I am not receiving compensation from my opinion.) I watched as the watercolor paper swayed back and forth, deeper into the shallow, water-filled bin. The water looked clear, cool, and so refreshing. The paper resisted at first, but then I could …

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Bird Matching & Memory Game

Oh boy do we love birds. We live in a semi-tree house, with the living area up in the tree canopy. This makes for a wild view of common birds jumping from branch to branch right outside of our windows. We have plenty of bird feeders to bring them right to our windowsills, and they’ve learned …

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Shark Cakes… Ooh ahah!

Simone (aka Punkee) announced that it was Shark Day. I gave her a quizzical look and asked, “For real?” To which she said, “It is now…” So, Shark Day it was. I was not going to argue since sharks are my ultimate favorite animal in the entire universe. We made shark pancakes, wore whatever sharky, …

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Croaky! A Frog Dissection

The last days of school brought our restlessness to science by considering what make animals tick… internally and anatomically speaking. Home Science Tools has an awesome Intermediate Dissection Kit that gives several easily dissectible animals to complement lessons on vertebrates and invertebrates, anatomy and physiology, or just good ole’ fashioned curiosity to our natural world. The kit also …

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Punkee Says: Fish Girl

Fish Girl By: David Wiesner & Donna Jo Napoli A young mermaid, called Fish Girl, in a boardwalk aquarium, has a chance encounter with an ordinary girl. Their growing friendship inspires Fish Girl’s longing for freedom, independence, and a life beyond the aquarium tank. Sparkling with humor and brilliantly visualized, Fish Girl’s story will resonate …

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Eww, Bacteria!

It never fails. Science can be really, super gross. It can be an eye-opener. And boy, is it oh… SO… fascinating. Take our bacteria experiments for example. I love doing this with kids of all levels because the reactions are totally classic, especially when looking at the bacteria colonies under the microscope: “EWW GROSS!” (Wait …

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