It’s never too soon to help your kids learn how to spell their names so they’re ready for kindergarten! Try this fun worksheet for a great start or a helpful refresher. Download Now

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Kindergarten Readiness List

While there’s no perfect formula that determines when your child is truly ready for kindergarten, you can use this list below to see how well your child is doing in acquiring the skills found on most kindergarten checklists. Cutting paper

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Make friends with “maybe”

In all the new school excitement many of us parental types can go a little crazy with the sign-up sheets and replying “yes!” to everything we’re asked to do. Lunch duty, room parent, field trips, oh my! While it is

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Make those first days back as stress-free and PLAYFUL as possible

Back-to-school jitters are a very real thing. Remember your first days on a new job with all new comrades and a boss to impress? One of the best ways to help your kiddos ease back into a new school year

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Make Your Own Table Cloth of Awesome

This is one of my secret weapons to encourage playful communication, nag-free school-day reminders and collective FUN for the whole family. I simply cover our dining table with inexpensive butcher or craft paper and then pop some bright markers and/or

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Have a School Day “Dress Rehearsal”

The first day of school is a big deal for most kids… it’s the “big show,” so to speak. And before every big show, there are usually a few full-on dress rehearsals, right? One way to calm first-day jitters is

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Plan for PLAY Breaks During Homework Time

Homework can be the bane of both kids’ and their parent’s existence. Just follow parental tweets around 5pm everyday and you’ll see what I mean. One way to lighten the mood and tension level when 3rd grade math has got

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Set Your Morning Rush to Music

School-day mornings are often super busy, bustling and stressful. One way to make the morning rush a little more fun and enjoyable is to let music lead the way! Create a playlist of songs for your kids to use as

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