• Learning to Read: Ice Cream Soup

    I found a young reader book with a fascinating subject matter.  The boys happily worked hard to read the story so they could make the same ice cream creation. They sounded out new words and helped each other decode the recipe. …

  • Class Cookies

    On Friday after school, Luke asked, “How many kids are in my class?” I told him I thought there were twelve or so. “No mom, I need to know exactly, like fourteen or fifteen?” I told him we have a school…

  • Puzzle Strategy

    Luke loves puzzles, but the 200 piece sets have been too tricky for him to do alone. The last time we finished the puzzle together he mostly left it for me to work on. After it was put together that time…

  • Pumpkin Math

    Luke has been asking to grow pumpkins ever since a recent class field trip to a pumpkin farm. “Mom, I will make a sign. It will tell everyone in the neighborhood to come in and pick a pumpkin. Can we take out…

  • Sharing the AC

    We’re in the middle of a heat wave this week. Our house is really hot, but the old window AC units in the bedrooms help a little bit.  I checked on the boys’ room before I went to bed around midnight…

  • Boys at Work

    “Mom, I need a work space. Just like yours. A computer. And a phone.” Luke was very persistent with his request so I pulled out my laptop and a side table next to the couch to make a small desk. I…

  • Light Table Drawings

    Colton wanted to trace a dinosaur print and was struggling to see through the paper.  I had an idea for him. I pulled out our Ikea FLISAT children’s table with buckets under the removable flat table top panels, a 12 in. x…

  • Ghostbuster Proton Packs

    The boys have been obsessed with The Ghostbusters lately. Through the kitchen window, I watched them run around, engrossed in a game where they acted out a made up Ghostbuster movie script that combined (loud) imaginative play and a whole bucket…

  • Ball Game

    The boys came up with a game the other evening they like to call “The Ball Game.” The rules are simple. Grab a colorful plastic ball, hold it at the same starting point, and on the count of three, toss if…