• Writing a Book

    Last week I started reading aloud Owl Boy and the Voodoo Priest, written by the father of Luke’s best friend. Luke and Colton have loved the action-packed adventure, begging for me to read at bedtime. They are also very impressed that they…

  • A Child Forever

    This year it really hit me that I no longer have a baby, a toddler, or a preschooler anymore. Not even a Kindergartener or a First Grader. The boys are now full-on Elementary School kids. I got used to being a…

  • Sidewalk Chalk Math

    Luke has struggled with double digit addition, especially when needing to carry numbers/regroup digits. Several weeks ago, before the Christmas break, he started 1:1 after-school tutoring sessions with his second grade teacher. Thanks to her support, his self talk went from…

  • Scrabble Spelling & Math

    An early morning game of Scrabble got our morning off to a surprisingly better start than most days. Colton pulled out the board game and I got my cup of coffee ready. Luke clamored to join in after we got started…

  • Cooking Wednesday’s: EVOO Donuts 🍩

    Colton is a 6-year-old ball of raw energy. That energy can be used for good or a lot of mischief at any moment. This morning I was determined to keep my cool and connect with him on something he cared about…

  • Minecraft Math

    I’m a big believer in incorporating the boys’ obsessions of the moment (from the Garbage truck days to Dinosaurs to Minecraft) into learning activities.  A little motivation goes a long way.  I found another Minecraft themed math workbook that’s been making…

  • Summer Rules

    Summer Rules! I slightly tweaked a template found online. It’s a little hit and miss so far, but this framework has overall been helpful. Especially for Luke who likes to know what’s expected without the structure of school. I love hearing…

  • 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…