“The Mystery Beanie Baby” Reward System

If you are around my age, you may remember the huge beanie baby craze.  People were spending a fortune to grab the hottest versions which were the most collectible.  As with most crazes, it passed and families had hoards of … Continue reading →

Hey New Jersey, What’s Going on in First Grade?

I have always been very honored to be a go to person to many friends both in the education field as well as parents looking for some feedback about what is happening with children in school.  While I was staying … Continue reading →


Mini Maker Fair at Barnes and Noble

S.T.E.M. is certainly a hot toy market these days, which excites most educators and parents!  Today we headed to Barnes and Noble to check out the Mini Maker Fair and get our hands on toys that  we would never get … Continue reading →


National Geographic: The Book of Heroes and Heroines Giveaway

I asked my children what makes someone a hero: One child responded by saying that a spider must bite you and then you turn into a super hero.  The other one (the older child) said that you must accomplish something … Continue reading →

img_3792 for First Grade Too? GIVEAWAY!

When my youngest was five she begged for the subscription and after being worn down by her repeated requests, I finally tried the free trial.  We were very happy with what they offered.  I contacted the company to see … Continue reading →


Brian Chase Week One

Do you know what it is to chiffonade?  Have you done it?  Thanks to Brain Chase and their cooking elective, my 9 year old used the chiffonade method to cut basil for our cauliflower pizzas.  In fact he not only … Continue reading →


Barnes and Noble- Get Your Free Book for Summer Reading

Last year I shared with you some great cheap or free summer activities and programs. We have always participated in the summer reading programs through Barnes and Noble. Usually the kids need to read and record ten books to achieve … Continue reading →


Stop the Summer Slide with this $10K Treasure Hunt

The summer slide is not exactly a fun ride at a water park, but it is, however, a reality for most students.  As a teacher, I have tried everything to keep the kids up with academics over the summer.  Usually … Continue reading →

Light Math Before Bed?

A friend recommended the app and website Bedtime Math.  I am not sure about at your house, but we have been seeing an increase in the amount of time our school is spending on problem solving.   Don’t you remember … Continue reading →


5 Reasons to Read to Older Children

Students who enjoy reading and those that reading comes easily to can gobble up books at lightning speed.  I am amazed at what the fifth graders are reading and just how quickly they move from novel to novel.  A quick … Continue reading →