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Hiking at Seven Tubs, Wilkes Barre

It’s the first day of our spring break and the weather was absolutely perfect for some outdoor fun.  Throw in a few good friends and we were ready for an adventure.  We headed out to Seven Tubs Natural Area. It … Continue reading →

A Kindergarten Crush

My daughter has had her eye on a little boy all year.  It is sweet and innocent.  I catch her writing his name on things with phonetic spelling.  I asked her what it is that she likes about this boy. … Continue reading →

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5 Easy Ways to Increase Science and Social Studies Learning at Home

I have seen a rapid decline in the amount of time focused on Science and Social Studies in the elementary school setting.  This is especially the case in the primary grades.  With the push toward standardized testing and increased pressures, … Continue reading →

Young Innovators Fair Coming to Philadelphia Area -Giveaway 4 Tickets!

We are so excited to surprise the kids and go to this amazing event!   Greater Philadelphia Expo Center – January 2 and 3, 2016 Whether or not your child has shown an interest in science, technology, engineering, or math … Continue reading →

My new favorite for beginnng readers, it has been such a help with getting Cecily excited to read!

Can You Help Your Reluctant Reader Find Joy In Reading?

Most of my decade teaching was spent teaching students to read. The majority of the children I taught, had learning disabilities in the area of reading.  My work focused on helping these students learn to read, but that alone was … Continue reading →

Holiday Books- Auntie Claus and the Key to Christmas

We love books and holiday books are a great way to get into the season! Here is a review of some of our favorites. We are going to be taking out some new to us books from the library and … Continue reading →

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Is There Still Joy in Public Elementary School?

I taught in three elementary schools in three states for a total of 9 years before taking time off to be home with my two children.  After 8 years out of the public school as a teacher, I am dipping … Continue reading →

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Baby on the Hip Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins- 5 years later

These are a true stand by in my house, so easy to make.  We have been sharing this recipe for years and always to rave reviews. So here is the original post from 5 years ago with some updated shots … Continue reading →

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Creative Play, Worth the Mess

It is a rainy day, the kind that chills you to the bone and never ceases.  The kind that cancels soccer games , hay rides, and pumpkin visits.  My kids have eaten breakfast and lunch, their teeth are brushed, but … Continue reading →

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Chacko’s Bowling Deal

   Our favorite place to bowl is Chacko’s in Wilkes Barre and here are some of the reasons. large well maintained bowling alley with clean bathrooms excellent food friendly staff ample parking and easy to get to location wonderful specials … Continue reading →