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Multisensory Gel Bag or Board

Senora Schlatter was my Spanish teacher in 4th, 5th, and 6th grades. She was amazing and was one of the biggest influences on my own teaching style. The first two years, our group was small, and we learned colors and numbers with a game called Lo Tengo (which was actually Bingo. Well, it literally translates to "I Have It.") We learned the Spanish names for the items in the room with labeled index cards--la silla (the chair), la mesa (the table), el lapiz (the pencil), etc.  It was so much FUN to learn Spanish. (Learning Spanish that early also helped me a lot in Spanish classes all the way through college.)  But, this post isn't about Spanish.

Flash forward to reading tutor me.  I have found that keeping kids engaged, the way Senor Schlatter did, is key to keeping them learning. If you have a preschooler at home, learning should be about play and fun anyway.

And this gel board is fun.


Multisensory Gel Board~anartfulmom.com


I have seen many versions of this gel board online, and I instantly fell in love with it when I saw one.

Home Matters Linky Party #101

Welcome to the weekly Home Matters Linky Party. A great place to come, share your blog posts, and make new friends. What a week I've had! I truly hope yours wasn't as crazy.  (My computer died, but I'm back with a much faster model, so I'm grateful for that, despite all of the hassle!)  I'm so glad you're here for the party.

Home Matters Linky Party #101!

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Home Matters Linky Party #100

Welcome to the weekly Home Matters Linky Party. A great place to come, share your blog posts, and make new friends. I'm so happy you're here!

Home Matters Linky Party #100 & GIVEAWAY!

Home Matters Linky Party #100 + Giveaway - Come join the fun and link your blog posts -- Door Opens Friday EST. #HomeMattersParty #Giveaway #LinkyParty
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Home Matters Linky Party #99

Welcome to the weekly Home Matters Linky Party. A great place to come, share your blog posts, and make new friends. This is my second week co-hosting this fun party, and I'm happy you're here!

Home Matters Linky Party #99!

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A Treat for Bookworms

I've written about back to school time here at my blog.  I'll say it again, "I LOVE BACK TO SCHOOL TIME!"   I always have.

Only one of my own "kids" will be going back to school this year--her senior year of college!  How can that be?!  She'll be in an apartment this year with her friends, and I'm excited for her. She's a little sad, too, because this will be her last year.  She won't miss the schoolwork, but she will miss the fun of living with her friends, late night snack runs, and walks in the woods behind the dorms. Transitions are so bittersweet.  (For kids and their moms.)

As many of you know, I'm a reading tutor.  I love to read, and I love to encourage kids to read.  

Fun bookworm treat for back to school~anartfulmom.com

Home Matters Linky Party #98

Welcome to the weekly Home Matters Linky Party. A great place to come, share your blog posts, and make new friends. This is my first week to co-host this fun party, so I'm excited to share it with you.

Home Matters Linky Party #98!

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A Handmade Photo-Book or Journal

I'm sharing a quick mini-scrapbook or journal idea today, that even the most uncrafty of you can make. Really!

The final size of mine was 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 (half sheets of cardstock), but you can make yours any size you like.

Handmade Mini-Srapbook or Journal~ anartfulmom.com


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