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Treasure Hunt Notes ~ A Reading Game

Hello all!  I hope you are enjoying these early days of summer!  If you're needing a fun learning activity for your kids at home, read on...

One of my (many!) early career aspirations was to become a preschool teacher, so I really enjoyed spending time at home with my kids (well, I usually enjoyed it!) when they were little.

We were often in the living room, singing and dancing to a Spanish cassette tape (cassette tapes, whaaat?),  playing memory games, or writing little stories to make into books created from the wallpaper sample books we'd collect.  (Wallpaper, what is wallpaper?)

My inner child and my inner teacher thrived.

Many of the activities we did involved letters, books, and reading. (I'm a reading tutor!)

One of the fun, simple things we did as my kids were learning to read was a treasure hunt inside the house. The treasure hunt required reading multiple simple clues that eventually led to a prize.

Reading game at

Brush Lettering with Crayola Markers

Recently, I've learned Crayola markers can be used for brush lettering. So I wanted to try it. It works!

Brush Lettering with Crayola Markers at

Now, I do have a lot of brush markers already... (Obsessed, remember?)  Maybe, though, you want to give brush lettering a whirl, and you don't have a brush marker yet.

Home Matters Linky Party #109

Welcome to the weekly Home Matters Linky Party. A great place to come, share your blog posts, and make new friends. 

Home Matters Linky Party #109!

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Fun Ideas for Your Fall Parties and Crafts

Ok, this Ewok costume was going to be the finale of this post, but how can I not start with it?  Isn't Sunny the cutest Ewok you've ever seen??  Even despite the fuzzy phone picture?!  And, no worries, Sunny loves it.  (We wouldn't do it if she didn't.)

Ewok dog

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

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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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

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