Best Books Cheat Sheet - By Age!

by Admin 20. December 2013 10:06

Looking for a last minute gift? Planning a library trip?


Head to the books and focus on the classics with this cheat sheet!



Goodnight Moon

Where the Wild Things Are

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Pat the Bunny

Knuffle Bunny


The Runaway Bunny

Freight Train

Black on White

Moo, Baa, La La La!





The Snowy Day

Green Eggs and Ham

The Giving Tree


The Dot

The Little Engine That Could

Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!

The Mitten


The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry and the Big Hungry Bear



Charlotte’s Web

Frog and Toad Are Friends

The Wind in the Willows

When Marian Sang

Where the Sidewalk Ends

The Phantom Tollbooth

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon

The Secret Garden

Zen Shorts




A Wrinkle in Time

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Anne of Green Gables

Tuck Everlasting

The Giver

Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret?

The Hunger Games

Diary of a Wimpy Kid

The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe

The Lighting Thief






4 Ways Kids can help with Holiday Meal Prep

by Admin 25. November 2013 14:23


Make PLACE CARDS for the table.
The concept may be unfamiliar to young children…as name cards are reserved for the 
fanciest of occasions. But after some explanation and maybe a quick Etsy Google search, 
they’ll be on board. Haul out the art supplies and let their creativity go wild. 
{note: the name cards on Etsy are print-perfect gorgeous, turn to Google instead!}  
Create a TABLE DISPLAY inspired by nature.
Get the kids out of the kitchen and outside! Send them on a hunt for acorns, pine cones 
or other finds from the back yard. Then create a beautiful, simple display.
FOLD NAPKINS in a “fancy” way. 
For a complete guide of fancy napkins and easy directions go here.
ARRANGE a vegetable tray, cracker plate, fruit dish or basket of rolls.
Kids want to be helpers! Finding little ways for them to assist will mean the world to 
them and make the Holiday special.

Note from a Concerned Tooth Fairy

by Admin 21. November 2013 09:24

Dear Addison,

      I came by your room tonight to retrieve your tooth and leave your payment. However, because of the condition of your bedroom, I had an awful time getting to your bed. And I was unable to locate your tooth due to the amount of pillows, blankets, stuffed animals and toys on your bed.

      I will have to come by on a different night – maybe you could take the time between now and then to properly clean your room? If you nicely asked your mother, she might even help you do it.


                                                                                               The Tooth Fairy 

One Room, Two Kids

by Admin 21. November 2013 08:40

In a shared bedroom, children learn valuable lessons in cooperation and compromise but they should not have to give up their own sense of style.

With the right setup, siblings can stay true to themselves and find plenty of common ground. Encourage them to make their mark on the room by focusing on: 

- Favorite color choices

- Photos and handmade art

 - Fun accessories each child picks for their “area”

- Monograms or personalization

The key is to find the right balance between two core elements - storage and privacy. Storage is essential and should be worked in wherever possible. Privacy helps reduce the tension associated with living with different personalities.

First, start with the beds. Give each child a defined sleeping area. Bunk beds offer the perfect solution in shared spaces for children six and over but 2 Beds strategically placed in a room can also work. Placing the beds along opposite walls or using a daybed configuration can provide more floor space to play and give kids more individual space.

Tip! Coordinating Bed linens creates a tidy look. Use reversible comforters and mix-and-match pillows to maintain order without strict matching.

Next, work in smaller storage pieces around the beds. Just don’t overlook the space under the beds! Underbed Storage Units or Trundle/Storage Drawers save valuable floor space and tackle clutter, allowing room for a Desk or Dresser.


Last, layer in personal touches. Wall decals with names or art featuring their monograms reinforce the concept of individual areas in shared spaces.


Designed to Succeed: Tips for an Effective Study Spot

by Admin 26. September 2013 14:43

With the thrill of the first days of school just past, it is time to focus on designing an effective work spot for kids. Parents play a key role in helping children learn to be organized. Some Tips: 

Routines are key. Pick a time of day to tackle homework (right after school, after dinner, right before bed) and stick with it. Plan on some breaks (for example young children don’t 


focus well for more than 20 minutes) as needed. And end the routine with bags packed ready for the next day.

Make a work zone. Designate an area for homework and studying. The kitchen table might work, but not if traffic and distractions are high. A child’s bedroom is a great choice, as long as they have room to spread out materials and can concentrate. A table or desk to write on, place to stash supplies, and a memo board to post notes and a calendar are helpful. Good lighting, room for a laptop/

computer, and a comfortable chair are also considerations.


Post the goal. Setting a goal is easy. Remembering it as you work towards it is harder. Ask your student to make a sign about the goal. It could be a huge letter A or a drawing of your student doing something fun as a reward. Then post it where he will see it as he works.

Encourage organization. Give everything a place. Encouraging your student to pick supplies and get their study spot organized may help them keep it that way and put stuff back.

Be tough. No TV, email, devices (ipad or ipod) or calls during study time.

Consider Music. Don’t automatically ban music. Light background music may help your student work. Others may find music or radio commercials distracting. Earphones may help.


Handy resources for Homework Help: