Nature is My Curriculum

What curriculum should I buy? How can I get my kids to do their work when they won’t sit for more than ten minutes? Just step outside into nature and the learning possibilities are infinite. Being in nature stimulates the brain and naturally engages kids so the learning happens effortlessly. Just being in nature hasContinue reading “Nature is My Curriculum”

Do you know a child who is learning English as their second or even third language?

Learning a new language is exciting and literally opens the door to a new world of possibilities. While there is no substitute for human interaction when learning a language there are lots of apps available to help create stories, translate or just work on idioms for home and/or classroom use. Looking for language learning apps?Continue reading “Do you know a child who is learning English as their second or even third language?”

September is Latinx history month and it’s a great time to stock up on the best of Latinx authors, illustrators and children’s stories to read throughout the year.

Representation matters! There are so many beautifully illustrated and written children’s books featuring Latinx characters, stories and authors. My only dilemma is overspending on books. Mighty Girl has a great list of recommendations which you can find here: https://www.amightygirl.com/blog/?p=13062 Hip Latina provides their top 20 books for young children as well as must have suggestionsContinue reading “September is Latinx history month and it’s a great time to stock up on the best of Latinx authors, illustrators and children’s stories to read throughout the year.”

Dyslexia/aixelsyD

Are you concerned about your child’s reading ability? Is your child struggling with decoding basic words? Difficulty with rhyming? Struggling with spelling? A resistant reader? When you think of dyslexia do you think letter reversals and reading backwards? Dyslexia is NOT a visual disorder. Dyslexics see the same as non dyslexics. The difficulty lies inContinue reading “Dyslexia/aixelsyD”

Do you love Amanda Gorman?

“I can hear change humming In its loudest, proudest song. I don’t fear change coming, And so I sing along.” “I’m the daughter of Black writers. We’re descended from freedom fighters who broke through chains and change the world. They call me” Of course you do! How can you not love strength, courage, political activismContinue reading “Do you love Amanda Gorman?”

The First Step: A Blog for Kids & Created by Kids

You can find The First Step Blog here: https://candicenarvaez.wordpress.com/2021/03/17/how-to-zig-zag-on-a-skateboard-by-aria/ Like most kids, my nine year old loves stories. He loves to tell stories to his friends when he’s building a home in Minecraft or while building a fort. Like many nine year olds, he has a constant dialogue going. He loves listening to stories readContinue reading “The First Step: A Blog for Kids & Created by Kids”

My kid hates to write!

Sound familiar? A little too familiar? I’ve been there as well, on the battleground with pencil in hand, trying to convince my then seven year old that writing can be freeing and fun. I’d tell my kid things like,writing is important because you want to be able to express yourself and have your ideas writtenContinue reading “My kid hates to write!”

Author Study

An author study is a great way to deepen a child’s love of books in addition to teaching them critical thinking and literary analysis skils. Learn about how to create your own dream author study and why your kids will be motivated to read more as a result.