Going to the Clouds – Literacy + Life

With summer (unofficially) behind us, the days ahead will bring beautiful blue skies and lots of wispy clouds! Clouds are the perfect canvas for literacy activities. They’re free to look at any time you want! They put imagination to work. Cloud gazing can inspire stories. It is a family-friendly activity everyone can play. Literacy In the Clouds When you “transform” a cloud into something concrete is a critical thinking skill. You are using your brain to connect the cloud to something your brain already recognizes. Not all that dissimilar to learning letters and putting them into words. Here are three, go-anywhere activities that send your literacy activities to the clouds! I Spy a Cloud … Have you ever looked at … Read more

Literacy + Life: Summer Road Trip edition

Yeah! Summer is here … time for that summer road trip! Whether you’re headed to the mountains or the ocean, we’d like to invite you to take our new Literacy Road Trip eBook with you. The kids get some fun, educational car games for your summer road trip. You get something to keep them busy and ward off the  pleas of are we there yet? Literacy Road Trip; Games to Make Car Travel Fun (and Educational) is part of our Literacy + Life series. It is a set of ready-made games that engage kids with literacy concepts. Download the book, print the game cards … and you’re ready to roll! Perfect for your summer road trip! There are limitless ways to play Literacy Road … Read more

Can you taste it? a 5 Senses Poem – Yum!

Next up in my poetic journey is a 5 senses poem I wrote about friendship. As you would expect, with a 5 senses poem, each line draws on one of our five senses – taste touch smell sight sound In her explanation of 5 senses poems at the Make and Take blog, colors can make great sensory poetry, too. Friendship – a 5 Senses Poem Friendship is a spring color It smells like a rose And tastes like apple pie friendship sounds like a songbird And feels like a furry white kitten. If I were writing a 5 senses poem about friendship today, it would be … Friendship is iridescent It smells like cinnamon With a taste of hot cocoa … Read more