Independence Day – July 4th Learning Activities – Happy Fourth of July!

Happy Day-Before-July 4th!


July 4th
Happy July 4th


(If you’re not from the US, happy celebrating the freedoms that you have and the people who went before you that made it possible)

July 4th is tomorrow…perfect time for all those patriotic  family events  such as  picnics, parades  and of course the  fathers outdoing themselves at the BBQ. I just wanted to be sure you had these activities in time for the 4th! I too will be out celebrating independence day and eating too much BBQ.
Here are a few sneaky  July 4th learning activities during the festivities.
Have your child get their camera out or borrow your phone. Have them take pictures at all the events that  your attend  tomorrow.
Afterwards, on July 5th,  print the pictures and  put  them together with a quick summary of your day. Tailor the he amount of detail and words to your child’s age.  Create a family notebook and put in their masterpiece.  At the end of the summer you’ll have a GREAT family memory book as well!
For your younger kids you can have them keep a chart of the number of red items, blue items and white items they see. Tomorrow or next week, when all the family has left, you can help them graph it out to see which color was the most popular.
Make your own decorations using the flag or other patriotic decor. This is a great time to talk about what all the parts mean and what is the significance of independence and patriotism. Younger kids can just color and start getting familiar with all the parts. This is also a great time to revisit the arms of government.
Remember to keep active as this can improve  several areas of learning including auditory memory, visual memory, laterality, and directionality.
Please share your pix with us of any learning activities you do. We would love to see them. If you come up with other great patriotic  July 4th learning activities or ideas, please comment below so others can use them for next year.
Have a great July 4th

Summer Reading!

Summer is finally here !

Research by the International Reading Association has  shown that children who do not read during the summer can lose up to three months of reading progress and the loss of that knowledge is a cumulative and has a long-term effect. To help with that, we have a great summer reading sale going on now at our ebay store. Go on over and stock up on books and teaching staples for a summer full of reading and learning!

Summer Reading Sale
Summer Reading Sale Going on Now

So take the time out of school  right now and incorporate learning and reading along with all those other fun activities, like camp and lazy days at the beach. Some ideas of what your child can do to keep the knowledge from the last school year:

  • Write Stories in the sand while at the beach.
  • Write a journal of all the summer activities
  • Join a summer reading contest at your local library or bookshop
  • Get some books out of the library of places you will visit and activities that you have planned
  • Read and find items on the shopping list
  • Help prepare meals by reading the recipes and measuring
  • Read a book and re-enact it with friends
  • Make a game and write out the rules for the whole family to follow

Enjoy your Summer reading adventures !  Stop by the store for many books for summer reading at great prices!


Are you making this common mistake when teaching your child to read?


lowercase alphabet letters common mistake when teaching your child to read
lowercase alphabet letters

Are you making the common mistake of starting to teach the letter symbols with uppercase letters versus the lowercase letters when teaching your child to read?. If you look at most written text that you read everyday, approximately 95% of it is in lowercase!

If you want your child to be an early reader and to read easily, then stack the deck in their favor and start with what they will see the most often – lowercase letters. This sometimes is easier said than done, since most of the alphabet blocks and magnetic letters that you find to buy are uppercase.

We have found a wonderful wooden lowercase alphabet letters set that is perfect for small hands to use and helps you avoid this common mistake when teaching your child to read!  The beauty of alphabet tiles is you can use them for a great number of things besides just using them to learn the letter sounds and begin creating words.  They are great to also use as game pieces and in craft projects.

Yes, your child will need to learn the uppercase letters to complete their knowledge, but it should not be the first thing they learn. This is a common mistake when teaching your child to read that is easily avoided.

Do you have a reluctant reader?

You have done everything you can think of to encourage your child to read and he or she is just not interested. All is not lost.

First be sure your child is a reluctant reader because of a lack of desire rather than ability.

  • Has his vision been checked?
  • Has her teacher expressed concern?

This of course would need to be addressed.If there is no physical or learning difficulty that is interfering with reading, then continue role modeling your love of reading; read to your child daily; keep on with your trips to the library.

Also make an effort to introduce reading into daily living activities.

  • Bake with your child and have him read the recipe out loud.
  • Have her be the navigator when you are driving; she can read the map and road signs.
  • Take your child grocery shopping and he can read the shopping list and find the products.
  • Have her check out nutrition values on the labels, if that is age appropriate.
  • Read the newspaper comics together.
  • Do science experiments with your child reading the instructions.
  • Introduce him to computer games that encourage reading.
  • Play board games that require reading or spelling.

Finally a reluctant reader may simply not be interested in the reading material available to them. Follow your child’s passion and find non-fiction books and magazines that are relevant. Help your child choose fiction books that are attractive to his or her personality.
Don’t despair; literacy can be developed in so many ways.