Free Valentine’s Day Class Card Printable


Print these cute free Valentine's Day cards at home for free. Just attach toothbrushes, pencils, or other treats, and you have instant valentines for the entire class!

Today’s post is sponsored by the CHPA Educational Foundation’s KnowYourOTCs program.

My oldest daughter, Abby, had her first experience with cavities this year. It was not fun for her and it is something she would really like to avoid in the future, if possible!

I don’t actually buy candy very often, but it seems like every time I turn around someone is handing it to my kids. There are treats at class parties, Sunday school, doctor’s appointments, visit with friends. It is almost impossible to avoid.  We have three children, so with Valentine’s Day coming up this week, there will be 3 class parties worth of candy coming into our house. That’s over 50 treats. Yikes! [Read more…]

Homemade Crème Brulee

Creme Brulee recipe from Monarch Rooftop & Indoor Lounge Executive Chef Daniel Billheimer

Today I am excited to be able to share a guest recipe with you from Chef Daniel Billheimer, who is the Executive Chef at the Monarch Rooftop & Indoor Lounge in Manhattan. 

With Valentine’s Day coming up in just a few weeks, Chef Daniel knew that we would be looking to prepare some special meals at home and he wanted to share a sweet and romantic recipe that does not require a ton of ingredients. 

Here is his Chambord Crème Brulee:   [Read more…]

Easy Ways to Help Struggling Readers

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Easy ways to help kids who are learning to read. Love the tape recorder idea!

If you have been following the blog for a while, then you might know that in my pre-blogging life I was an elementary school teacher. 

I have worked with every grade level from first through sixth, but there is something very special about the younger grades and teaching kids to read. Seeing the lightbulb click on in their heads and knowing that you had a part in helping them figuring out how to crack that code, and you have given them a skill that will stay with them forever– that is magic! 

It is no secret, though, that some kids struggle more than others along the way and reading is a challenge for them. 

If you have a struggling reader at home, here are a few very easy strategies that you can put in place right away. 

Ways to Help Struggling Readers  [Read more…]