educational tips

Share your teaching ideas and success stories with us

Would you like to share a teaching idea or success story you’ve had recently? Please tell us all about it, and it may show up in an upcoming newsletter or in a blog post for PlanningPlaytime.com. We aren’t looking for resources, but stories of an experience or idea that touched you or reached your students in […] Read more…

Home Work – Tip of the Week… Home Work Basketball!!

My 10-year-old daughter recently started playing basketball on a local rec team.  She absolutely loves it, and spends quite a bit of time in the back yard practicing with our hoop and her green and purple ball.  She’s made amazing progress in her skills over such a short time because of the dedication she gives […] Read more…

Skip Counting Songs – Multiply by 6 or 7

Here are the next songs in our Skip Counting series.  My eight-year-old 3rd grader just finished the 7’s song and she can’t wait to pass of her 7’s times tables today.  When I say she’s excited, she was actually jumping up and down at the idea of doing her math, and that, ladies and gentlemen, […] Read more…

Homework: Tip of the Week – HangMan HomeWork

Homework and I do not get along, not because I don’t want my children to spend time learning, but because I want them to be able to do other things too.  I have to find my happy place when the kids, after being gone to school for 7 1/2 hours, get home with hours worth […] Read more…

Sight Words Games – The fun way to do Homework!

My cute kindergartner and I continue our plan to make homework awesome.  She’s the kid that came out jumping, and she hasn’t really stopped moving since.  Each week she gets a list of sight words to memorize, and we are working to make the process and fun as possible.  Keeping her interested in reviewing the […] Read more…

Sight Words Bingo – Learning to Read the Fun Way

Teaching a child to read is one of those amazing things that can build your relationship and open new worlds or it can be a repetitively miserable experience. In college I had the opportunity to work for the America Reads program where I would visit public schools and work with the children who needed a […] Read more…

Someone told me about it, and now I’m telling you.  Get out and spread the word, because LeapFrog has created something amazing.  Letter Factory is a 35 minute miracle.  Here’s the story.  Tad and his family visit the Letter factory where Professor Quigley is teaching the letters their sounds preparing them to go in a […] Read more…