Back to School Parties

The following is by contributor Vanessa Brown of I Never Grew Up.

I am trying to distract myself from the fact that in a couple of weeks my first child will be entering school. As soon as she enters those doors I will, without a doubt, break into some pretty embarrassing sobs and heaves.

I know that in order to not give my daughter a complex I need to get myself busy preparing for something that will show my excitement for her entering school.

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Playful Learning Giveaway – and the Winner is …

Thank you to everyone who entered the  book and e-course giveaway!  I really do think this is a book that every parent should have on their bookshelves and I”m excited that a Simple Kids reader is going to win a copy as well as a spot in the e-course.

So, without further delay … the winner is:



“Great ideas! I”d love to read the book!”


Rachel, check your email for further instructions and we”ll get you all set up with your prizes.

Thanks again to everyone who entered and thank you to Mariah Bruehl for allowing Simple Kids to be a part of the Playful Learning book tour.  If you didn”t win,  I encourage you to check out the  book as well as the for more ideas and inspiration.

Weekend Link Love (and some Baby Love)

Whoops!  I need to apologize to you, dear readers.  Evidently I”m not as clever as I thought I was when I was setting up posts for my blogging break and I didn”t get yesterday”s Ages and Stages: Preschoolers post up for you.  The post will run tomorrow, and I”ll try to be more on top of things in the future.

(I can”t even use sleep deprivation as an excuse, since I set up the posts before baby Mia was born.  Can you believe she”s almost 4 weeks old?)

In the meantime, while I haven”t been doing much blog reading lately, there are a few links I”d love to bring to your attention today:

  • Tsh, Simple Mom, released her new e-book One Bite at a Time, which is full of projects to help you make life simpler, in 52 “bites” (as you know, slow and steady is my favorite way to make changes, and at $5 the book is a bargain)
  • launched this past week.  I encourage you to head to the site to see how you can help with their current projects.
  • You”ve got until midnight EST tonight to enter the Playful Learning book and e-course giveaway
  • I”ve add a few new craft ideas, recipes, and inspiration for children”s spaces to my Pinterest boards

Have a fantastic Sunday, my friends!

Now, I”m going back to snuggling on this baby …

Habits of Heart and Mind (and a Playful Learning Giveaway, too!)

Hello readers!  I”m so excited about today”s post! Simple Kids contributor Mariah Bruehl has written an amazing book called .  I have been reading my copy and making notes likes crazy, getting so many new ideas and inspiration from her. I”ll admit that I”m a little biased because I think quite highly of Mariah, but I truly think this is one of those books that belongs on every parent”s bookshelf.

Mariah is also the genius behind the website and and the e-course . She”s got a fun post and a terrific giveaway for you today. Thanks Mariah! – Kara

This giveaway is now closed.  The winner will be announced on Tuesday, August 30th.  Thanks!

Now that the book has made its way out into the world, many people have asked me what my goal was in writing the book. I must say, that is a hard question to answer, but if I had to choose one thing that I hope to accomplish, it is that children and families co-create habits of heart and mind.

Yes, it is important that children memorize their addition and multiplication facts and become proficient in important skills and drills. Yet, if they are not developed within a larger context of intellectual character then we are missing the mark.

Having written the book roughly two years ago, I have had the benefit of seeing how many of the learning experiences have had an impact on my daughters over time. Not only in the development of their skills, but also in their disposition towards fully utilizing and expressing their new-found abilities.

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Back to School: 6 Things Your Child’s Teacher Wants You to Know

The following post was written by contributor Emily Carter of The Pilots Wife.  It originally appeared in September 2010.

The time is upon us again. Back to School is in full swing across the country. As you are gathering your supplies and shopping for new clothes, I wanted to share some thoughts on heading back to school from a teacher’s perspective.

Your child’s teacher might not share these things with you, but I can assure you, they will be thinking them!

6 Tips for Heading Back to School

1. View This Year as a Clean Slate

Last year your child may have had their very favorite teacher (or maybe not-so-favorite). Regardless of the previous teacher, look at this new year as a chance to start fresh.

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