Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Teaching Blogs on Facebook

Michelle at Kinder Fun is hosting a Facebook Mixer - to connect other teachers & teaching blogs on Facebook.  

What a great way to network with other educators!
Click the picture below to join the fun:

You can find Literacy and Laughter's Facebook page by clicking here

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Pinterest Linky Party

Hi, my name is Amy and I am addicted to Pinterest. 
Really, I just started- but this is getting ridiculous! :)

There are SO MANY creative ideas that people are sharing on Pinterest. My children and I loved making this adorable centerpiece for Madilynn's 4th birthday:

I am currently working on two other projects from Pinterest:

for my classroom

for my daughter's preschool teacher

I was so excited to read that Michelle's Math in the Middle blog was hosting a Pinterest Linky Party

Please consider following me on Pinterest using the button on the left side of my blog.... and joining the fun at Michelle's Pinterest Linky Party

Can't wait to link up! 

Friday, July 22, 2011

Adorable Seuss Bracelet Giveaway!!!

Adorable Dr. Seuss Bracelet Giveaway!!!

  My awesome Kindergarten team and I love all things Dr. Seuss. Our kindergarten friends spend two weeks in March reading all of his books, studying his craft, and doing many FUN Seuss activities. 

Check out all of our Seuss Fun here:

I was SUPER EXCITED when I read that this adorable Seuss bracelet was being given away:

Head on over to 4th Grade Frolics  to enter this giveaway. 

And check out Sophie's Beads to shop for more adorable book bracelets. 

Good Luck!! 

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Cuddle Up and Read

My husband Mike, cuddling up and reading with our children, Madilynn and Scott. 

Teaching Blog Addicts is hosting an awesome linky party called Teaching Tips for Parents. 

It is a compilation of simple teaching tips for parents.
 I highly recommend checking it out here.

When parents ask me how they can best help their child succeed in Kindergarten, my reply is always the same, "Cuddle up and read"

Often parents push a little further asking for "real homework like flashcards, games, or worksheets" to help their child learn to read. Again, my response, "Cuddle up and read"

I truly believe reading daily with your child is one of the best ways to help them learn how to read. It is also a really great way to slow down and connect with your child. You can never start too early (board boards are my go to baby shower gift) and once they start reading is no reason to stop. 

My children and I love this special time together each night.

This is what I read last night with my soon to be 4 year old:

And here's what I read with my soon to be 4th grader:

 Reading with your children promotes many reading skills such as fluency, vocabulary building, comprehension, listening, but ABOVE ALL it gives them a relaxed, fun way to fall in love with books and reading. 

Looking for a great list of books to get started?

Children's Book Guide has put together a list of the top 100 children's books of all time. 

We also love to just browse at our public library. Browsing is how we came across a few books that have become favorites:


Parents and Teachers- 

check out all of the other GREAT teaching tips at