Gina Ogden

National Inventors Month

National Inventors Month Helps Kids to Dream Big

National Inventors Month is for recognizing the people who have changed the world with their inventions. Where would we be without inventors? Every day, we each use several things that someone invented. And it took courage to come up with an idea, design and test it, and then release it to the public. We can appreciate the individuals who came up with these wonderful inventions throughout history, and we can celebrate our own kids’ ideas and efforts to invent too. Do you have little inventors in your home or in your classroom? I know a little boy who always has …

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National Superhero Day

Ways to Learn and Grow on National Superhero Day

Are your kids into superheroes? They have plenty to choose from, especially with the focus on superhero movies over the last several years. Because of this, many superheroes are now more well known outside of the comic book community than they were before. And we’ve been able to see a wider variety of superheroes, showing us that any of us can rise to our challenges and change the world around us. So how fun that there is a National Superhero Day to celebrate with our kids! Where did it come from? National Superhero Day was started by Marvel Comics in …

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Look Up at the Sky with Your Kids Today

Today is National Look Up at the Sky Day! What does that mean? Well, it’s a day to take a moment to stop and look up. Instead of moving forward with the rush of our lives, we can take time to notice the sky, no matter what time of day it is, and appreciate everything about that moment. There has been a heightened emphasis on awareness in the last few years. So today, let’s take a moment to look up at the sky. The History The history of National Look Up at the Sky Day isn’t very clear. But it …

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learning about farm animals

It’s a Great Time for Learning about Farm Animals

Little ones love to learn about farm animals. And we parents love to teach them about farm animals. We often ask our kids things like, “What does a cow say?” When we talk about any specific animal, our little ones will burst out with the sound that animal makes. So as we approach National Farm Animals Day on April 10, let’s look at ways to have even more fun learning about farm animals with our kids. Picture Books  There are so many resources available for learning about farm animals. This is a good time to take a trip to your …

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Adding a Little More Poetry to Our Lives

We can tend to think of poetry as being outside of our normal interests. And we can assume that poetry is boring or inaccessible, especially for children. But with April being National Poetry Month, it’s a good time to evaluate these assumptions about poetry and its place in our reading repertoire. And kids can especially enjoy and benefit from poetry. So during this National Poetry Month, let’s consider adding a little more poetry to our lives. Poetry is for kids too The rhyming nature of poetry can appeal to children in the same way as a well rhythmed song. And …

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Make Up Your Own Holiday Together

The calendar is full of all kinds of holidays, with a reason to celebrate for almost every day of the year. It’s fun to insert these fun days into our schedules, to stop for donuts because it’s a donut day, or to hunt for phone booths or fun landmarks. But on March 26, we will have a different kind of holiday. It will be Make Up Your Own Holiday Day! The possibilities are endless with this special day. It’s a great chance to get creative or to go back and celebrate one of your favorites.  Creativity day If your children …

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Celebrate Light When the World is Dark

Spring is right in front of us, and it inspires us to celebrate. But sometimes it feels like celebration isn’t appropriate when there is so much hurt going on in our world. People are fragile right now. Many of us are still waiting for the cold of winter to pass, even with the calendar telling us it’s almost spring. And yet, it really is almost spring! And even with the difficulties and injustices in our world, we can celebrate. In fact, it’s really important to celebrate light when the world is dark. It really is fun to celebrate the beginning …

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go on a seek-and-find adventure with your kids

Go on a Seek-and-Find Adventure with Your Kids

March 10 is International Find a Pay Phone Booth Day. Try to say that ten times fast! Hunting for unusual items with your children can be lots of fun. And if the weather is improving in your area, it’s a great time to get outside and go on a seek-and-find adventure with your kids. You could search for phone booths or anything else you can think of. Some places already have fun things to search for with your family. So get online, get creative, and get outside to have a fun searching adventure with your kids. Adventures benefit our kids …

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Learn with Cookies on National Oreo Cookie Day

Did you know that there is actually an official day to celebrate Oreo cookies! At first thought, we’d likely pass this by as a day to let our kids eat a few Oreos, or even to enjoy a few ourselves. But you can have so much fun learning and playing with Oreos. Your kids really can learn with cookies! So on March 6, National Oreo Cookie Day, let’s use Oreos to help our kids learn in a really fun way. Learning Activities As you work on these fun learning activities, you can also learn the signs for LEARN and COUNT. …

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squeeze in some end-of-winter fun

Squeeze in Some End-of-Winter Fun

Many of us are hoping winter will be over soon. Some of my friends in warmer climates are posting pictures of their early flowers blooming, and I have to admit that I’m a little jealous. Where I live, we just had snow AGAIN. But no matter where you live, it’s still the end of February, so we have hope that winter will end soon. And this closing of winter is a great time to squeeze in some end-of-winter fun with your kids! Everyday life can get dull for our kids, and really, for us parents as well. When we can …

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