DIY Suet Cakes

We just read “The Big Snow” by Elmer Hader and (if possible) Claire has become even more obsessed with birds. Having lots of wintry weather here like in the story, it was the perfect time to provide some sustenance to our feathered friends. Claire said I looked just like the old lady in the story when I through the remnants of the suet cakes in the … Continue reading DIY Suet Cakes

Thinking about BIG numbers with little kids

How Much? How long? How many? Answering ONE MILLION questions is par for the course with a 5 year old. The questions come quickly, especially in the car, where I’m captive and nothing seems to make Claire happier than rambling on about all those things she wonders about. Claire: How long until I start Kindergarten? Me: In September. It’s about 3 months away. Claire: When … Continue reading Thinking about BIG numbers with little kids

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Tech Tuesday – A Few Favorite iPad Apps

Long ago, I surrendered to the fact that my iPad is “our” iPad. Good or bad, immersion in technology is part of life today and sorting through the muck is a teachable moment. I wanted to share a few of my favorite apps, many of them we enjoy as a family – especially Toontastic (more on that later). With iPads becoming so prevalent in early … Continue reading Tech Tuesday – A Few Favorite iPad Apps

From the Archives: Nesting Material Dispenser for Spring Birding

This post was originally published in 2011, we’ve recreated it every year since. Enjoy scouting for colorful nests the birds have made with your materials!  -Regina @ ChalkinMyPocket Some of the most spoiled birds in the northeast live right in my backyard. During the past few months we’ve faithfully provided gourmet food , braving ice and snow to access the feeding station. Claire spends hours snug in her … Continue reading From the Archives: Nesting Material Dispenser for Spring Birding

Celebrating Math with Children – Happy Pi Day!

flickr user mag3737, Tom Magliery On a day where so many are celebrating one of the most recognizable math mathematical symbols out there – I wanted to take a second to point some of you in the Northeast to a new children’s museum celebrating math in New York City.  Don’t picture galleries of ancient slide rules and walls filled with retired models of TI calculators (my friends … Continue reading Celebrating Math with Children – Happy Pi Day!

Winter Woods Trek

Hooray for snow! Just enough snow fell that we were able to enjoy its beauty without grumbling about cold toes and plowing woes. Above is a picture out our living room window of our “frog pond.” Remember the tadpoles we watched develop in the spring? They are now sound asleep in the muck at the bottom of the pond, I’m sure they’re enjoying their long … Continue reading Winter Woods Trek

Independent Creativity

I’ve been nursing a nasty tooth infection that led to a root canal and a few days of some pretty strong painkillers. I’m off all the crazy stuff now, but still a bit sore so I have been sleeping in a bit and not the most “present” of parents. Ping-ping the penguin here to cheer me up. Love his flipper feet! Claire presented me with … Continue reading Independent Creativity