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How many PEEPS does it take to make a 7 foot dragon?

This Easter, I spent a sweet afternoon admiring art. But not just any art. This was Carroll County’s annual PEEP show. Yes, an entire community center filled with sculptures made from those ooey-gooey candy confections: PEEPS. As I admired PEEP-created … Continue reading

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Notes from NJ SCBWI

I attended the New Jersey SCBWI conference last weekend for my first time. In a word: FANTASTIC! Not only did I learn a ton, but it was great to meet so many open, dedicated, and like-minded people. Here are a … Continue reading

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WJLA News Shows Students Eating Homework!

What a thrilling day today! Kellye Lynn and cameraman Brian Hopkins came to my school to do a news segment for WJLA news. My kids and I watched it on TV eating “Revolutionary Honey Jumble Cookies.” What a thrill! Students … Continue reading

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Great Ideas DO Fall from Trees!

Great Ideas DO fall from Trees GREAT IDEAS don’t fall from trees—or do they? Actually, my best ideas don’t come to me when I’m sitting at my desk with a skyscraper-sized computer screen in front of me. They don’t come … Continue reading

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2 Happy Teachers Blog interview

2 Happy Teachers posts a yummy interview featuring the “Eat Your Homework” books. You’ve got to love not only the name of this blog, but all of its content. Both contributors also share tons of wonderful lesson ideas on the … Continue reading

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“Gravity Bread” shares the Yum!

Please check out this blog post by the uber talented, wonderfully amazing Becca Eisenberg! Her blog is called “Gravity Bread”. Definitely worth checking out! Please click here: Gravity Bread shares the YUM!

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We all scream for INDEPENDENCE ICE-CREAM!

Want your kids to become independent AND history-savvy? Have them head to the kitchen to make some Independence Ice-Cream! Here’s a cold hard fact:  George Washington LOVED ice-cream. And here’s something else: Spending time in the kitchen is a perfect … Continue reading

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“Lost Bread”

The English call it French toast. The French go by the name pain perdu—translate that and it literally means “lost bread.” This delicious treat is named for the main ingredient, stale bread, that might otherwise be thrown away.   Try … Continue reading

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September 16 is Collect Rocks Day!

The excitement of going back to school is underway. The cool, crisp air of fall is just around the corner. Now is the perfect time to go for a walk and start a rock collection– or cook up some Sedimentary … Continue reading

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Vesuvius Day is August 24!

August 24 is Vesuvius Day! This day commemorates the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D. that buried Pompeii, Herculaneum, and other settlements. Here are a few facts: *In 79 A.D. Herculaneum was a popular summer tourist spot for rich … Continue reading

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Pi? A short video explains…

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What Can Food Teach Children? A Lot!

    Please see this clip from Voice of America. You’ve gotta love those kids with the bunny ears! http://www.voanews.com/content/what-can-food-teach-children/2546403.html?utm_medium=email

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The Old Schoolhouse Dishes on Science Homework

Yum, Yum! The Old Schoolhouse is FREE online and recently published an article of mine: Dishing Up Science: Making Learning “Yum”. In it, I ‘dish’ on how kids can get excited about science through food. I’ve also included an original … Continue reading

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Have Fun Reading– Receive a Signed Artcard

“When Zach Zinsky decides to hide several praying mantid egg cases in his classroom, he has NO IDEA that each sack contains HUNDREDS of nymphs. In this story of praying mantid mayhem, Zach finds out that his teacher is not quite … Continue reading

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“Double Z” Launches–now I Bite my Lip!

The proofs are approved! The proofs are approved! ‘Double Z: Day of the Mantid’ will now be available in both print version and eBook format. It is humbling to get to this stage–but this is when I bite my lip and … Continue reading

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Little Old Lady Gingerbread Pi

Arithmetica: Here again and feeling hungry (for some math munchies)! So who’s in the mood for pi… er, pie, that is? Hey, have you ever been in a pie eating contest? Would you like to participate in a pi-calculating contest- … Continue reading

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Just Right (Variable) Pudding

Come along for walk to Goldilocks’ woodsy cottage. Oh no! Goldilocks is fretting over her Just Right Porridge, worrying that it will turn out just wrong. Our reporter, Arithmetica Subtracto, from the Wand and Globe is on the scene now. … Continue reading

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Kitchen Tips

Wait, wait, wait! Before we go crazy in the math kitchen, a word of caution is necessary. Afterall, there are hot stoves and sharp knives out there. Remember: Always ask an adult’s permission to cook or bake anything. Only an … Continue reading

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Introducing Magical, Mathematical Recipes

Welcome to THE place to get your very own delicious, mouth- watering, math-smacking recipes! In this blog, you will have access to monthly MATH recipes such as: Snow White Dwarf Cakes (In which Snow White makes triangular numbers) Just Right … Continue reading

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