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The Inspired Pencil

Letter to the Teacher and an Itty Bitty Lesson on Executive Functioning

The other day my son finally found THE letter in the mailbox.  He was so excited that he was holding it up over his head running in from the mailbox.  “It’s here!  It’s here!  Can I open it?”  he said.  “Of course” I said with bated breath, hoping he got the teacher he wanted… (By the way, bated is a shortened form of ‘abated’, meaning to bring down, lower or depr
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Sticky Summer SPLASH

This marks the first week of summer in our household.  As one of the latest school districts, I think it is safe to say that all of us have kids’ full time and a summer full of days to fill.  It is really an amazing feeling of excitement, but do any of you also feel like…”Whoa, what are we going to do all day, every day for the next two months?” Will my kids build even bigger and better worlds in Minecraf
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Writing for the Whole Familiy: A Thanksgiving project that could last all year!

My friend sent me this authentic writing idea from Pinterest the other day (see link in photo caption to find original source).  It is such an amazing idea for Thanksgiving, or anytime.  I’m setting up our “Mail Center” this weekend.  Enjoy! Family Mail by Amy on April 16, 2010 {Originally posted November 2009 at Early Bird Homeschool} I like to provide my girls with lots of “real-life” writing oppo
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The votes are in! Winners are…

Quote Quest 2012 Winners Thank you for submitting some amazing quotes for the first batch of Inspired Pencils! And the winners are… 1) “Nothing beats a failure but a try.” ~Pauletta Vaughn. Submitted by Jackie L. 2) “The time is always right to do the right thing” -Martin Luther King, Jr Submitted by Sophie T. 3) “Imagination is more important than knowledge, for knowledge is limited.
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Calling for entries: Quote Quest for the First Batch of Inspired Pencils

Parents, here is an opportunity for your child to make a lasting mark and maybe win a PRIZE!  Enter your child”s favorite inspiring quote, or have them write their own!  The first batch of “inspired pencils” will be engraved with the  top 3 inspirational quotes submitted. CONTEST RULES: The contest runs from October 19-October 31, and is open to anyone under the age of 18. Each entry must be either
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