May 252012

Lone Star Circus School - Circus Summer Camp

Kids can learn the art of aerial silks, trapeze, balancing, juggling and more


I was really excited to hear that Lone Star Circus School is offering a circus camp from June 11-15, 2012. Where else can a kid literally run away to enjoy being a circus star?

Here’s the scoop:

Lone Star Circus School summer camp is a day-camp experience designed to introduce children at any level of physical development and skill to the excitement of circus arts including aerial silks, aerial ring, trapeze, juggling, contortion, rolla bolla, trampoline, clowning and balancing.

Where: The Palaestra, 5334 N. Beltwood Pkwy in Farmers Branch

When: 9am-noon June 11-15, 2012

Cost: $45 per day or $205 per child for the entire week

More info: visit the Lone Star Circus website:, connect with them on Facebook or follow their tweets on Twitter.

To learn more about Lone Star Circus, check out my interview with founder and creative director, Fanny Kerwich, published at



Mar 262012

There are so many different projects that kids can do to celebrate spring! Here are a few easy spring crafts for kids that I found on the internet. Some adult supervision may be required, but what a great way to spend quality time with your children!


Tissue Paper Bunny


Easy Kids Crafts for Spring - Tissue Bunny

This one might be take a little more time than some of the others, but the end result is great. You can get creative and try other shapes too. Here are the instructions from

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Jan 312012

We Give Books - FREE Books for Kids to Read and for Charity

Join the ‘Read for My School Campaign’ and Earn FREE Books for Your School


We Give Books is a website that enables kids to read books online for FREE and they also make books available to children who otherwise might not have access to them. Kids can choose a non-profit organization to support with their reading. For every book a child reads online, We Give Books will donate a book to non-profits like Jumpstart’s Read for the Record. We Give Books was created by the Penguin Group and the Pearson Foundation.

The book selection on the We Give Books website is appropriate for children through age ten and consists of picture books from Penguin and DK. There is a mix of fiction and nonfiction books. New books are added each month and seasonally. The period of time in which a book appears on the We Give Books site  varies by book. Depending on what authors and publishers decide, some  will be only available on a short-term or temporary basis (seasonal  titles for example), and some will be available on a perennial basis.

How to Earn FREE Books for Your School

We Give Books - Earn Free Books for Your SchoolStarting February 14th through March 12th, We Give Books is starting a new reading challenge and giving away 150,000 books to public elementary schools nationwide! Your child can earn up to 500 books for your school. Visit and sign up for an account, if you don’t already have one, and enter your school’s name on the registration form so that We Give Books can track the number of books that your school earns. If you’re already a member of We Give Books, visit your member profile and enter your school’s name (Login > Settings > Country > State > School Name) before reading for the Read for My School campaign.

As I went through the sign up process, I had to make sure that I chose my state to ensure that I had the right school choice available in the drop down menu. Some schools might only have an abbreviated version of their name so look closely at your choices.

Once your child completes reading a book online, he or she can click “Give a Book” at the end of the story to be counted toward your school’s reading total. That’s it!

Remember, the new challenge to earn FREE books for your school from We Give Books starts on February 14th and runs through March 12th.

Feel free to share this information with your school librarian and/or your teachers. Just click on the email icon below this post.

We Give Books Website

We Give Books on Facebook

We Give Books on Twitter


Oct 082011

I’ve been hearing about something called Zentangle recently. Without knowing much about it, I assumed it was a type of Yoga. Well, it’s not. It’s art!

From the Zengtangle website:

Zentangle is an easy to learn method of creating beautiful images from repetitive patterns. It is a fascinating new art form that is fun and relaxing. It increases focus and creativity. Zentangle provides artistic satisfaction and an increased sense of personal well being. Zentangle is enjoyed by a wide range of skills and ages  and is used in many fields of interest.

I was browsing through various sites and there is some really gorgeous work out there! I think this art form would be right up my alley as I frequently tend to doodle on things in repetitive patterns. I think I’m going to learn more about this and do it!

Here’s a piece on that I found inspiring. It’s representative of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

hope zengtangle representing breast cancer awareness

Do you Zentangle? If so, I would love to hear more about your experience and to see your art! Leave a link in the comments below.


Jun 282011

I recently came across this early handwriting freebie which is perfect for pre-schoolers. There are instructions that teach you how to introduce the alphabet to your pre-school child. The FREE ebook provides a writing practice worksheet for every upper and lowercase letter in the alphabet.

The website,, is perfect for parents whose children are about to attend kindergarten. There’s a school readiness assessment which focuses on fine motor skill development as well as a section on eight specific areas of child development that are critical to school success.

So, not only can you download the FREE ebook, but you can also look at all of the great information offered on

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