Marne's Blog

I copied this recipe onto a piece of college-ruled notebook paper at a potluck many years ago. Whenever I have a few Granny Smith or Pippin apples left after making a pie, I leaf through my collection in search of this recipe. I renamed it,...



Making beads is fun and easy. You probably already have the materials you need. Beads are great for making jewelry, costumes, holiday garlands or wreaths.               ...



For countless opportunities to help your child become a strong reader, look no farther than the kitchen! You’re probably there together every day for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Most of your child’s favorite foods are labeled with a...



Making lists with your son or daughter is a fun way to practice reading. You’re in the kitchen making dinner and your five-year-old is playing nearby. You use the last egg. Get a pad of paper, sit down by your child, and say “Want to...



Do you have a library card? Does your child? The library is an amazing source of free entertainment and education. Tap in! Set a time that works for you to take your son or daughter to the library. It could be once a week, every other week, every...



Signs are a great way to help your preschooler learn to read because they have meaning built in. As you drive around your neighborhood, talk about signs. A four or five year old who knows the car stops at the corner when the red sign that says S-...



Do you remember playing? Just as your child needs wholesome food to grow physically, he needs creative play to grow emotionally and intellectually. Play provides your child an opportunity to build and practice using vocabulary, to imitate what he...



My niece had a great idea at the baby shower she hosted for my daughter. She asked each guest to bring a favorite, inexpensive baby book. We made book plates with the baby’s name and a space to write a note, and voila! The baby has an...



Talk to your baby! That's how children learn language, and the sooner your child is exposed to it the better. When adults expect their children to listen and understand, children do. And a good vocabulary is the basis for good reading skills...



From the time they are born, babies love to sit on their parents' lap and look at a picture book. Sure, they don't understand the words you read at first, but they're learning about books. A book's cover picture tells what the...



Reading is awesome! Kids who are good readers are going to do better in and out of school. Reading opens the door to learning and pleasure. It’s easy to raise a reader. In fact, you’re probably doing a lot of things to encourage your...