Popcorn Park Zoo

Everyone had the same idea about how to spend this uncharacteristically warm, 70 degree, February day! “All of the animals will be out!” they exclaimed!  And so… families came from miles away to visit the animals at the Popcorn Park Zoo today and yes, the animals were out! The zoo is home to many rescued …

Mill Creek County Park

Another beautiful February day today- so we took advantage and went to the park! After yesterday’s adventure at Popcorn Park Zoo, we were looking for some quiet fun and Mill Creek was just the place! My daughter is only 20 months old, so finding park equipment that she can actually enjoy without us both struggling is a …

About NJ Parks and Forests

New Jersey is the home of many town, county and state parks for a total of 1,484,900 acres of preserved open space and farmland. That’s not exactly the picture that’s painted when the country thinks Jersey, but it’s a refreshing reality. My family and I are loyal fans of our parks system- there is always a …

Invite Guest Readers for Read Across America

Each year schools, libraries and communities across the United States participate in Read Across America Day. This is an NEA (National Education Association) event to celebrate reading and to honor the late Theodor Seuss Geisel, also known as- DR. SEUSS! March 2nd is reserved for this celebration in honor of Dr. Seuss’s birthday. I especially …

Easy Homemade Valentine’s Day Cards

This is another simple, yet ADORABLE Valentine’s Day craft! I was able to do this with my 2nd grade students in under 30 minutes! I used scraps of scrap booking paper, but you could have easily used construction paper or colored copy paper too! The students first traced the googly eye onto the front. I …

Easy Monster Mailbox for Classroom Valentines

Every year I seem to find a new mailbox to contain all of those sweet Valentines my students will receive. This year’s couldn’t have been easier! Runner-Ups I have always loved the cereal box design, but then there’s always the up-to-the-elbow digging or the DUMP all over desks and suddenly it’s candy mania with students …

A Visit to Jenkinson’s Aquarium

Whether you’re trying to escape the heat or find fun on a cold winter day, a visit to Jenkinson’s Aquarium in Point Pleasant Beach is a great way to spend the day!   It is February and chilly and last week we tragically lost a deeply beloved, young soul of our family and we have grown …