12 Must Have Resource Books for Kids

12 Must Have Resource Books for Kids

My kids LOVE to read, but I was actually surprised to discover that some of their favorite books are actually resource books for kids. They love to sit and look through these books over and over again, learning new facts and getting inspiration for deeper study on new topics. These… Read More »

Back-to-School Gift Baskets for Teachers [with paper flower tutorial]

Back-to-School Gift Baskets for Teachers

My kids are headed back-to-school for the first time in a couple weeks, and I thought it would be fun to get #SchoolYearReady with a special gift for their teachers. One of my favorite ways to organize school supplies at home is with a colorful basket, so when I was… Read More »

10 Books to Read with Your Toddler

10 Books to Read with Your Toddler

My toddler loves to grab a picture book and hop up into my lap to read together. Having discovered the wonderful picture books from Usborne Books & More, we’ve been slowly adding more picture books to our home library, and we thought we’d share some of the titles on our… Read More »

3 Ways to Help Your Child Develop Good Reading Habits

3 Ways to Help Your Child Develop Good Reading Habits

Research shows that children who read the most read the best. If you want to help your kids read better, you need to encourage them to read more. It’s not enough to just read “for school,” but it’s vital to create an environment of reading at home. Help your child… Read More »

A Pirate Ship Summer Adventure

A Pirate Ship Summer Adventure | Build a Pirate Ship with Your Kids | PicheaPlace.com

The kids loved last month’s All About the Sea theme day so much, and they could not wait for this month’s All About Pirates theme day. Last week we grabbed our All About Pirates summer break brain bag and had a great time reading about pirates and making our own… Read More »

Book Bingo: Summer Reading Challenge

Book Bingo - a Summer Reading Challenge from PicheaPlace.com

My kids absolutely LOVE to read. Whether it’s a book they’ve read 100 times before or a new find at the library, both Jenny and David can spend hours looking at and reading books. (I think they might get it from me – I’m a bit of a bookaholic!) But… Read More »

Sea Animal Paper Plate Aquariums

Sea Animal Paper Plate Aquariums

We got the first of our SUMMER BREAK BRAIN BAGS in the mail this week, and the kids were super excited to dig in. We started with our All About the Sea bag, deciding to do a Sea Animal Paper Plate Aquarium craft to go along with the books in… Read More »

Strategies and Activities to Improve Children’s Memory Retention

Strategies and Activities to Improve Children's Memory Retention

Everyone can have a difficult time remembering things sometimes. However, if see this happening with your children frequently, there are some things you can do to help them boost their memory and retain information longer. You can use these strategies and activities to improve children’s memory retention. 1. Rhyme it,… Read More »



10 Activities and Tips to Develop Children’s Reading Skills

10 Activities and Tips to Develop Children's Reading Skills

One of the major milestones in your children’s lives is learning to read. As a parent, this is a wonderful time but the prospect may cause some concerns. Since children begin learning the skills needed to read from birth, it’s important that you begin setting the stage early. Here are… Read More »

Why It’s Important to READ Together as a Family

Reading Together as a Family | CLICK HERE to learn why it's so important...

We all know that it’s important to read to your kids when they’re young, but what happens when they can read on their own? Is there any reason to keep reading together? Scholastic’s recently released 2015 Kids and Family Reading Report shows that 40 percent of children ages 6 to… Read More »