Boy Mama Teacher Mama

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Boy Mama Teacher Mama was created by an elementary school teacher and mother of two young boys. BMTM offers a wide variety of activities that can be done at home or in the classroom with a special emphasis on issues related to

Stephanie is a winner of Top 25 Teacher Moms - 2013

What's one of your favorite new books for children?

My latest favorite is I'm Bored by Michael Ian Black. It is super silly and so true of young children. My own boys loved it and my students read it over and over and over again until I had to return it to the library.

What advice would you give to a mom who thinks her child has too much homework?

Homework is a tough one. So many people have differing opinions about whether or not to give homework and how much is too much and how much is just right. An honest conversation between parent and teacher is the best first step. Some suggestions I would make are to break the homework into smaller more manageable bits- a little each night or before school if possible. If it is still unmanageable, the parent/teacher team will have to work together to find a way that the necessary work gets done and, at the same time, the child is able to feel successful.

What's one of your favorite educational activities that can be done outside the classroom?

I recently finished teaching a week of camp to 3-12 year olds. The theme was Games Around the World. Throughout the week, I taught the children 30 or so different games from other countries. The games taught students about other cultures, asked them to work together as a team and many of them also incorporated skills such as strategizing, predicting and problem solving all of which are important skills for children of any age.

Have you found a terrific printable toy? Share the link, and let us know what ages it's best for.

Stephanie Whittle

This great idea comes from Picklebums.com. Print out them template and color it, grab a straw and have some fun!! Both my boys loved this!! (3yo and 5 yo).
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How do you store your child's toys? Please include a link to a photo if you have one.

Stephanie Whittle

This has been a biggie in our home. My sons' Legos were everywhere and it was so hard to find that "just right piece." So, we set to organizing and this is what we came up with. See Link
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What was your favorite book as a teen?

Stephanie Whittle

I vividly remember reading Pat Conroy's The Prince of Tides and loving it! When I was a bit younger my favorite was Tiger Eyes by Judy Blume.
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What's a fun and easy Thanksgiving craft that's great for preschoolers? Please include a link to a picture if you have one.

Stephanie Whittle

I love the way Indian Corn looks and the way people use it to decorate their homes during Thanksgiving time. We are currently living in Australia where Indian Corn is not available, so we made our own!
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