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Get it Done!: Token Economy

Here's another of our mom's summertime plans. One summer she set up a "Token Economy" for our summer jobs. It had a few simple parts. – There was a set of jobs we each were required to do daily. Each job had a set amount of money associated with it.–

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Get it Done!: Choose Your Job

Heidi and I were discussing our theme this week we recalled some of the summer plans my mom came up with to keep us busy during the summer. She remembered one I had forgotten where you got to choose your own job. The plan went like this. Everyday you had

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Get it Done!: Ticket to Summer

Today's Get it Done! idea is another summer plan by the talented Stacy Julian. This time she used a tickets system to motivate her children to "get it done!" They earned a set amount of tickets for certain "jobs" and then were able to redeem them for sleep overs, going

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Get it Done!: Summer Bingo

I was smitten when I saw Stacy Julian's delightfully fun Summer Bingo idea to keep her kids active and entertained this summer. Go to her blog to get the details and a free download of the bingo rules and her basic bingo card. I know as a kid this would

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Get it Done!: Time Limits

As teachers we know how hard it can be to help young children accomplish a task in a timely manner. We suspect you mothers feel the same way at home! This week we'll offer some tips on helping your children accomplish work, chores, and tasks in a way that will

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Authors Week: Other Sites

Here are some other authors websites with fun activities for your little ones this summer. Roald Dahl – Register for fun online activitiesJane O'Conner & Robin Preiss Glasser (Fancy Nancy)– Quiz, games, print & playKevin Henkes– Character information, coloring sheet, mazes, dot-to-dots, word searches, puppetsJudy Schachner (Skippyjon Jones)– Coloring pagesLaura

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Authors Week: Shel Silverstein

With a sense of humor like Shel Silverstein has, you know he's going to have a fantastic website, which he does. Check out the "Let's Have Some Fun" section.Here are some examples from the Kids Section. Games & Puzzles: Matching titles to Shel's poems, memory, finishing Shel's poems correctly and

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Authors Week: Robert Sabuda

Robert Sabuda makes some of the most visually interested childrens books available today. I always love getting a new pop-up book from him. He has such talent. There isn't much variety in what's available on his website, but there is a lot of what he's good known for: pop ups!

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Authors Week: Jan Brett

Who doesn't love the enchanting artwork in Jan Brett's many childrens books? She has written and illustrated some of my favorite books including "The Gingerbread Baby," "The Hat," and "Hedgie's Surprise." Jan Brett's website has a multitude of resources! It's hard to know where to start. I'll break down some

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Authors Week: Mo Willems

Mo Willems is the author of "Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!," "Knuffle Bunny," and "Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed," as well as many other charming books. Young children, especially, tend to love the silly stories and playful pictures in Mo Willem's books. My copies of his book were

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Welcome to Authors Week

Welcome to Authors Week here at Second Story Window. We're going to take time to highlight some of our favorite childrens book authors each day this week. It's incredibly hard to narrow the list but we're specifically choosing our favorite author's who also have great websites with fun activities for

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