We are thrilled to announce our first ever Melissa & Doug Blog Ambassadors! We would like to congratulate these exceptional bloggers and welcome them to the Melissa & Doug family! We could not be more proud or excited to introduce to you, two incredible bloggers, Amy Mascott and Valerie Deneen! Please meet them…
Amy Mascott is a Reading Specialist, freelance writer, former high school English teacher, and mom to an 8, 6, and 4-year-old, Amy’s work has been featured on dozens of online and print publications. She is a contributor for Scholastic’s Parents Online, PBS Parents, and Mom’s Homeroom, and more. Amy is currently a parenting editor and contributor for The DC Moms. Amy has worked as a literacy consultant for DC-area charter schools, and she has shared many tools with educators and parents in both local and national speaking engagements. She has just completed work with MSDE creating English 12 online curriculum, and she’s currently working on her first book. On Twitter, she’s @teachmama, tweeting about education, literacy, play, books, dog-walking, and everything in between.
ABOUT AMY’s BLOG:
Amy is the creator of teachmama.com, where her focus is to share the tools and resources parents need to be the best teachers for their children. She’s not a full-fledged homeschooling mom; rather, she capitalizes on learning opportunities in the every day and uses games and play to get her own children prepared for school and excited about the world around them. Amy is paving the way for a more modern ‘lifestyle of learning’, empowering all parents to take a stronger role in supporting their children’s education. In February 2010, Amy created ‘we teach’ as a forum for parents and teachers to connect, share ideas, and grow into better educators—no matter the classroom. ‘we teach’ has grown quickly into one of the most successful and highly-trafficked educational forums on the web, recently partnering with the incredible educational toy company, Melissa & Doug.
Valerie Deneen is the author of Inner Child Fun (formerly called the Frugal Family Fun Blog), where she hopes to inspire parents to spend more quality time with their children and less money doing it. She lives with her husband Mark, and two daughters (ages 7 and 3). Valerie’s blog features over 1,000 inexpensive kid-friendly art projects, crafts, and activities – perfect for at-home or in the classroom. She is a frequent guest on various television talk shows to demo easy and frugal crafts to do with the kids. For more information, or to contact Valerie, visit her blog at www.InnerChildFun.com or say hi to her on Twitter @InnerChildFun
ABOUT VALERIE’s BLOG:
Inner Child Fun (formerly called Frugal Family Fun Blog) is frequently updated with kid-friendly crafts and activities that won’t break the bank — many of which are made using items most households already have on-hand. The blog’s mission is to encourage readers to discover the joy that comes from simple pleasures, and to provide budget-friendly ways to foster creative play in kids. Over one million people from around the world have visited Inner Child Fun (formerly Frugal Family Fun Blog), and several projects have been featured on television, in magazines, or other websites!
At Melissa & Doug we strive to produce the highest quality educational toys for children. From puzzles to puppets, plush to play food, magnetic activities, music and more, Melissa & Doug is one of the leading designers and manufacturers of educational toys and children’s products. Started in 1988 in their garage, Melissa & Doug has something for everyone, with over 1000 unique and exciting products for children of all ages.
If you are interested in becoming a Melissa & Doug Blog Ambassador please write us at Bloggers@MelissaAndDoug.com
Inner Child Fun (formerly called the Frugal Family Fun Blog)