Laura McKinster

I’m a Maine native and after a long stretch of time living in Chicago, I feel lucky to again call the Seacoast my home. I currently live in Kennebunk with my husband, two sons, and a spaniel mix who truly believes he is a furry big brother to our boys. I hold a Master of Education degree from the University of Maine and as a certified English and Special Education teacher, a passion of mine has always been helping students and connecting them to reading and writing. Free time is best spent in the sunshine with family and friends, curled up with a good book, eating my husband’s incredible cooking, running the beautiful roads of the Maine and New Hampshire coastlines, or creatively writing for the kids in my life. Being a mom is the most challenging and amazing job I’ve ever had. I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world.
Exploring the Kennebunks—seafood, bakeries, beaches

A Newcomer’s Guide to Exploring the Kennebunks

Are you thinking of exploring the Kennebunks this summer? I grew up in Maine but I have a shocking confession to make: until recently, I had never been there.  Coastal Gems I always knew that Kennebunk...
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The Pandemic Relationships Divide: When Some Take it Seriously and Others Don’t

So, here we are in 2021. The COVID-19 pandemic continues in the Seacoast and across the world. While the light at the end of the tunnel is getting brighter and brighter, especially with the...

Valentine’s Day Literacy Activities That Will Spread Love This Year

We all need a little bit more love in the world right now. And what better time to add some than right before Valentine’s Day? While I do enjoy the traditional Valentine’s Day activities...
taking care of you in 2020

An Early New Year’s Resolution: Taking Care of YOU in 2021

I’ve had my moments over the last few months when I was simply not okay. And that’s okay, because this year has been really, really hard. Taking care of myself has gone out the...
Halloween Inspired Literacy Activities

Halloween Inspired Literacy Activities for Bigger Kids

October is hands down my favorite month of the year in New Hampshire. The air has that crisp chill to it, all the leaves have finally changed color, and it’s not too late for...
literacy activities for preschoolers

Five Easy Literacy Activities for Preschoolers to Do At Home

Full disclosure - I am currently doing something that I never imagined I would be doing. I’m homeschooling a preschooler.  Yikes.  It’s true, I'm a certified teacher, but I’ve primarily taught middle and high school students....
Tips for Getting Your Preschooler to Read With You

Tips for Getting Your Preschooler to Read With You

I have the busiest preschooler on the planet. No, really, I do. You should meet him. He never stops moving....ever.  And while I love his curiosity and zest for exploring life, it presented me...
ways to bring music into your home

8 Ways to Bring Music into Your Home Kids Will Love

I have a very musical family. As I write this post, I can hear my three-year-old son singing “Old MacDonald” at the top of his lungs while his dad, who plays several instruments, plays...
it's okay to not be okay

A Reminder: It’s Okay to Not be Okay Right Now

It was the breaking point that I knew was coming. I just knew it.  I needed to get out of the house for a change of scenery, so I decided to take my three-year-old son...
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43 Online Educational Resources For Kids They’ll Love

I’m always fascinated by what you can find on the Internet. Some things are good and some things are not so good. And then some things are great, like these online educational resources for...
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