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Why I Don’t Depend on My Children’s Teachers to Educate Them

Education begins at home and I applaud the parents who recognize that they – not someone else – must take responsibility to assure that their children are well educated. Ernest…

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Reading Aloud

Few children learn to love books by themselves. Someone has to lure them into the wonderful world of the written word; someone has to show them the way. ~Orville Prescott,…

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The Five Types of Summer Moms

Some of the best memories are made in flip flops. Kellie Elmore I don’t know if y’all have noticed, but summer is about to happen….to ALL of us. Which means,…

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Finding Our Summer Rhythm

Rhythm is something you either have or don’t have, but when you have it, you have it all over. Elvis Presley Alright y’all…it’s that time of year. The backpacks are…

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Keepin’ It Simple with our Brainy Yak Read Aloud Zine

I want to start off with a K.I.S.S, not a real kiss but the “Keep It Simple Silly” kind of kiss. We are nearing the end of another school year…

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Let’s Be A Safety Net

“The greatest gift is a passion for reading.” Elizabeth Hardwick Last Friday, a few of us moms got together and had our first official game night. There is nothing more…

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Budding Readers and Index Cards

“Oh, magic hour, when a child first knows she can read printed words!” A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, 1943 When my son was four, he started playing T-Ball. He loved…

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Raising A Lifelong Reader

Neither books nor people have Velcro sides- we don’t naturally attach to each other. In the beginning there must be a bonding agent – parent, relative, neighbor, teacher, or librarian…

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Our Small Patch of Water

Excellence is doing ordinary things extraordinarily well. John W. Gardner Right now, I am reading a sweet book called Simply Tuesday by Emily P. Freeman. In it, she describes a…

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Why I “Do Calendar” with my Preschooler Each Day

Every time you tear a leaf off the calendar, you present a new place for new ideas and progress. Charles Kettering “Let me check my calendar.” “I’ll put you down…