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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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Table Talk…It’s What’s For Dinner

All great change in America begins at the dinner table. Ronald Reagan   Growing up, our dinner table was the place to be from 5:30- 8:00…sometimes even longer. Yes, we…

The Gate Is Open

A single conversation across the table with a wise man is better than ten years mere study of books. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow   We have a 118 pound black lab.…

Stay In Your Wheelhouse!

As I have said before, dancing is for anyone, but not for everyone. Mark Morris Last summer, I got wind of a zumbathon in our neighborhood to raise money for…