Education, Media, & Literacy

  Elliot starts kindergarten in the fall and I am not a parent who will rely on the public school system to teach him everything he needs to know. As a parent I feel educating my child is my responsibility, and I wanted to begin our at-home supplementing with reading lessons, but talk about intimidating! […]

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I went to someone’s Christmas Party/Show/Fundraiser and one of the acts was this elf playing the violin in a celtic style.  I thought it was amazing and then I found her channel on Youtube.  Below is the song that she played that night. It is a medley that she arranged herself of the following songs: […]

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Elliot LOVES to read, which is great, only it makes me so tired to read book after book after book to him! And frankly, sometimes the books are down right annoying and I can’t stand them. So, I had an idea that I don’t at all mind saying is totally brilliant. I just discovered that […]

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Here’s what’s on my list to read this year: Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford The Lemon Tree by Sandy Tolan The Maze Runner by James Dashner (YAFic) The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan (YAFic) Chains & Forge by Laurie Halse Anderson (YAFic) Heist Society by Ally Carter (YAFic) Matched […]

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A friend directed me to a website where you can download 6 books for free. There are others that you can purchase, but if you have a library card, you probably don’t need to. Most libraries offer access to an online library where you can download audiobooks, so check with your librarian. Ours is called […]

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I know you know that I know how important reading to kids is. I’ve written a handful of posts about my thoughts on reading to kids, but I haven’t given you a list of great kid’s books. Below are the books that I read every day to my son, Joel, who is 17 months old. […]

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A reader asked if I had any ideas about reading with toddlers, so this post is in response to her question. If you have questions that you would like me to answer, email me or leave a comment and I’ll do my best. So….reading with toddlers. First of all, reading with toddlers is a lot […]

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My original focus for this blog was on families and parenting – I’m realizing that I’ve gotten a little distracted. And I think I know why. As the mother of a 14 month old energetic boy, I haven’t yet had to venture out into the realm of real parenting. Sure, we’ve had some struggles and […]

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My sister told me about this great online library where you can download books to put on your mp3 player. It’s called Net Library – go to your library’s homepage and they should have a link or ask your local librarian about it. You can go directly to the page and log in that way, […]

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At my book club last week, conversation rolled around to Disney movies. One of the girls there said that Disney has a lifetime guarantee on all their movies, so if one of your Disney DVDs gets scratched or broken you can mail it in and they’ll send you a brand new one, even if the […]

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