The Gift of Reading

When I say that I believe reading is a gift, it is a message that comes from my heart. The joy–and even sorrow–that comes from a book can be a comforting companion. The emotions and thoughts they provoke unrivaled. It is something that I want all children (and adults) to experience. It is why you will always find books underneath our Christmas tree each year.

The Little Colonel

It was a quiet, Saturday morning as my husband and I strolled along the waterfront. We opted for a different route than usual, bypassing the tree-lined street with friendly pedestrians. Mocha in hand, we sat on a bench and stared out at the rippling waves and bridge in the distance. As the temperature rose, [...]

By | May 3rd, 2017|Children's Books, Project Literacy, Sunday Morning|8 Comments

Favorite Nursery Rhymes from Mother Goose

How many of you today still remember your old book of nursery rhymes? I do. It was a favorite. My copy was a large, red volume that contained a vast amount of rhymes. It lived in my grandmother's kitchen cupboard, next to the refrigerator,  where all my cherished toys and books lived and were [...]

By | April 20th, 2017|Children's Books, Project Literacy|Comments Off on Favorite Nursery Rhymes from Mother Goose

Thirteen Reasons Why

Suicide. Did I get your attention? Good! It's a word people don't like to think about, let alone talk about. Until it is too late. But today we are breaking the silence. This week's book review is on the dark, young adult novel Thirteen Reasons Why. It is also a Netflix original mini-series. Prior [...]

By | April 13th, 2017|Young Adult/New Adult|Comments Off on Thirteen Reasons Why

In the Classroom: The Great Egg Hunt

Robbie’s nose twitched, and he worriedly stamped his foot as examined the empty chicken coop. Easter was just a few weeks away and soon boys and girls would wake up in eager anticipation. Baskets in hand, they would hurry out into the bright sunshine in search of their treasure.  Except this year, if he didn’t [...]

By | March 30th, 2017|In the Classroom|2 Comments