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.

What Is Your Book’s Magic Number? The Lexile Measure

If you are an educator or author, you are probably familiar with the term, Lexile Measure. If you are a parent, you may or may not be as familiar. However, chances are you have come across it. Before we delve too far into the subject matter, I think it is important for everyone to have a clear [...]

January 18th: The Birth of Winnie the Pooh

Actually, January 18, 1882 was the birth of Alan Alexander Milne, more commonly known as A.A. Milne, the author behind the beloved classic, Winnie the Pooh. However, without the man, there would not have been a tale for children to cherish. Each year, this date is celebrated by those who devoured Milne's story about a [...]

By | December 28th, 2016|Children's Books, In the Classroom, Project Literacy|Comments Off on January 18th: The Birth of Winnie the Pooh

The Smell of Christmas

As I've mentioned in previous blog posts, we all have our special family traditions. Something that sparks deep within us and makes us smile at the memory. For me, it is Christmas morning. The tradition stretches back to the time of being a little girl. The excitement of the morning, and the smell of Christmas. [...]

By | December 22nd, 2016|Sunday Morning|Comments Off on The Smell of Christmas

Book Review: Jake & the Gingerbread Wars

If you are craving a Christmas story with a mix of adventure, danger, and heart, look no further—Jake & The Gingerbread Wars delivers. From the beginning when Gingerbread men come to life to an errant, runaway Christmas elf, this story is sure to keep children mesmerized. The mischievous little elf, known as Humbug, wants nothing [...]

By | December 14th, 2016|Children's Books, Project Literacy|Comments Off on Book Review: Jake & the Gingerbread Wars

The Christmas Shoes

As the holidays approach, we all honor our special traditions. One of mine is to watch the holiday movie The Christmas Shoes. Curled up next to my husband with a box of tissues, and my daughter nearby, we all settle down. This movie goes straight to my heart every time. I think we all have movies that touch us for one reason or another. This is mine. […]

By | December 8th, 2016|Sunday Morning|6 Comments

In the Classroom: The Christmas Mouse

The teeny, tiny mouse tossed and turned in his bed unable to sleep. You might think it was because Papa Mouse was snoring or because Mama Mouse squeaked as she dreamt. But it wasn’t because of either of those two reasons. It was because he was too excited! You see, it was Christmas Eve. Everyone [...]

By | November 30th, 2016|In the Classroom, Project Literacy|2 Comments