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.

Children and Fire Safety

Over the past few weeks the news media has showcased the deadly Napa fires in Northern California and the devastation that occurred in the wake of its path. For many viewers, it was only an image on the screen. For others, it was a horror that forever changed their lives. For me, I watched [...]

By | October 31st, 2017|Children's Books, Project Literacy, Sunday Morning|7 Comments

In the Classroom | A Story Starter

As I sat down to write this issue's In the Classroom, I must admit that I was thinking of my father-in-law. We lost him a few years ago after a long battle with cancer. He was an avid fisherman and there was nothing he enjoyed more than being out on the water, fishing pole in [...]

By | May 18th, 2017|In the Classroom, Project Literacy|2 Comments

We Are All Teachers and Students

Teacher's Appreciation Week is May 8th through May 12th, 2017. When we think about teachers, we think of the wonderful women and men who taught us, who teach our children, who inspire a new generation year after year. They are our role models. However, the best teachers know that they are also students. As [...]

By | May 11th, 2017|In the Classroom, Project Literacy|Comments Off on We Are All Teachers and Students

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

Book Review: James & the Dragon

Sheath your swords gallant knights and fear not fair maidens for the noble Farloft means no harm. But if ye be a mighty wizard with a wayward, evil heart--well, that is another story entirely. Today, my focus is on the children's book, James & the Dragon.  So settle in as I introduce you to [...]

By | March 1st, 2017|Children's Books, Project Literacy|2 Comments