Monthly Archives: July 2016

The Greatest Question

“Jennie, tell me all the chapter books.” That was Jackson’s request, profound and unexpected.  This is his whole wide world of reading aloud.  And, this is the greatest question. Jackson and I were on the playground this morning.  He was hot … Continue reading

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Roots and Wings…and Thunderstorms

Last evening I was outdoors with my husband and our adult daughter watching the big thunderstorm rumble into our yard.  We were all enjoying the anticipation as well as the storm itself.  I asked my daughter what memories popped into … Continue reading

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Quotations on Teaching

Originally posted on charles french words reading and writing:
  (https://commons.wikimedia.org) “One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world.”                                                                               Malala Yousafzai ? “There is an old saying that the course of civilization is a race…

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Really Understanding Children

Beverly came to camp a little late. She quickly joined all the campers as we were singing camp songs, hoping no one would notice her.  She wore her signature no-smile, crossed her arms, and plunked herself down beside me. She … Continue reading

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Why Do Play Performances With Children?

Timothy planned his own costume.  He wanted to be a seagull, and he thought a white plastic trash bag cut along the sides would be perfect.  It was.  This made Timothy soar in his performance; not only as a seagull, … Continue reading

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“Children need art and stories and poems and music as much as they need love and food and fresh air and play. “

Originally posted on Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award:
Wise words from Philip Pullman, who received the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award in 2005: Children need art and stories and poems and music as much as they need love and food and fresh…

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Happy Birthday, America!

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