Monthly Archives: October 2019

The Apollo, the Eagle, and an Astronaut

“With courage, imagination, and the will to explore, nothing is impossible.” -Neil Armstrong- Those were the words that stuck with me when I visited the Kennedy Space Center in Florida last week.  I will make a banner of Armstrong’s quote … Continue reading

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Reading Aloud – To You! Part 4

My reading aloud The Poet’s Dog by Patricia MacLachlan continues with chapters six and seven.  Chapter six is 4:25 and chapter seven is 3:04. Ellie can now hear Teddy speak, and Sylvan becomes quite sick.  The snow storm is showing no sign … Continue reading

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Reading Aloud = Academic Success

I will always champion reading aloud to children because I know, first hand, what a huge difference it makes.  Some people need to hear all the reasons.  I have written plenty of stories about those.  Some people need to read … Continue reading

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The Crossing Guard Chronicles: New School Year and The ‘Curbside Classroom’

Originally posted on S'amusing:
I stood resolute at my post, the early morning calm about to be broken by the approaching din of young voices and squeaky bicycles, a familiar and welcoming sound. It’s the first day of the…

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Reading Aloud – To You! Part 3

I continue reading aloud The Poet’s Dog, by Patricia MacLachlan, with chapters four and five.  Chapter four is 4:22 and chapter five is 4:32. In chapters two and three, Teddy took the children to the cabin.  We learned about Sylvan.  … Continue reading

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Sad News on WWII Plane

The WWII plane that flew overhead in my backyard last weekend and inspired my Saturday blog post, crashed today. Here is the photo I was lucky to capture over the weekend.  It was gigantic, low flying, and possibly a B-29. … Continue reading

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Gloria joined the classroom today, and oh what a homecoming it was. It’s doubtful Santa Claus would receive such a welcome. After all these years we are still amazed at the difference Gloria makes and how children are drawn to … Continue reading

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