Family

1402, 2016

Read Across America: A Fun Day To Celebrate

You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read to a child.
~ Dr. Seuss

“NEA’s Read Across America Day is a nationwide reading celebration that takes place annually on March 2—Dr. Seuss’s birthday. Across the country, thousands of schools, libraries, and community centers participate by bringing together kids, teens, […]

2401, 2016

5 Ways Fairy Tales Help Your Child Excel In Reading

“If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.” ~ Albert Einstein

January 26th is National Fairy Tale Day. (Yep. There truly is such a day! I’m glad, because I think fairy tales are invaluable to your child’s learning and […]

1401, 2016

National Reading Day- Get Kids Excited to Read With This Celebration

“Today a reader, tomorrow a leader.” — Margaret Fuller

“National Reading Day is an annual event which celebrates and encourages reading by younger children. National Reading Day is celebrated in thousands of schools all around the United States. This literacy event is designed to help Pre-K through Third Grade students develop the literacy foundation they need […]

1911, 2015

A Christmas Countdown That Gets Kids Reading

He who hasn’t Christmas in his heart will never find it under the tree.
~ Roy L. Smith

A Christmas countdown is part of our yearly Christmas traditions. I just love advent calendars and the excitement that mounds as our family counts the days down to Christmas. I love the visual representation of advent calendars and […]

111, 2015

6 Keys To Making The Classics Come Alive

“Many of the greatest books are like a forest. The best way to get to know them is to wander right into the middle and get lost.” ~ Anthony Esolen

I was fortunate to write an article about getting kids hooked on the classics.  Nowadays, kids have so, so many options in literature that is good, […]

2609, 2015

9 Amazing Benefits Of A Family Nature Walk

Originally  posted on Moms Magazine

Let nature be your teacher ~ William Wordsworth

In the northern hemisphere, the leaves are already beginning to change color. Trees are displaying variegated leaves of greens, yellows, browns, reds, and oranges. When I step outside, I notice the air is getting chillier and has a familiar smell; hello autumn!
Autumn is a […]

1709, 2015

What Every Parent Needs To Know About The 5 R’s

“When I say to a parent, “read to a child”, I don’t want it to sound like medicine. I want it to sound like chocolate. ” — Mem Fox

I bet you’ve heard of the 3 R’s: reading, writing, and ‘rithmetic. But have you heard of the 5R’s? If you haven’t, you are going to be […]

1009, 2015

How To Read Aloud With Your Young Children

Originally posted on Moms Magazine

“Reading should not be presented to children as a chore or duty. It should be offered to them as a precious gift.” — Kate DiCamillo

Reading aloud with your child should always be a special time. It is the single most important thing you can do for your child to set them […]

409, 2015

This Is What Happens When You Read Aloud To Your Baby

Originally posted on Moms Magazine

“Next to hugging your child, reading aloud is probably the longest lasting experience that you can put into your child’s life. You will savor it long after they have grown up. Reading aloud is important for all the reasons that talking to children is important – to inspire them, to guide […]

608, 2015

3 Keys To Easing Your Child’s First Day Jitters

Originally posted on Moms Magazine

You’re off to great places. Today is your day.
Your mountain is waiting so get on your way. ~ Dr. Seuss

Back to school jitters
As aisles and shopping carts fill with back to school supplies, visions of going back to school fill children, teachers, and parents minds.
With every new, bright and shiny […]