Make Reading A Family Adventure

Farmers and gardeners know you cannot make a plant grow. . . the plant grows itself. What you can do is provide the conditions for growth. (Creating the Conditions for Student Motivation, Ferlazzo) … Continue reading

Teaching Without Preaching

¬† Celebrate Black History month with¬†Precious and the Boo Hag by Patricia McKissack. McKissack is a black author who gives us insights into the Gullah culture as well as finding a wonderful way to teach children to obey their parents … Continue reading

Hidden Treasures in the New Year

Have you ever thought about God’s blessings as a treasure hunt? I often pass by hidden treasures in the busyness of life. As we begin a new year, I thought instead of making resolutions we will likely break, why not … Continue reading

Not That Elf Again!

Is there not a better way to help our children enjoy Christmas without that naughty little elf who plays wretched pranks when the kids aren’t looking.? After a little research I found that “YES!” there are alternatives. Not only are … Continue reading

Literature for an Autumn Night

My good friend, author and illustrator, Samantha Bell, graced me with her book Firefly Night at our critique group. It came just in time for the unit I was teaching about the autumn night. My unit included constellations, moon phases, … Continue reading