Distance Learning: Make the Choice to Thrive

We are all doing the right thing, by not catching or spreading a virus which puts our most susceptible at risk. We are all working together to do something BIG. Thank you to all of you who are taking on this bizarre new normal. My family appreciates you. “I imagine all the closures and cancellations…

Homeschool Pie!

If our school was a delicious home-made pie, literature-based learning would be one half of that pie, one-quarter pie would be hands-on learning (labs, art, music, travel), and the remaining one-quarter pie would be workbooks, textbooks, lectures, essays, tests and quizzes. “Homeschooling is a superpower, when it comes to your child’s reading life and learning…

2019 Reading List & Lynne’s Top 5

Give the gift of books this holiday season! So many titles, so little time! I love the modern fiction I read this year, like Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield and Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens. Both are well-written and full of literary magic. I could read them over again and each…

Saying No to the Dreaded Scroll

Phones are like air and comfort food. We need them and they make us feel good. Have a question about anything at all? The answer is at our finger-tips in seconds. Need to call home? The phone is already dialing. We are all, every one of us, connected and addicted to this new way of…

Calling all Cool 5th Graders (a reading list)

My 5th grade nephew goes to a great school in Brooklyn, NY.  He called Tony and I last night (Hi Nicholas!), because he is raising money for a school camping trip via a class-wide “Read-a-Thon.” I love-love-love Read-a-Thons and any other “a-thon” that gets kids excited about reading enough to call their aunt and uncle…

Movies that Inspire: MATH

Encouraging a love of math is tricky.  Many times I have heard people say, “I’m not a math person.”  Impossible. Everyone is a math person. Math is in everything! It’s like saying, “I am not a water person.”  Um. Yes you are. I have found that movies are a great way to get around a…

Why Teach Poetry?

Why teach poetry? Because poetry is the most compact form of literature. It demands the author to use the least amount of words possible to describe ideas, feelings, sounds, events and more. Putting the right words together is like solving a complex puzzle marrying intellect, intuition, emotion and vocabulary.  Understanding the complexities of poetry is…

Teachers Helping Teachers

Writing is a powerful, necessary skill. Both teaching and learning to write well takes practice – like memorizing times tables. The words start to flow, only after eons of repetition. Wake up; write. Read as much as you can. Think. Write it down. In the words of Anne Lamott, “Put your butt in a chair…

Reading List Top 5

Reading in varied genres is a lovely way to greet the world. With a good book in hand, it is impossible to be lonely. Reading inspires profound empathy and personal growth rooted in new-found knowledge of people, ideas or other concepts previously uncharted.  I love when a book surprises me, as happened several times this…