Reading Strategy: Asking Questions

Back to school sales have been happening which can only mean one thing: IT’S ALMOST TIME TO GO BACK TO SCHOOL!! For some, that is great reason to celebrate, and for others, it’s a little too soon to be thinking about it (What?! Didn’t school just let out...more

Reading Strategy: Making Connections

A couple months ago, a handyman came by to give us an estimate on some jobs. Somewhere in the middle of that,...more

Garlic Lemon Aioli Recipe

Lord, help me. It’s been one of those weeks. I’m so ....more

Busy Box #1: Pushing Pipe Cleaners

I’m pretty sure my little bear went through a Wonder Week recently. Yes, I’m still keeping track of those things. She came out of it pronouncing words more clearly and starting to put together longer phrases! ...more

Reading Strategy: Activate Background Knowledge

What do you remember about reading as a child? Do you recall doing whole-class reading, with one child reading out loud while everybody else followed along in the thick anthology reader? Did your teacher read aloud to you after lunch, letting you rest your recess-sweaty head on the cool desk while watching Ashley make faces at you? ...more

Reading Strategy: Monitor Comprehension

“Okay, son. It’s 3pm. Time for reading ....more

What is Guided Reading?

We started reading to our infant from Day 1. Okay maybe Day 3 or 4, after we got home from the hospital… but it was soon. Even though I knew she was a mere infant, teacherness oozed out of me as I held her in my lap: In the great green room there was a telephone and a red balloon and a picture of… Sweetie, what do you think they’ll say next? ...more

Cashew Milk Recipe

I promise I’m not becoming a super health nut (har har). But a friend wrote glowing reviews about making cashew milk on Facebook, and curiosity got the best of me. Plus, the recipe was promisingly simple: 1) Soak cashews for 4 hours, then 2) Add water and some simple flavoring and blend ....more

Reader’s Workshop: An Overview

We all know it’s important for kids to read. I already made a push for you to get your kids in front of some books this summer, and I’m guessing many of you already do that… mostly because I’m willing to bet most of you are readers yourselves (you’re here reading my blog, aren’t you? :)) ....more

Honey Almond Granola with Coconut Oil Recipe

I always thought it took one of those super healthy, super “crunchy,” super moms to do things like make your own granola. BUT HEY GUYS I DID IT! And it was pretty easy!! ...more