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Christmas Reading

One of my favorite holiday traditions growing up was helping to unpack the Christmas boxes from the attic when it was time to decorate the tree.  And along with the  ornaments and wreaths and nativity sets were a few well-loved holiday books.  Classics. The Little Golden Book Christmas Story.  The Night Before Christmas.  The Berenstain… Continue reading Christmas Reading

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Currently Reading

I’ve mentioned before that I like to read different books for different times of the day.  So here’s what I’m currently reading: Breakfast Book: What Jane Austen Ate and Charles Dickens Knew: From Fox Hunting to Whist, The Facts of Daily Life in Nineteenth-Century England, by David Pool This is Pool’s first book, and I’m… Continue reading Currently Reading

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What? Christmas is Almost Here?

Just kidding.  OF COURSE I know Christmas is coming!  And if the holiday store decorations up in November weren’t enough of a hint, here comes Black Friday to hit you over the head with holiday cheer.  But take it or leave it, I am the type who listens to Christmas music in August.  I just… Continue reading What? Christmas is Almost Here?

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Gobble Gobble

Happy Thanksgiving! It’s been a busybusybusy week!  Visited my fam for a short weekend, during which we celebrated my Mom’s birthday, decorated the tree (which is practically sacrilegious  before the first weekend of December!) and had Thanksgiving dinner.  Whew!  That’s a lot of holiday traditions in the span of 48 hours!  But it was great… Continue reading Gobble Gobble

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Sometimes You Just Want to Color

Sometimes… I don’t want to do anything complicated.  I just want to color. I spotted a book titled “Designs for Coloring” among my coworker’s resource books in the library last week.  I’ve probably seen it a hundred times, but this time I sighed a little in my mind and thought, “A little mindless coloring would… Continue reading Sometimes You Just Want to Color

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Fall Poetry

Another lesson from the Library! I found this idea for a Seasonal Poem Structure in a Mailbox magazine (ask any teacher: Mailbox is awesome, isn’t it?  So many creative teaching ideas!).  Their idea was for summer, but it works for any season. Basically, you brainstorm adjectives, nouns, and verbs to describe the season Fall, and… Continue reading Fall Poetry