My best memories of summer were visiting my aunt, uncle, and cousins in Michigan. My Uncle Tom was one of my favorite people in the world, so spending time with him was wonderful. And, I had a cousin my age, and we had so much fun together. And, they had a small town and old house that was everything I dreamed of. I thought this was truly a magical place. But, getting there involved a long road trip, so I would get to indulge in another love ~ reading. The librarian would let me check out extra books and keep them for a longer time for our trip. Happy dance! Ok, so for me, still one of the best things about summer is time to READ!! All those books I set aside on the busy days during the school year, I finally have time to enjoy. Continue reading
One of the great joys of teaching high school students is the wonderful literature you get to share with them. Teaching the lessons of books like Beowulf, Up From Slavery, and To Kill a Mockingbird is such a thrill. Meshing the literature and history together makes it an even richer experience. It is so much fun to see kids who thought To Kill a Mockingbird would be soooo boring, end up truly enjoying it. Here is a list of some of the favorites of my students. Enjoy! Continue reading
During their years of elementary and middle school, my boys and I loved studying the history of America – new lands, wars, pioneers, etc. There is so much wonderful American literature to experience. Such fun books for kids in grades 1-8 to read! Here is a list of books my family and others have liked. They are in chronological order, and the number after the title is the grade level. Enjoy!
When I was young, one of the highlights of my summer each year was participating in the public library summer reading program. I loved filling in the chart. Honestly, I have no idea what the reward was!
It is great fun to be a part of something and win something. This summer, have your kids join a summer reading program, or create one of your own. Continue reading
While I don’t have any girls of my own, I do teach many of them in small classes and tutoring. These are the books that they have enjoyed and some that I have always considered to be my favorites. Enjoy… Continue reading