Happy 8th Birthday, Bean!

Happy 8th Birthday, Bean!

Yesterday Bean Man turned 8 years old.  He was lucky this year and his birthday happened to fall on the first day of summer vacation, which was a coincidence that definitely needed to be celebrated.  So, our family spent the afternoon at Disney and Bean set our entire itinerary. He just finished reading the first book of the “Kingdom Keepers” series, which is an adventure series that takes place in the parks of Disney World.  The first book is set in the Magic Kingdom, so that’s where Bean wanted to…

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#MCreads Spring Edition

#MCreads Spring Edition

I don’t know how it happens, but the busier I get, the more I tend to read. I think it’s because reading is a great way for me to settle a busy mind. When my mind is racing at night, focusing on a good book can help me fall asleep. When I’m sitting at baseball practice or gymnastics, it’s a great way for me to pass the time, while giving me a break from the day-to-day grind. Without reading, my life would literally be working and then driving all over…

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Audio Books for Kids – Who Knew?!

Audio Books for Kids – Who Knew?!

I work with this spunky woman named, Jessica.  Not only is she a fantastic teacher, but she’s a stupendous mother to three beautiful girl from 5th grade to 10th grade.  I get lots of parenting tips and tricks from Jessica.  She’s a few years ahead of my in the parenting department, and so when she goes through something with her girls, I mentally file it away in my mind to use when my own kids are bigger. Her latest parenting hack might be my favorite, though.  She was lamenting over…

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Teaching Your Preschooler to Read

Teaching Your Preschooler to Read

A few weeks ago on Instagram, I posted a short video of Gracie reading a book on the day before she started kindergarten.  I am super proud of her for being a pretty darn good little reader before she even starts school.  There were a few people on Instagram who asked how we taught her to read.  I thought I would share a few things that we do in our house to encourage reading. 1. Start early!  Unlike other life skills our kids learn (such as riding a bike or tying…

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Summer of Books

Summer of Books

This summer has been my official “Summer of Books.”  Last year, I really dragged my feet on reading.  I think the year was more focused on learning to balance having TWO kids with extracurricular activities, and there wasn’t much time left for reading.  But, I think I have found the scheduling balance (for now…) and so I have deemed this the summer that I get back to reading. I use GoodReads.com to track my reading (user name: KatieMC).  My favorite feature of the website (and app!) is that you can…

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