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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Friendship Knows No Country

Friendship Knows No Country

A little over a year ago, Gracie’s bestest little buddy in her daycare class moved back to Italy.  Her dad was here working for two years, but when his contract was up, they packed their family and sadly headed back to Rome.  Gracie was heartbroken.  We tried doing a few FaceTime sessions with the girls, but it was hard.  Sara was having a tough time adjusting to the language in Rome and Gracie was really missing her friend, so we stopped those.  But still, Sara’s mom and I stayed in…

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Hashtag Squad Goals

Hashtag Squad Goals

My summer is quickly drawing to a close and I can feel it slipping away!  NOOOOOOO!!!!!  I have been back to work this week to work on getting the new year planned and on getting my classroom ready.  I’ll post pictures when it is finished.  It’s been nice to be back, but after two months of wearing pajamas and reading books all day, it’s exhausting to be productive for hours at a time! It has required happy hours with my sweetheart to help me survive. Last weekend, in one last…

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Guilt’s a Punk

Guilt’s a Punk

So, the guilt beast showed up this week with guns blazing.  I’ve been feeling pretty great lately about our family, and that guilt bastard sniffed out my confidence and was like, “WHOAH, THERE SISTER.  It’s been a while since I’ve whacked you with mom guilt.  My bad.  Here you go.” WHAM. Guilt’s a punk.   Today, Gracie had a spaghetti lunch for parents in her classroom.  Chris and I have known about this for a few weeks now, and since it is really hard for him to get across town…

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Report Card Predictions

Report Card Predictions

Bean got his report card last week. All A’s, of course. Even in math. He gets it from his daddy. His favorite subject is math. And his favorite part about math is counting money. He’s a BEAN COUNTER!!!!!!!!!!! Oh, man. I should stretch before I pun. In the comments section of Bean’s report card, his teacher had written a little note: “Michael continues to be a positive role model for all students at our school.” All students, huh? Not to shabby, Beanie Man. Chris and I were reading over the comment…

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Tips for Raising Children Who Love to Read

Tips for Raising Children Who Love to Read

As a middle school language arts teacher, I see every day the difference between those kids who love to read and those who don’t.  When a child loves to read, school comes easier for them.  That doesn’t necessarily mean they are the smartest in the room, but their reasoning and processing skills are much quicker compared to a child who hardly ever picks up a book.  Reading is a complex process in the mind of a child.  Not only are they visually deciphering images, but they are reading words, comprehending what…

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Gracie’s 5th Birthday Recap

Gracie’s 5th Birthday Recap

Happy Easter, friends!  A better blogger would have scheduled an Easter recap on Easter Sunday instead of a birthday recap.  But… half-assed.  So instead, let me just tell you that we had a lovely Easter here at our house.  My mom came to church with us in the morning, and in the afternoon we had a big lunch with friends of ours.  It was relaxed, casual, and focused on what mattered.  Just the way I like to spend holidays. Easter was actually the ending of a really busy weekend at…

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We’ve Got Ourselves a Screamer

We’ve Got Ourselves a Screamer

For as dainty and girly as Gracie is, you would probably be surprised to learn that she is a screamer. Actually, that may not surprise you at all, in fact.  Screaming has come naturally to Gracie all her life.  Sometimes, I think she might still have colic. (*shudder*) Let’s not talk about colic. I’ve done my best to drink that stage of my life away… Lately, though, she has added a little “umph” to her screams.  She now screams like she is about to murder someone. She turns red in…

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The Time Out Fail

The Time Out Fail

This morning, Gracie was in time out for who-knows-what.  We have two designated “time out spots” in our house, which makes it easy to enforce when there is a discipline issue.  The kids know if they get sent to time out when we are downstairs, they have to sit on the bottom step of the staircase.  If they get in trouble upstairs, they have to sit on the bench in our bedroom.  They’ve had these time out spots for years, so it’s pretty easy to give a time out. Nowadays, we aren’t…

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She.

She.

She loves castles, doll babies, and tea sets. She loves her brother even more. She squeals when she sees a butterfly and screams when she sees a lizard. She is deathly afraid of love bugs. She loves to cook. She loves babies. She loves jewelry. She loves shoes. She REALLY loves tutus. She has a laugh that brightens up the room. She is slow to anger. She believes every bump, bruise, scrape, or blow of the wind requires a bandaid. She hates to eat. She loves to drink apple juice….

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