#MCreads Summer Edition

Oh, man, kids.  I’ve been a reading machine this summer.  I usually check out three books a week and when I brought the last batch home, Chris asked me how I choose books.  “Is it the cover?  Or the author?  Or do you read pages?” he asked.  Chris is not a big reader, and I’d never thought about it being difficult to go into a library and just FIND A BOOK.  If you struggle with that, too, here are my best tips.  Keep a “Must Read” list somewhere.  I use…

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A Simple Summer Craft: Book Chains

Last week on a rainy afternoon, I pulled out the ol’ craft supplies and gathered the children around to sing songs and make shit. Hahaha!  Just kidding. But we did make a cute little craft called a Book Chain.  I had the kids cut construction paper into strips. We measured out one-inch strips using a ruler.  You can do this for them, but I needed this particular craft to fill a good chunk of time while I got some chores done in the kitchen, so I made them cut the…

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#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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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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Book Review, Spring 2014

I read a lot.  I love escaping into a good book for a while, and I always, ALWAYS, have jet lag when a book ends.  I need at least an hour to let it go.  At least, with the good books anyway. I post the books I am reading to my Instagram account, using the hashtag #mcreads.  You can always follow along there to see what I’m reading on a daily basis.  I also post my books on GoodReads (user name: KatieMC).  But, I don’t usually go back and update what…

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#MCreads

I was sitting in a meeting this afternoon next to a new young teacher.  He can’t be more than 22 or 23 years old.  I was waiting for the meeting to begin, and while I waited I sat with my nose in a book, as usual.  He politely asked what I was reading, and when I told him a little bit about it, he kind of snorted and went back to sorting through emails.  “I don’t have time to read,” he said smugly.  “There’s too many important things to be…

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A Little (totally inappropriate) Story

This story actually happened about six months ago.  At the time, I was too embarrassed to share it.  But it has become legendary in our family and I think it’s one of the funniest things ever, so I begged my sister to let me tell you all.  She finally agreed today. My sister, Ginny, started a book club with some of her friends in her Sunday school class.  They were all sporadic readers, and thought that maybe a book club would help them read more regularly.  The book club actually…

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Sadness, Advertisements, and Books

I feel like all my blog has been lately is sadness and advertisements.  Not that there’s anything wrong with either of those.  Sadness is normal and healthy, and advertising helps pay the bills, yo.  Teddy Grahams are not cheap.  But when I try to think of something else to write about, my brain just kind of sits there.  It’s been doing that a lot lately.  Just sitting there.  It’s kind of driving me crazy, actually.  I’d really LIKE to be doing something, but my brain is not on board with…

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Summertime Confessions

1.  This morning I checked my email and saw that one of the mom email lists that I am on from church sent out an email announcing that Jake and the Neverland Pirates will be doing concerts for the next ten days at Downtown Disney.  So, I very quickly decided that instead of having a laundry day at my house, we’d be packing up and spending the afternoon swigging root beer and singing pirate songs.  Isn’t that what summer is all about???  I’m really going to miss being able to…

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On My Bookshelf

This year I challenged each of my students to read 30 books this school year. It started as just a random, incredible high number that I didn’t expect them to reach. I set it purposefully high so that they would keep reaching for it all year. Well, turns out about 30 out of my 110 students actually DID read the full 30 books already – and we still have five weeks left! They have blown me away with their reading. I have been inspired by them this year and have…

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