Thursday, June 20, 2013

A Must Read

The Fault in Our StarsThe Fault in Our Stars by John Green

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wow!  It has been a loooong time since I read a book this good.  This is one of those books that I longed for when I wasn't reading it.  This is one of those books that surprised me with its eloquence.  This is also one of those books that requires privacy and a box of kleenex when reading it.  If this book is on your list of books to read, move it to the top.  If you were not planning to read it, change your plans.  If you already read it, then you know of what I speak, no?

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Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Get the Kids Reading This Summer With These Fun Clubs

Hi all!  Well, as of today, summer has finally begun in our house.  Samara's last day of school was May 24th, Juliana's was May 31st and Abigail's was yesterday.  Our plans for the summer include: gymnastics (once a week for S & A and twice a week for J), swimming at Adler Park Pool (as often as we can), weekly crafts at Michael's (have you seen their Passport to Imagination club?  We did this last year and it was so much fun that the girls begged to do it again!), homeschooling (of course!), lots of time at the local library, camping, traveling, and reading clubs. Whew!

So, Abby's first grade teacher sent home some great links for summer reading clubs.  Being the wonderful person that I am, I will share them with you here.

The Scholastic Summer Challenge is a club where the kids read every day, log their minutes, and earn rewards.  Pretty simple, huh?  Even better - they can link their minutes to their school.  The school with the most minutes gets a visit from Dav Pilkey.   Don't know who he is?  Then you must not have kids in elementary school.  Just kidding (sort of, but not really).  He writes the famous Captain Underpants series. 

Another challenge we are participating in is Sylvan's Book Adventure.  This is a club where the kids read books and take quizzes on them.  Through these quizzes they earn points.  These points can be redeemed for things like chocolate bars from Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, temporary tattoos, eBooks, etc. 

We are also going to participate in BookItSummer.  This is a fun site (although not running yet) where the kids play online, take quizzes and customize their own dragon.  Fun!

We are also reading for local library.  The kids have to log in 12 different places that they read this summer and then they get to pick a prize (usually a book!).  Yippeee!

What are you doing this summer?


Sunday, June 02, 2013

I might have an interview...

I got a phone call - I am going to have a conversation with a person tomorrow.  It is not a teaching job, but it is working with children at risk.  We'll see.