required + reading

October 8, 2014
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“Reading time! Grab your book!” This is what I call out to Mr. T, who is in the backyard, walking circles around the trampoline, lost in thought. He gives me his usual just-a-minute and eventually comes in, pulls Hunter from the book basket and sprawls himself in every direction across the leather chair like an […]

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summer reading

July 3, 2014
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“Which is all well and glorious, these homeschooling days of wonder. But there are other days wracked with a whole different sort of wonder, particularly if you are a parent. Why can’t he write a paragraph by himself if schoolkids his age can? Should I push her to read instead of listening to audiobooks for […]

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lemony snicket is our man

April 7, 2014
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Since we’ve been talking about college application essays, I might also add that Lulu wrote two application essays on Lemony Snicket. Apparently this was a bad idea, as she got wait-listed at both schools. Then again, one might assume that a school which wait-lists applicants who write essays on Lemony Snicket has a severe lack […]

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“want me to read it to you?”

August 19, 2013
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I found the book in a little indie bookstore by the beach when we were in Los Angeles for a long weekend. Super Human looked like something he’d like: heroes, villains, characters with names like Quantum and Paragon. I showed it to him and asked if it looked interesting, but he was sprawled under a […]

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stop the story!

January 18, 2013
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This week on Rhythm of the Home, I’m writing about the benefits of kids interrupting during read-alouds. I’ve written about this before, because I’m such a fan of talking about books. If you want to read more, there’s a post about talking about literature in general here, and one about talking about it in a […]

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giveaway updates

December 2, 2012

Time for me to mail off books! Congratulations to the following winners-chosen by random number generator–who will be receiving a paperback copy of my new book Workshops Work! in the mail: Anamaria, Debbie, Wendy, Sandra and JJ. I’ll be contacting you via email for your address information. It’s such a thrill for me to send my book out […]

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hey! I wrote a book!

November 26, 2012
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And I’m so excited to finally be able to share it with you. You can read all about it here. But come back! I have more to share with you. Including a giveaway. Originally I’d planned to release the book as a simple PDF. But after thinking about it, I realized that since Workshops Work! […]

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