Literacy Lookback: a Midyear Reprise

With the Dog Days of Summer here, I’m taking advantage of those lazy moments to see where I am with my my literacy goals for the year. Even though it is past the year’s midpoint, now is just as logical a time to for reflection as that time between the holidays and New Year when I put those ideas into motion. In January I wrote a post for the Big Universe blog that highlighted some of the (then) recent literacy resources and tools. They gave me food for thought then, and now, too. Literacy Ideas: Thinking Ahead Get over the idea that only children should spend their time in study.  Be a student so long as you still have something … Read more

Life Lessons for Kids – Let a Book Talk for You

Helping kids with life lessons. Oh so important, but oh so exhausting. I don’t know about you, but I feel like my voice is an echo chamber. With the kids around 24/7 I feel like I am saying (and hearing) the same things over and over, suggesting solutions to the same old problems (friendship, anxiety, communication skills, girl drama, et al), and just overall sounding like a broken record. Frankly, I am tired of hearing my own voice, so I know the 11-year-old is! With both of us in need of a break, it is time to bring out the *real* authority: books! Last spring, I wrote a post for the Big Universe Blog about teaching kids life lessons through … Read more

Literacy Lalapalooza 9 – Summer Vacation Edition

Happy Summer Vacation! and Welcome to our 9th Literacy Lalapalooza! Each month since November 2012, we have been celebrating the Reading Tub’s 10th Anniversary. This is our way of thanking you for sharing the gift of literacy. Each issue has ONE idea for literacy and reading; TWO tools or resource suggestions, and THREE book recommendations (one for each reading age). There is newsletter edition, too! So DOUBLE the creative literacy ideas and sign up today. Subscribers already got their email with a completely unique set of recommendations for literacy during summer vacation.  Just ask, and I’ll be happy to send it to you. Believe it or not, hitting the road is one of the easiest ways to sneak in some literacy fun. Summer vacation … Read more