Book Reports – Literacy + Life for Summer

Some of my favorite memories of summer come from visits to the library. It was the time of year for fun, leisure, pick-my-own books reading. It was also the time for book reports. You see, my dad was a teacher, so in our house we had to read 10 (age appropriate) books over the summer … and write a book report for each one. Yes, write – pen to paper! There weren’t any other options. I liked to write, so it wasn’t a big deal. For my brothers, though, it was torture. I often wonder if they were kids now, would it be the same way? There is great value in hand writing a report. BUT if there had been a way … Read more

Screens & Screen Time: a Precarious Balance (Soapbox Series #10)

The Soapbox Series is a periodic post that allows me to vent, share, or comment on ideas, experiences, and topics that may or may not relate to the literacy and reading mission of the blog. When I was a girl, there was only one kind of screen: television. It was for spending our leisure time. It gave us a window to “outside worlds,” the ones beyond our neighborhood. Most of the time it was turned off, and we were outside, or playing games, or reading, or drawing … finding other ways to fill our days. Now screens are a “necessary” part of our daily lives and those of our children. We’re using or “on” our screens almost nonstop. Just as … Read more

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