Tag Archives: Education

3 Books by 1992 Teacher of the Year, Rafe Esquith (2003 – 2009) + a Documentary (2005)

I read these books a few years ago and think of them everyday!  Whether you’re a supportive parent or a homeschooler, there are many, many insights and inspirations here.  Don’t miss the documentary The Hobart Shakespeareans! There Are No Shortcuts … Continue reading

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The Smartest Kids in the World: and How They Got That Way by Amanda Ripley (2013)

I found this book a couple of years ago in an airport bookstore — those small bookstores often have the BEST titles!  I enjoyed it so much, I chose it as my book club choice that year so all my … Continue reading

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The Year of Miss Agnes by Kirkpatrick Hill (2000)

Did you have a favorite teacher who changed your life?  I did — Mrs. Ross, my high school choir teacher.  Mrs. Ross was convinced every student could sing a solo.  She refused to take “No” for an answer.  So, like … Continue reading

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Marva Collins’ Way by Marva Collins and Civia Tamarkin (1982)

What I once assumed to be inferior education for the poor and underprivileged has become a nationwide malady that afflicts the middle and upper classes as well. . . our children are not the culprits, they are the victims.  My twenty … Continue reading

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Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder (1933)

  If you’ve ever wanted to live on acres of land where you had a lovely house and grew most of your own food, this book is for you!  Although Farmer Boy is usually listed as part of the Little … Continue reading

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Out of Darkness: The Story of Louis Braille by Russell Freedman (1997)

Can I just say, bless those authors who write excellent biographies for children! Louis Braille was born in 1809 in a small town outside of Paris, France.  Through a terrible accident involving his father’s leather working tools, Louis was blinded … Continue reading

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A Grain of Rice by Helena Clare Pittman (1990) A book for kids who love (or hate) math!

Pong Lo is a poor Chinese peasant who wants to marry the emperor’s daughter.  He humbly approaches the throne to make his request, but is soundly rejected — and nearly executed!.  However, the princess recognizes that Pong Lo is bright … Continue reading

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