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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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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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My Favorite Early Chapter Books: Oliver and Amanda Pig series by Jean Van Leeuwen (1979 – 2008)

These 20 early reader chapter books about Oliver and Amanda Pig are my very favorite!  I discovered them by chance at our tiny Wisconsin library in 1988, and have been reading them to my children — and now grandchildren — … Continue reading

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All-of-a-Kind Family series by Sydney Taylor (1951 – 1978)

There’s something to be said for a book that makes you wish you’d been part of a poor immigrant family living in New York’s upper east side on the eve of World War I.  Sydney Taylor’s time-honored classic does just … Continue reading

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Another Christmas Family Read Aloud!

I grew up watching The Waltons on television — me and every other person in the United States from 1972 – 1981.  Possibly you’ve watched the re-runs.  The show was based on the book Spencer’s Mountain by Earl Hamner, Jr. published in … Continue reading

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5 Christmas Read Aloud Books for Families

December is a magical time to read aloud to your family — whether you’re gathered around the lit tree, sitting on the floor while they’re snuggled in their warm beds, or possibly traveling down the freeway to visit relatives.   If … Continue reading

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