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How Usborne Books Helps Me Encourage My Reluctant Reader

”I love reading!” Those are words I wasn’t sure I would ever hear my 8-year-old say. And yet, there I was, standing in his room after tucking him into bed, when those very words came right out of his mouth! We have struggled with reading for a couple of years now.  Even though it finally clicked for him this summer, it isn’t translating into his reading assessments at school. J is a slow reader, which doesn’t bode well for success on timed tests.  (Why on EARTH Tennessee is timing 2nd graders on reading speed is beyond me, and another post…

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When Big Changes Happen…

…this momma might just turn into a hot mess! So many changes are happening in my personal life right now, and they’re all kind of HUGE adjustments for me! First, my baby boy has started Kindergarten.  He has been my little sidekick for the last 6 years, and now I send him off to school every day…all day.  He absolutely loves it, but I find myself alone in my house, which hasn’t happened for a very long time! My baby boy on his first day of Kindergarten! Now that might seem like a big enough adjustment to some of you,…

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When You Hear God Calling, Do You Say Yes?

What do you do when you hear God calling?  Hopefully, you answer! Nearly a year ago, the Director of Religious Education in our Catholic Church parish called me and asked if I had any interest in attending a workshop in far away June on the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, a Montessori-based CCD program for the children.  I agreed simply because I LOVE teaching, and it is my educational background. Little did I know the richness this workshop would bring into my life! For the past week, I have been absorbing information at an often alarming rate, preparing for the opportunity to…

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