Taking Risks Pays Off in Both Parenting and Teaching

     I am sharing the two pictures above because both show big risks I have recently taken  in my parenting. Both times, taking this risk, although nerve wracking,  brought

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You Can’t Force Learning: But You Can Watch and Listen Carefully and Learning Will Unfold

Greetings! Ariana has learned how to sleep in her crib for 12 straight hours!!!!  She is so very proud of herself and I am enjoying the sleep!!! I want to

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Get Excited About The Small Stuff

I’m always imagining all the ‘big stuff’ of Ariana’s life. I can’t wait for her to start talking, walking, singing, –I was so excited for her first smile!  As you

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Three Things to Say To Children Everyday

My friends and colleagues at Parenting Smarts, Ellen Dillon and Norman Stiles,  Parenting Smarts Productions recently posted a wonderful article by Mojo Lisa A. McCrohan that was about the three things

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Read Aloud is Magical at Any Age

Just a quick post today!  Since being home with Ariana, I have been reminded of the importance of both Read Aloud and oral language. Throughout the day, two of Ariana’s

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Teaching and Parenting Through the Eyes of a Child

Marie Clay, one of my reading heroes, once said that in order to teach effectively you have to look at and reflect upon every teaching/learning encounter  not through your own

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Think Positively

I’ve never been a person to put much stock in inspirational quotes. As a matter of fact, I have always secretly poked fun at people who put quotes up around

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Listening is Key!

Yes, there is my dear Ariana on her tummy!!!!! I must point out that in both picture  she is wearing very cute outfits…so far takes after her mother…loves to dress

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4 Tips for Successful Writing Conferences

I’ve been spending my week conferring with some really AMAZING K-4 writers. Rather than finding myself doing a thousand different conferring strategies, a few crucial ones kept popping up. I

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Best Writing Consultant’s First Blog Post!

Leah Mermelstein is an internationally recognized literacy consultant who specializes in K-5 Reading and Writing Workshop. She is the President and CEO of Read-Write-Connect, INC.  She is also the author

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