• Family Read Aloud Time

    5 Simple Stategies for Choosing Read Alouds the Whole Family Will Enjoy

    How to Choose Read Alouds for the Whole Family Choosing books for family read aloud time can seem daunting, especially if you have multiple children in various age groups who have wildly different interests. It is not impossible, however, to find books that are both wholesome and entertaining that everyone will love. You can find read alouds that the whole family will love using these simple strategies. 1. Look at your family dynamic Before you choose any books to read at family read aloud time, consider your family dynamics. How many children do you have? Are all of your children really close in age? Or…

  • The Boy on the Wooden Box by Leon Leyson

    Book Review | The Boy on the Wooden Box

    The Boy on the Wooden Box by Leon Leyson The Boy on the Wooden Box by Leon Leyson is a powerful story of hope and determination and survival against all odds. This book is a memoir written about the author’s experience as a Polish Jew during World War II who was lucky enough to find himself on Schindler’s List. A Short Summary of The Boy on the Wooden Box The author, Leon Leyson was only a child when Poland was invaded by the Nazis. He had been living with his parents and his three older brothers and older sister in Krokow when their home was…

  • Young Writer Publication

    Young Writer Publication: The Birth of the King of Kings by Mary-Clare Franco

    I’m super excited to share this amazing piece of writing from a budding young writer. This original piece of poetry was written by Mary-Clare Franco. Enjoy! The Birth of the King of Kings                                                     A glimmering star shone with light;                                                     Upon a dark and peaceful night;                                                     The moon was still, pale its face;                                                     The snow it glittered, the frost like lace;                                                     Adorned the trees, with silver strands;                                                     For winter was come upon the land;                                                     The wind was gentle, but it did chill;                                                     And angels sang, their song it filled,                                                     The humble world, when glinting stars;                                                     Did light the night from afar.                                                                                                             Within that stillness, a…

  • 8 FREE Beatrix Potter Learning Resources Round Up Post

    Exploring the Edwardian Era: Free Beatrix Potter Learning Resources

    8 Free Resources for Learning About Beatrix Potter One of the great authors of the Edwardian Time Period was Beatrix Potter. Her charming children’s books are known all around the world. The pretty illustrations and lovely characters have captivated young readers for more than a hundred years. If you are looking to learn more about this author and find great and FREE resources about her and her books to use with your kids, then continue reading this post. I have complied a list of free learning resources about Beatrix Potter and her timeless books. Beatrix Potter Author Study from First Grade Hip Hip Hooray This…

  • Letters From Father Christmas

    Beautiful Christmas Books That Evoke Generosity and Kindness

    Beautiful Christmas Books for the Whole Family It’s almost December again and that means it’s time to share a round-up post of some favorite Christmas books.  There are so many beautiful Christmas books to choose from, and because of this, the following list is fairly lengthy. At the end, therefore, you will find a printable list of all the titles I will mention. The Legend of the Candy Cane by Lori Walburg The Legend of the Candy Cane by Lori Walburg is one of my favorite Christmas picture books. It is one that I received as a gift for St. Nicholas Day many years ago,…

  • Insightful and Wise Anne Frank Quotes

    14 Insightful & Powerful Anne Frank Quotes

    Wonderful Anne Frank Quotes Almost 78 years ago a young girl started a diary. This simple diary that no one should have ever read has become a very popular book read by millions of people from around the globe. It has been translated into many languages, it has inspired hundreds of conversations, and offered unique insight into time long gone. The diary I am speaking of is of course Anne Frank’s Diary of a Young Girl. She could never have imagined that her words would be so widely read. In among the scribbling of everyday life and longings, we can find a surprising amount of…

  • Free Resources For Learning About Anne Frank

    Free Resources for Learning About Anne Frank

    Happy 91st Birthday, Anne Frank! It is hard to believe that if Anne Frank were still alive today, she would be celebrating her 91st birthday today!  Annelies ‘Anne’ Marie Frank was born on June 12, 1929 in Frankfurt Germany to Otto and Edith Frank. Anne had one older sibling, a sister named Margot. The Franks were a Jewish family living in a time and place where being a Jew was dangerous. That is why on July 6, 1942 Anne Frank’s family went into hiding. They would remain in hiding until they were found and arrested on August 4, 1944. Sadly, just weeks before the end…