Tag Archives: Reading

Maya Angelou, 1928 – 2014

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Sadly today, the celebrated storyteller, poet and activist Maya Angelou passed away. She was a woman of great courage, strength and spiritual beauty who inspired many with both her words and actions. Continue reading

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Calling All Young Readers

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The children in our lives enjoy—and benefit from—all the pleasures that summer vacation holds, but we don’t want these precious children to experience a slide in their reading and writing abilities during their long break from school. We can tempt them with books and quizzes and games and wonderful programs at their local libraries. Continue reading

A Dog is a Kid’s Best Friend…When it Comes to Reading

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Like humans, dogs can wear many hats. They can be our best buddy: comforting, entertaining, companionable, affectionate, protective; they can also be trained to provide guidance, assistance or therapy.

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Here in north suburban Chicago, K-9 Reading Buddies of the North Shore (K9RBNS) offers a unique twist—dogs (and their humans) are helping children improve their reading skills and boost their confidence in academic settings; in fact, they’ve proved to be quite successful in doing so.  Continue reading

Calling All Grandpas (not just Republicans)

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My Father ~ Max M. Michelson

This past February marked 40 years since my father passed away. At the time of his death, he was a grandfather of six. I wish he knew that all these years later, his grandchildren (2 of whom are grandparents, themselves) would hold vivid and treasured memories of him close to their hearts. Through his words and actions, he set a standard that they’ve tried to emulate in key areas of their lives. Probably that was his hope; he made all the small moments with each of them count. Continue reading

Teacher Interview: Laurie Bagan

Laurie3Today I have the pleasure of speaking with Laurie Bagan, an experienced preschool teacher, who shares her enthusiasm for reading with her class. She is also the mother of three, a new grandmother and, I am happy to say, my friend. Welcome, Laurie! Continue reading