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That moment when a child discovers reading

Every child has an ignition point where reading becomes a passion and a gateway to worlds of imagination and wonder. The exact age where that comes varies. Oldest had it when she had just turned 5. I was reading her … Continue reading

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Finding the best approach to math with Common Core

Daughter is learning Common Core math. Common Core, despite the brouhaha a few years ago, simply involves teaching multiple ways to solve the same problem. This is because there are many ways to solve the same problem, and some make … Continue reading

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Rescuing the tropical cow from extinction

Years ago, I told my children about the tropical cow, and how it had nearly been driven to extinction through loss of habitat due to extensive reforrestation efforts. But, I noted, conservationists had been clearcutting the Amazon to create more … Continue reading

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The never-ending game of peek-a-boo

I’m from Pittsburgh area. My parents still live there. It’s about 300 miles to get there, or roughly six hours, given the occasional pit stop. A little less than 16 years ago, we took Oldest Daughter and her foster brother … Continue reading

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Attention whore

I have a confession to make to everyone: I am an attention whore. Please look at me. I love to be noticed. It’s the remedy for what ails me. You see, as New Jerseyans, we live like ships at sea, … Continue reading

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Your mom joke revisited

The girls were in the back seat, hitting each other with one “your mom” joke after another, when their mother objected. Such humor is rude, puerile and not what we expect from them, she reminded them. The 7-year-old didn’t miss … Continue reading

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Woe, woe to the inabiters of the earth!

I’ve found that it helps the girls to get moving in the morning if they have music to listen to. It doesn’t matter if it’s Pete Seeger, The Beatles, Joan Baez, Bob Dylan or someone else. With Evangeline especially, it … Continue reading

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Go to sleep

It’s eleven o’clock. Bedtime was two hours ago. You do not need another drink of water. There is nothing so urgent to tell us that it can’t wait until morning. You were not sleepwalking. You are just out of bed. … Continue reading

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Ewww…

Evangeline is working on homework right now. Among her phrases: 1)┬áThe heart I broke. She specified it was broken with her bare hands; i.e., it was taken from someone’s chest first — and she has never seen “Temple of Doom.” … Continue reading

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A prayer for the Sea Monkey

O Lord, Some times you do things that make me wonder if you’re paying attention, or if you’ve fallen asleep at the wheel. I scarcely know what I’m doing with the two children Niki and I already have, and now … Continue reading

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