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Summer Staycation

For Mother’s Day, my family gave me National Parks: A Kid’s Guide to America’s Parks, Monuments, and Landmarks by Erin McHugh. It included a nice cardboard display portfolio for the “America the Beautiful Quarter Collection”. The US mint started a new quarter collection series in 2010 highlighting National Parks in each state. The first quarter in the series features the Hot Springs National Park in Arkansas and will conclude with the Alabama Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site in 2021.

Spelling Secrets for Success

On a regular basis, I discuss with my students why it is so difficult to learn how to spell our language correctly. Read this article with your children entitled “Enuf or Enough? Why Is English Spelling So Random?” (May 2014 article from blog.dictionary.com/spelling/). I have personally struggled with spelling my entire academic career...elementary school through graduate school. That is why I am so very thankful to live in the age of automatic spell check as an adult! I still associate spelling with frustration, anxiety, and tears.

100 Days of Home's Cool!

Looking for a fun way to beat the winter blahs? Consider celebrating 100 Days of School! This year our family decided to generate 100 ways to celebrate this educational milestone. Full disclosure: it actually took three days to accomplish this task, but it turned out to be the perfect activity to infuse our school days with whimsy and fun in the middle of the school year.

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