Monday, June 27, 2016

How to learn chemistry while making delicious pickles

Mabel made dill pickles. Since it was bad luck to give away sour things, she demanded that we pay a penny for her goods. I imagine her recipes died with her. Miss Evie, our neighbor next door and Mabel's cousin, was a Pentecostal, and therefore not superstitious. She gave us her sweet pickles and the recipe freely. My dad gave her cucumbers and onions from our garden. 

Monday, June 6, 2016

How to stop the Summer Slide without destroying your child's summer

How do you help students stay sharp over the summer? Your student is sure to find something they enjoy on this great list of books.


The warm sun bounced down through the leaves of my favorite tree. I'd finished my morning's work, and was now free to enjoy the afternoon. I settled into the perfect smooth corner the branches made with the trunk, and opened the book I'd brought up with me.

I wasn't thinking of anything but enjoying the afternoon, but as a mother and a teacher I now know that by reading all those books I was accidentally preventing something called the Summer Slide. 


Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Goals May 2016

April was going to be an organized, productive month. A couple of key conversations, and our already busy schedule careened into chaos again. Have you been there? I am beginning to think that life is lived in survival mode, so I might as well learn to thrive here.