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Saturday, June 28, 2008

The Countdown

I have about 2 and 1/2 weeks left till my due date. Wow! This pregnancy has flown by, but now suddenly feels like it's dragging. I can't wait for this baby to arrive. I can't believe I'm going to be a mother. It's completely surreal to me! I can't even imagine what that moment is going to feel like when I first hold my baby. I get all verklempt just thinking about it! Talk amongst yourselves...

O.K... better. So, what is my plan for the next couple weeks?
- I'm going to try to get a jump on some planning and organizing for the fall. I know Literacy Launchpad will be starting again before I know it, and time is going to slip away from me once my little one arrives.
- I am going to start working on preparing some Literacy Launchpad curriculum to submit for publication. It's a dream, but one that will surely never come true unless I start doing something about it.
- Maintaining my house cleaning. I don't know when I will have to rush off to the hospital, so I'm hoping to keep my house in a somewhat constant state of relative cleanliness.
- Sleep. I'm a nap person, and I've got to enjoy my uninterrupted sleep while I can
- Blog surf. I'm addicted, and again, probably won't have tons of time to feed this addiction once baby arrives.

That seems like an ambitious list for 2 weeks. I'll leave it at that.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Three Cheers for Preschool!

I truly believe that many of the problems we deal with in this country could be greatly reduced if we (as a society) invested more in our children and youth. That's why I'm so passionate about helping children fall in love with reading at an early age.

I just received a link to an ABC News video from Reading Rockets... Food for thought on early childhood education. Check it out!

Friday, June 20, 2008

Garage Sale Library

Went garage sale-ing today and hit the mother load at one sale. I bought about 18 children's books, and could have ended up with many more if I hadn't stopped myself. I complimented the seller on her great book stash and she revealed that she was a teacher and does home schooling... I knew it! :) I could definitely tell she had some teacher in her by how well kept the books were. I bought some Ezra Jack Keats titles, some Don Freeman, Vera Williams, Charlotte Zolotow, to name a few. Then at another sale I picked up some Captain Underpants and Time Warp Trio books. Woohoo!

Friday, June 13, 2008

Want Some Books?

I recently discovered a great way to acquire new books... for free! Well, it's not completely free, I guess. There's a website called Bookmooch that lets you exchange books with others. You can post books of your own that you don't want anymore. Then when you ship someone your book(s), you earn points that you can then use to get books you want that other users have posted.

I just joined today, and was not able to find a couple books I was specifically looking for, but I'm hoping I'll have some luck with it when I poke around a little more and actually get some of my own books posted! It's free to join! Try it out! The more people that join, the more selection there will be!

And don't forget, you can apply this same concept at your local used book store. Sell them books you don't want anymore, get store credit, then buy new (used) books!!

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Summer is Here!

O.K. so maybe it's not "officially" summer, but with the 90 degree heat we've been having around here, it sure feels like summer already!!

Literacy Launchpad has wrapped up for the summer, but that doesn't mean the reading fun has to stop. There are summer reading programs going on all over the area (and all over the country)! Read what the Horn Book Magazine's editor has to say about summer reading programs:

I hope the demands of the ever more prevalent summer required-reading list don’t put a crimp on participation in the summer reading clubs and games sponsored by public libraries nationwide. These programs, generally free of charge and blissfully unstructured, offer a combination of recreation, socialization, and reading for pleasure that will do far more good for a child than anything he or she reads “because I have to.” For bookish kids, these clubs offer an easy and too-rare way to shine among their peers; and nonreaders who are in the game strictly for the prizes and refreshments will at least learn their way around a library. Many libraries offer variations on the club to allow participation online or on vacation. See what’s going on in your town.
-Roger Sutton (Editor in Chief, Horn Book Magazine)

Life has been very crazy this year, especially with a baby on the way in a few weeks here. But I'm doing my best to make semi-regular appearances on here. Thanks for checking in! Hopefully life will calm down before too long.