How playing Gollum can boost reading skills

Lydia is in kindergarten now and easily picking up the "sight words" and phonics as they're taught.  There's no need to pressure her to pick up reading any faster, but I pounced on this opportunity to help her practice by doing something she was really interested in doing! The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien is one … Continue reading How playing Gollum can boost reading skills

The Forgotten Garden and books I’m going to read in 2020

Four years ago, I posted a photo of the stack of books I got for Christmas and later updated the post with links to the book reviews.  This year, I've already finished one of the books (the longest one!) so this post isn't just a tease--it also includes one review! The Forgotten Garden is the … Continue reading The Forgotten Garden and books I’m going to read in 2020

Vinegar Girl, Bright April, Tell the Machine Goodnight [book reviews]

As we wrap up the second decade of the twenty-first century, I've been reading and thinking about things like the effects of immigration policy on science and marriage, how the struggle against racism has changed over time, and what weird new technologies may emerge in the 2020s. Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler The cover emphasizes … Continue reading Vinegar Girl, Bright April, Tell the Machine Goodnight [book reviews]

Tips for Feeding a Picky Eater: Part 1

This is a guest post by Jill Exman Tedlock, whom I met through New Mom's Coffee, an absolutely wonderful resource here in metropolitan Pittsburgh.  Once you've attended this in-person discussion group, you can join several affiliated Facebook groups to discuss raising children of different ages or to discuss related topics, like cooking for your family.  … Continue reading Tips for Feeding a Picky Eater: Part 1

Two First Novels by Authors Starting with K [book reviews]

I stepped into an aisle in my local library's fiction section and checked out the first two books that looked good.  Each of them turned out to be the first novel by an author experienced in another type of writing--Erin Kelly is a journalist, and Richard Kramer is a television scriptwriter.  Both of them are … Continue reading Two First Novels by Authors Starting with K [book reviews]