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Books Review: Two Resources for Summer Fun

Some of the most delightful resources for parents interested in children’s activities, birthday parties, or holiday and festival crafts are published by Floris Books, in Edinborough, Scotland.  I’ve personally used many of the Floris books for craft activities as they have such creative ideas, colorful photos and illustrations and easy-to-follow instruction.  I wish owned these [Read more...]
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Rhythm During the Summer

by Karen Rivers June approaches very quickly and suddenly, and after that last assembly and picnic, it’s summer.  Your children are home now for full days, day after day. The school rhythm is gone. The temptation is there to slip into a somewhat unformed vacation life where most, if not all, regularity has gone. The [Read more...]
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Home-town Memorial Day—once more

I still can’t get used to Memorial Day (originally ‘Decoration Day’) being observed on the 4th Monday of May—just to give Americans a 3-day weekend. I ignore the red, white and blue advertising supplements in the Sunday newspaper encouraging readers to go out and shop. But I do observe some traditions. In my New England [Read more...]
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Happy May Day

May Day can be a such a special day in a family and at school.  My first recollection of celebrating May Day was in a local preschool where we 4-year-olds went around a simple May Pole each holding a ribbon.  I was dressed in a handmade costume—a robin. I still remember the feelings of awkwardness [Read more...]
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SPECIAL SPRING GROUP OFFER

Are you looking for something special for your Grade 8 students for an end-of-the-year or graduation gift?   Follow the 2013 example of Jeannette Voss of the Waldorf School of Lexington and order our comprehensive, annotated Waldorf High School reading list, Books for the Journey, for each student.  This invaluable, 346-page resource was compiled by [Read more...]
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Real Grass for your Easter or Spring Basket

Spring is here and Easter is just a week away. Why not use “real” grass instead of using plastic shredded grass for your decorations?  It’s not too late. Even if you have less than a week, here are directions with photographs showing examples of our family’s table decorations for Easter in years past. Containers? Look [Read more...]
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Introducing Poetry to Children

April is National Poetry Month and what better time to introduce children to the delightful sounds of language with a collection of nursery rhymes. I’ll make some book recommendations at the end of this post, but first—why should we start with nursery rhymes? Sound and Rhythm In our Make Way for Reading: Great Books for [Read more...]
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Henry Knox: Bookseller, Soldier, Patriot

Evacuation Day—March 17, 1776—might not have happened if it weren’t for the efforts of young Henry Knox and his courageous men: a biography for grade school by Anita Silvey, illustrated by Wendell Minor. Children’s literature expert and author, Anita Silvey, brings us a little-known story of a former Boston bookseller, now soldier, who brought an idea [Read more...]
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March 17th – What else do we remember?

March 17th – Evacuation Day If you live outside of the Massachusetts, you may not know that Evacuation Day coincides with St. Patrick’s Day on this date. The significance of this day was not discussed in my classes growing up in this Commonwealth, but in my home. ( I’ll recommend a book after I describe [Read more...]
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For your Valentine

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