Friday, June 10, 2011


I remember the sound of my shoes tapping on the terrazzo floor and the smell of dusty shelves. Everything was taller than me and no one talked to me. But I loved this place. My mom loved this place, so I did, too.

I do not remember ever checking out a book. But I do remember looking at the rows and rows of books and knowing that they were all there for me. They were all there for me to discover. They must be important if someone had taken the time to organize them on the shelves. I couldn't read yet, but I was drawn to all those books.

Now I find myself drawn to old books. The ones with black line drawings are the best. They may not seem like exciting books, but sometimes I discover an old way of thinking or speaking connected to a timeless truth. I feel connected to the time and the people who lived in that time. It feels like a treasure hunt.

The treasure I am finding is priceless.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Mandi plays Jamaica Farewell

Mandi came up with the arrangement. It reminds me of a mission trip I took when I was 17.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Thank you MCT!

Michael Clay Thompson is a man who has changed the way I educate my children. Maybe I should say, has confirmed my intuition about teaching my kids. He is a man who loves the English language and is able to convey his feelings to his readers. He writes in a way that is not insulting to a student's intelligence, yet he makes it easy to understand his point.

This past school year, I decided to focus on his first level of language arts books with my three oldest kids.

Now at the end of the year, their messy notebooks are filled with similes and poems that they have written. It is writing that they can be proud of.

They can tell you the most horrible grammatical mistake you can make in a sentence.

They have started to notice if a writer is a good writer or not.

They have started to appreciate classic literature.

They have started to value poetic elements and recognize some poets.

They have started a journey and I am thrilled to be taking it with them!