Capable Students Stay Home Sick

home sick

I had to replace the tissue box on my desk in the library twice last week.  Coughs, sneezes, and headaches abound.  It is cold and flu season, and some students need to stay home and get better. It’s reality. I know how it is, though. I know some […]

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The Book that Changed My Life

The book that changed my life.

This post is courtesy of my husband Jon, who is a husband, father, and reader extraordinaire.  Links are Amazon affiliate links “Please don’t lose your sense of humor.” That plea came from one of my favorite teachers on the eve of my high school graduation in 1986. She […]

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5 Steps to a Perfect School Night

The perfect school night

I have to admit that there were mornings when I drove my kids to school while I was still wearing my pajamas with me yelling and lecturing at them the entire way there.  They couldn’t get out of the car fast enough.  By the time I got back […]

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Capable Students Binge Watch Downton Abbey

The couch calls...enjoy a relaxing Friday evening at home.

I totally lucked out. Friday is the big sports showcase at our school, and I don’t have to go.  It’s practically the biggest sporting event of the school year, and it’s loud, crowded, and hot, followed by freezing on the walk to the car in the dark.  It […]

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3 things to remember in January

January

Of all the breaks during the school year, the winter holidays are the toughest to return from. It doesn’t have the hope and optimism that the start of school offers or the light-at-the-end-of-the-tunnel energy surge that Spring Break offers. The first days back in January can be bleak, […]

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It’s Time to Clean the House

TCS-Clean the House

Let’s face it.  The house has to be cleaned – even though we are on break, even though no one feels like it. When I need some serious housecleaning inspiration, I turn to this lady and her 15 minute rule.  I tweak things a bit though to make […]

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A Refreshing Christmas Break

A Refreshing Christmas Break

It is oh-so-tempting to walk in the door, dump the backpack on the floor, and not think about school again until “next year”. The reality, though, is that next year is only two weeks away, and if we aren’t careful our kids will head back to school in […]

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Dinner Matches the Movie Night

Dinner Matches the Movie

The good part of pre-Christmas Break exams is obvious.  The kids can all relax and enjoy the few weeks off over the holidays worry-free.  It’s great. The bad part is less obvious.  The kids are so stressed and busy preparing for exams that they can’t really enjoy the […]

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A Family Christmas

Before the decorations come out, the cookies get baked, or the presents get wrapped, I get the Christmas books down.  These books get me through the Christmas holidays, and I need them at Christmas time as much as I need church, decorations, cookies, carols, or presents. “Get me […]

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Keep Calm and Research On

When I was a tutor, there was nothing like a research project to set kids off into a panic, and I see that as a school librarian too. If your child has a research project coming up, don’t worry. I will show you the steps I used with my […]

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