Tuesday, February 23, 2010


This blog is in need of some major TLC. I believe I'm going to merge it back with my other blog. It's much too time consuming for me to divide my attention between two blogs. For further reading, visit my other blog www.slimpikinsitis.blogspot.com

Friday, January 22, 2010


The librarian at elementary school library where I work announced that a cart of free books was up for grabs. Of course I went in to check it out but before I made it to the cart, the librarian warned me that I probably wouldn't want anything as they were non fiction books. Hah. I continued my onward course to free goods. This is what I found:

It was a big stack of reference books all about children's literature authors and illustrators. What a gold mine, even if they are overly outdated (the authors/illustrators whose birth dates were listed in the 1910-15 range listed no death dates. That should give you an idea how old these books are).

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Friday, January 15, 2010

Max Tote

I'd like to say that I strongly dislike when the things I love become trendy, so it is natural that I don't like that Where the Wild Things Are has become so; however, it is definitely a classic that I love and I can't help but participate in the trendiness and post the directions on how to make your very own Max Bag! I haven't made one yet so if you feel so inclined, you can whip an extra one up and send it on over to me. Visit "Meet Me At Mikes" for the directions HERE.

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Thursday, January 14, 2010

Unfortunately, Fortunately

Unfortunately I bought a book on Amazon spending money that I shouldn't have.

Click HERE.

Fortunately it is a must have, though it rarely appears on classics lists.

Unfortunately the delivery seemed to take FOREVER.

Fortunately the package arrived and instead of containing one book, there were 2 stuck together!

This book is a favorite of mine. As it doesn't follow a mainstream pattern that most children's books are written in, it caught my interest immediately. Fortunately follows an AB pattern-like format as demonstrated by my above story/narrative. The first page starts out with a "fortunately" statement and the next page follows with an "unfortunately" turn of events, which is then turned around on the next page to another "fortunately" change in plot. The pattern continues till the end when.... I'm not going to tell you the end!

Finding children's books to entertain my 13 year-old brother is an extreme challenge now and I must pronounce that this book was approved and enjoyed by him. It is a very accessible one for all ages and versatile with the types of instruction that can be given. It is appropriate for the ages ranging from 5 years old all the way up to your age. I rarely buy books brand new. This book was a definite exception. Check it (Fortunately by Remy Charlip) out HERE!

Uses in class/at home:

1. Read and make predictions, "What will happen next?!".
2. Discuss choices/consequences.
3. Practice using the vocabulary "fortunately" and "unfortunately" around the house in conversation.
3. Write your own "Fortunately" story.


4. You who have read it, what are your insights and suggestions?

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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

The Answers or the Questions...

Have you ever had a problem that you struggled to solve then paused as you realized that you weren't even clear about what the problem was, exactly and clearly, its essence? For me, solving the problem often lies in the figuring out what the problem actually is. To find/create a true, whole solution for a problem, don't you have to figure out the true, whole of the problem? Just wondering. What are your thoughts on process verses product? Is one more desirable to you? Two quotes come to mind:

"I plead with you not to let those most important things pass you by as you plan for that illusive and non-existent future when you will have time to do all that you want to do. Instead, find joy in the journey—now."

*Thomas S. Monson, “Finding Joy in the Journey,” Ensign, Nov 2008, 84–87
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"The answers aren't important really... What's important is-- knowing all the questions"

*The Changeling by Zilpha Keatley Snyder, 1970.
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*What the Dormouse Said: Lessons for Grown-ups from Children's Books, Collected by Amy Gash, pg. 103.
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Hmm. There's lots to be said...

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Monday, January 11, 2010

Quote for the day...

" Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; They are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers. "

- Charles W. Eliot


Tuesday, January 5, 2010


Seller: Onesmymouse

I do love the alphabet. I found a variety of Etsy sellers offering various posters. Don't ask how long I spent searching through the masses of options, but I found quite a few worthy of posting space. The above one is my favorite. Click on the seller names to be sent to the shops.

Seller: Summersville (this do-it-yourself was a close call for 1st place)

Seller: Enna (reminds me of the 80's)

Seller: Petitcollage

Seller: Petitcollage (reminds me of the 70"s)

Seller: boldandnoble (very clean feel)

Seller: gisforgrow (looks chaotic, but I still can't help but study it closely)

So there you have it. A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y and Z. Do you have a favorite?

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