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Harvest Moon 2016

Posted on September 16, 2016

This year I made “Harvest” moon a family affair. For the past 2 years I’ve always been by myself because the boys were too little to wait around until the moon rose, but this year I made “Harvest” moon a family affair. We read the children’s book “Hello, Harvest Moon” by Ralph Fletcher (an excellent read and one of our favorites). We then made our way to our nearby shopping center, since that’s the best vantage point near us and set up the tri-pod and camera. We tracked the moon with the Skyview app. (My boys and I love this app) and just waited for the moon to rise. I think I got a few good shots considering I had to zoom in because…

“How To Raise A Wild Child” book review

Posted on April 21, 2016

Growing up in NYC I didn’t have many opportunities to be out in nature except for going to the park nearby our home or visiting Central Park on a weekend, however ever since I could remember I have always felt drawn to nature. I still remember when the street I grew up in was all concrete and there wasn’t a tree in sight. As a young girl I didn’t know anything was missing, but then one day some people from an organization (perhaps a beautification organization) came and planted trees up and down my block. I was so excited because suddenly my block looked so pretty. That was over 25 years ago. Today those trees have grown big, strong and beautiful. Whenever I return…

Emily Dickinson. A most prolific, dynamic and brilliant writer.

Posted on December 10, 2014

Emily Dickinson was born on this day December 10, 1830. I often wonder how she would have fared living in today’s society filled with our abundance of social media. Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Youtube. Something tells me our modern day appetite for constant disclosure would have gone against the very grain of this quiet and intensely private soul. One hundred and eighty four years later she’s still an enigma and one of America’s most beloved poets. Happy birthday Emily Dickinson.

A Drop fell on the Apple Tree (794)

Emily Dickinson, 1830 – 1886

 

A Drop fell on the Apple Tree –
Another – on the Roof –
A Half a Dozen kissed the Eaves –
And made the Gables laugh –

A few went out to help the Brook
That went to help the Sea –
Myself Conjectured were they Pearls –
What Necklaces could be –

The Dust replaced, in Hoisted Roads –
The Birds jocoser sung –
The Sunshine threw his Hat away –
The Bushes – spangles flung –

The Breezes brought dejected Lutes –
And bathed them in the Glee –
The Orient showed a single Flag,
And signed the fête away –

Summer time and the reading is easy…

Posted on June 5, 2012

Well folks June has finally arrived and that means that in a couple of weeks it will officially be summer. I love this month not just because yours truly was (ahem) born or because I absolutely never tire of catching lightning bugs, (yes, I’m quite aware I’m not 10 years old, but tell that to the kid in me). It isn’t because if you balance an egg on the summer solstice day it will sit upright (Is this even true? Has anyone tried this?) It’s not the summer thunderstorms or the way the grass smells after one. No, the reason I love June is that I’m a Gemini and not only are Geminis wonderful, fabulous people, but we are apparently the communicators of the…

Book Review: Your Child’s Strengths

Posted on January 25, 2012

If you are a teacher, a parent or work in some capacity with children and teenagers then Your Child’s Strengths by Jenifer Fox is an excellent book to put on your “books to read” list. For more than 25 years Ms. Fox, an educator has been interested in not only discovering a child’s individual strengths, but on what makes a child feel most alive. In her book not only is it important for students to do well academically, but also just as imperative is the need for children to feel a sense of fulfillment in their lives. What I like about this book is that it isn’t your typical educational book focusing on children that are struggling in school (those book are just as…

Teaching mood and tone to students

Posted on December 13, 2011

For many years I worked as a Special Education classroom teacher.  I know from experience that most educators are counting down the days to their much deserved Christmas holiday break. Over the holidays teachers focus on their family, friends and much-needed repose, but the teacher part never fully turns off.  Even when on vacation they’re constantly scouting for ideas for future lesson plans.  Since I believe in making teachers’ lives easier, especially Special Education teachers that teach Emotionally Disturbed students like I did (never did like the E.D. label), I would like to share a few lesson plan ideas that perhaps you can use in your own classroom.  One of the literary techniques that I wanted to introduce to my middle school students was the…