An Extraordinary Man: A Dedicated School Volunteer
I want to tell you about an extraordinary man. His name is Fred and he won’t tell me how old he is.  I know about him because he writes passionate emails to me every week about the children and schools he is helping.  This is the story of a superhero, an amazing school volunteer. Fred is a retired...
Federal Report Card Shows Failing Grades
The following statistics are taken from www.ed.gov,  the federal department of education site.  I thought it might be eye-opening to see how far we till have to go in teaching reading and writing.  Although these statistics are depressing, it is necessary to keep a goal in mind.  Our educational...
Hey Mom! I Spell Better When I Type!
We were on port tack in the middle of the Atlantic, moving fairly smoothly toward landfall in the Azores. Our family of four was on the way from New Orleans to West Africa in our 31 foot sloop.  After some rough days, it was a relief to keep my food down and enjoy being at the helm. Melissa, 11, was...
Losing Cursive?
A recent article in Education Week bemoans the fact that students are using cursive less and less, and in some cases, do not know how to read cursive. They still seem to do pretty well at printing, and reading what someone else has printed.  Interesting! My daughter is a calligrapher and loves forming...
The Power and Importance of Literacy
Things People Have Said to Me That Changed My Life Pilgrim’s Rest, Mississippi, 1965 “First, I’m gonna learn to read and write.  Then I’m goin’ home an’ teach my daddy!” She was sitting alone on one of the church benches, watching some other five year olds play with the rocking...
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