Everything is Awesome

By Michael Miller / It has been a bleak, ugly winter. Unrelenting snow has buried the region and cold temperatures have settled into bones like quiet termites eating into wood. The stream of snow emergencies and school closings has made it difficult to establish any new year rhythm. The horrific death of two Toledo firefighters,…

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Poetry Month – Part 2: Skills

By Sheila Wathen / I am continuing with a series on Poetry in celebration of National Poetry Month. Why is poetry great for young kids? One reason is because it helps develop something called “phonological awareness.”  This is the ability to listen for and identify the differences between various sounds that make up our language.…

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Poetry Month – Part 1: Challenge

By Sheila Wathen / April is National Poetry Month, and I’d like to start a series that talks about poetry for kids. Why? Well, read on. When my daughter was in third grade, she was required to memorize and recite a poem. When she first came home with the assignment, I was worried that she…

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Herb Cheese Quick Bread

By Sheila Wathen / I love the smell and taste of freshly-baked bread. While I am NOT very good at baking anything with yeast in it (let’s just say I am completely flummoxed by the whole process of getting yeast to do what it is supposed to do, plus I am too impatient for all…

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Flannel Fun

By Cathy Chesher / Anyone who has ever been to at least a few of my storytimes  knows that I like to incorporate flannelboard, or feltboard, activities in almost every storytime.  I might tell The Three Little Pigs, sing B-I-N-G-O, recite nursery rhymes like Jack and Jill or invite active participation by having children put…

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Just a Mom

By Rhaea Miller / A few weeks ago my second grader brought home a delightful little essay about what she wanted to be when she grew up.She said she wanted to be a veterinarian.She has been a wildcard her whole life, so the idea that she had aspirations beyond lying on the floor watching TV…

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Heroines for your daughters AND your sons

By Safca Frost / Our family’s interests include aviation, science, and reading. We love learning about ‘the greats’ and their lives and this includes some fascinating women. My children see little difference between the accomplishments of Amelia Earhart, for instance, and Charles Lindbergh. My son sees Amelia Earhart as a pilot and an adventurer who…

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Who is to Blame for ‘Dumb Dressing’?

By Rhaea Miller / Having entered that-which-is-ordinarily-a-spring month, I understand everyone’s excitement to get this winter over and done with.  We have been in a deep freeze for so long, my kids are all pretty sure we are never going to see grass again. That being said, there is a certain refined quality that comes…