Your Summer Reading List Part 1

Who’s looking forward to some reading in the sunshine this summer? Whether it’s your back deck, a local park, the cottage, the pool or an international destination (hey, even just those few minutes when the kids are in bed and you can squeeze it in before your eyes close), I’ve got you covered for reading […] Read more…

Chapter Book Read-Alouds for Kindergarten

Updated June 2022 Over the last few years as I’ve learned about evidence-based reading instruction, something I’ve seen over and over is the importance of vocabulary and content knowledge. With kindergarten kids, this isn’t something they can independently get from their reading material (while “The cat sits” is fantastic for decoding practice it’s a teeny […] Read more…

Right To Read Initiative: My Two Webinars

I was thrilled to be invited to chat with Kathryn Garforth from Right To Read Initiative not once, but twice this past week. In the first video, A Journey to the Science of Reading, I talk about my teaching background, the ineffective practices I was using before, my deep dive into the science of reading, […] Read more…

Your Winter Reading List Part 2

Curl up with one of these great reads! (And remember, I share my recommended books as soon as I finish them over on Instagram!) Suspense/Thriller/Mystery Rock Paper Scissors by Alice Feeney People Like Them by Samira Sedira Little Disasters by Sarah Vaughan Dark Roads by Chevy Stevens The Perfect Ruin by Shanora Williams The Maid […] Read more…

My (Almost) Dry 2021 – A Reflection

I started 2021 with dry January and kept on going…all the way to December 8th, when I enjoyed a couple of Smirnoff Ice with colleagues at our Christmas social, but with no plans to drink again in the near future. I’m not looking for any accolades because to be honest, it wasn’t hard. I’ve never […] Read more…

My Favourite Books of 2021

There are 105 books on this list, and believe it or not I read many more that didn’t make the cut (the whole theme of “This Mom Loves” is recommending the things I actually like). I do want to explain for anyone new here (currently asking themselves how the h%&# I had time to read […] Read more…

My 30 Day Plank Challenge

Exercise has a huge impact on both my physical and mental health. I’ve taken a brisk walk almost every day for the last 16 years (at my treadmill desk, around my classroom or school gym or outside strictly between the months of June and September), which works well for me. I also know, however, especially […] Read more…

Your Winter Reading List

My latest recommendations! As you can see my reading time has gone down as I have recovered and returned to work and the world is reopening – but I still have some great titles to share. These would be great gifts or just additions to your own reading lists! Suspense/Thriller No Bad Deed by Heather […] Read more…

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