Monthly Archives: October 2012

Writing Wednesday: Does the apostrophe go before or after the ‘s’?

This is a common question/problem for my students. Even published authors bicker about the rules for apostrophes in forming possessive nouns. While the rules may vary from publisher to publisher, the classroom grammar books (assuming they are actually used–but don’t … Continue reading

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Monday Book Review: Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli

I was first introduced to Maniac Magee over ten years ago. A co-worker was reading it with the seventh graders. Since the book deals with prejudice, she decided to conduct a little experiment and asked me and the other teachers … Continue reading

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Writing Wednesday: Who vs Whom?

As requested by my good friend and fellow blogger Ginny Marie, today I’m discussing the difference between “who” and “whom.” First, the easy answer . . . Use who in place of he. Use whom in place of him. Now … Continue reading

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Monday Book Review: So B. It by Sarah Weeks

I had the pleasure of meeting Sarah Weeks when she visited one of my previous schools for an author visit. One particular part of her talk really made an impression on me. She was discussing rejection when she reached into … Continue reading

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Writing Wednesday: When do you put a comma before the word ‘and’?

Welcome to my first Writing Wednesday post! On Wednesdays, I’ll be talking all things writing, including grammar and lessons I cover with my students. As a writer, I belong to numerous online writing communities. This past week, a fellow writer … Continue reading

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Monday Book Review: Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

This website wouldn’t be authentic if my very first book review weren’t my favorite children’s book of all time. Title: Anne of Green Gables Author: L.M. Montgomery Age group: middle grade Genre: Historical (or at least, it’s history to us … Continue reading

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What’s the “Homeschool Mom Test”?

Starting tomorrow, it’s my plan to begin reviewing children’s books on Mondays. As part of my review, I’ll include a part called “Does it pass the ‘Homeschool Mom Test’?” Whenever I go to writer’s conferences, I tend to meet homeschooling … Continue reading

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A new website

After years of blogging about baking, it’s time I started a real website. So far, I’ve spent a lot of time banging my head against the wall. Come back soon to see if I’ve survived the process of building a … Continue reading

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