Making Memories This July 4th:

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Remember to not only make learning relevant, and  meaningful, but also memorable!  I absolutely love taking out my teaching materials and making holiday memories while we learn!  This 4th of July celebrate our “Independence” by sharing with your little ones some history.  Learning can be fun and something we do each day!

Here are some of our 4th of July activities:

  1. Using our hands to paint the “Old Glory.”
  2. Listening to patriotic music.
  3. Reading about the history of our nation and our flag.
  4. Attending a community firework display.

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Proverbs 6:12-19

One Writer’s Musings on Reading the Bible

Some time ago, I read of a woman who read through the Bible for each of her children, praying over each and writing notes as she read (Today’s Christian Woman). I loved that idea and took on that challenge.

What has happened as I have read?


So important! And books play a key part in showing kids all aspects discussed! #Parenting #Education #BooksForLearning

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For all of my parents and educators following my blog what are your thoughts on inclusion?  Inclusion is just that, including all students.  The actual percentages of students with disabilities that are taught in the mainstream classroom are over 95%.  These students are taught alongside regular education students.  While in the mainstream class students with disabilities are provided with special education services to meet their individual needs.

Although, you will have some students that will enter your classroom prepared you will also have many students that are not prepared or need extra assistance to be successful.  “The challenges presented by students who struggle to connect with curriculum learning in school constitute an issue that confronts education systems worldwide” (Wery, & Thomson, 2013, p.1).  Some of these students will be a year or more behind while others will be very advanced and need to be challenged.

I believe that by giving…

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Michigan Author & Editor Produces New Picture Book Project, ‘The Legend of the Fairy Stones’

Michigan Author & Editor Produces New Picture Book Project, ‘The Legend of the Fairy Stones’
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On Self-Promotion: Authors Are Their Best PR Reps…

Book marketing 101:

Book Lists

Compile book lists, including local schools and libraries, print newspapers and magazines, radio and television. Expand and update as you network, include bookstores, book reviewers, authors, editors, and publishers whose books you love. Even all those business cards you’ve collected from conferences over the years. Update contacts as you network. Post in your own platforms, even if only once weekly, and  your will gradually grow. And keep in mind, publishers don’t necessarily care about the numbers of followers, but more who your followers are, and those who you follow.

Writers, editors and journalists—those in the publishing industry, need to have a social media presence, even if that means stepping out of your comfort zone. Gradually, your contacts will continue to grow—and lead to opportunities like creation of  writers/critiques groups and support networks.





Legend of the Fairy Stones Review copies available via Morgan James:

Reading Rocks in Rockford 2019

 Local Author, Award-Winning Editor & Reviewer Kim Childress Among Guests Slated for Annual Event

 Michigan, April 2019: For the 11th year, Rockford celebrates Michigan authors and area readers! Author’s Row features over 30 authors and their publications, including award-winning editor, author, reviewer, and blogger, Kim Childress. Long-time Book Editor for Girls’ Life magazine and Product Developer specializing in children’s publishing, Kim will have books for kids of all ages for sale, including her latest project, The Legend of the Fairy Stones by Kelly White (Morgan James Publishing, April 2, 2019), and her book Find Your Future in Art (Cherry Lake Publishing, Aug. 2016).

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