Billy Goat Trail

The Billy Goat Trail is a hike we love to do multiple times each year. The hike follows the Potomac River right along the Stateline. In fact, even though you are in Maryland, you can see the visitors to the Great Falls Park on the Virginia side directly across the river and they’re even close …

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Open-mouthed Learning

The hungry baby birds are expecting their mother’s return. Did you know each bird needs at least 15 worms a day as they grow? On Mother’s Day, my neighbor offered to let us join him on his rounds for monitoring bluebird nests. My children were fascinated. We followed him around on his 40-minute walk to …

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We’ve Got This

We’ve Got This Edited by Eliza Hull This important book was on display at my local library. I’m so glad I picked it up!  I love the ideas.  This book isn’t like other parenting books.  This is a collection of essays by disabled parents that reveals they are masters at problem solving and have found …

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Blue Blind

For me, forsythia and daffodils are friendly reminders of the abundance of springtime.   Yellow feels so happy and cheerful.  I love spring in general, but yellow specifically, as a herald of growth and vitality. Imagine my disappointment when I learned last week that my child can’t see yellow.  At all.  Never in her life has …

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Sounding It Out

For five years now, we’ve been reading daily as a family in the Spanish language. Reading in Spanish is predictable; there are few exceptions. Though our accents aren’t perfect, at this point, we are all able to sound out any Spanish word. Learning to read Spanish is a huge help to all of us, but …

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Mrs. Zajac

Rules can be scary.  Rule enforcers can be scary.  Breaking rules can have big consequences. Compassion can motivate you to overcome obstacles. These mindsets are eloquently described by Tracy Kidder in his book, “Among Schoolchildren.” Mrs. Zajac seemed to have a frightening amount of energy. She strode across the room, her arms swinging high and …

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