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Kate Russell

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Tips for teaching the alphabet to preschoolers

Teaching the alphabet to preschoolers can be a lot of fun. Preschool-aged children love games, songs, and rhymes. Their natural playfulness is the best tool for encouraging the practice needed to master these skills.  Teaching the alphabet to a preschooler... Continue Reading →

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Tips for teaching phonics to kids

Young children are able to learn a language far more easily than adults. From birth to 10 years of age, children are highly receptive to letter and word sounds, as well as sentence structure, grammar and syntax. As they get... Continue Reading →

Primal Urges

Plodding, tripping, or weighing heavily Time will have its way Compelling us forward in its wake Dragging us along in an undertow So late in the game I am surprised to feel its spur Why this urge to nest, to... Continue Reading →

Too Much, Too Fast

In 2010, a car plowed through my neighbor’s house. In 2012, on Thanksgiving, our car was sideswiped by a hit-and-run driver. July 2016, a car hit our house. It destroyed our hedges and fence, bouncing off the house just above... Continue Reading →

Creative Teaching Tools

The most basic creative teaching tool is a teacher's freedom to move away from standardized curriculum while staying focused on academic objectives. There is no one teaching or testing method that works well for every student. Children with the same... Continue Reading →

Make Your Joy Be Heard

Scrawled across the foggy hotel mirror, those words have altered the journey of my life. Forever. I wrote them as inspiration to myself and my two roommates on the morning of my first barbershop chorus competition. Singing has always been... Continue Reading →

My Fan Club

How big is my fan club? As little girls and boys, we had heroes, icons of theater, music, sports, or anything else that caught our eye. It became something we measured ourselves against and by. Holly Hobby Fan Club Kits... Continue Reading →

Mimosa Monday

Apparently, mid-February is a good time for a mimosa brunch. With most of our friends being older and less excitable over Valentine’s Day propaganda, the day off work provided by past presidents serves as well as any to bring friends... Continue Reading →

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