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{Today is the Day} #sol15

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Today is the day --
I wake up early and feel my heart
thump thump thump in my chest.

Today is the day --
I am full of excitement, wonder, and fear ...
wondering if you are feeling the same.

Today is the day --
I squat down to look into your sparkling eyes
imagining this first day from your perspective.
Today is the day -- I brush your hair to the side, rub your soft cheek,
and wonder how this day came so quickly.
Today is the day -- I give you the BIGGEST hug and kiss
to remind you that I am so proud of you.
Today is the day -- I pray over you, your safety, your teacher,
your open minds to continue to learn and grow and blossom.
Today is the day -- I give you three squeezes of your hand
to tell you again that I love you.
Today is the day --
You squeezed my hand five times in return
to tell me our "I love you so much" secret messa…

{summer learning} #sol15

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I love summer learning.

I'm reading lots of picture books with my girls.
I read two real big people books.
I have read and dipped my fingers in many PD books.
I've read a generous amount of articles and blog posts from educators I respect.
I've conversed with many educators on Twitter and participated in a handful of chats.
I attended ILA in St. Louis and also attended a four day interactive webinar last week.
I've even participated in a Voxer PD group and started another group to continue our learning.

It's been a full summer of learning and I love it.  To help keep all my learning, ideas, thoughts, suggestions and so on, I have several learning notebooks around ... I use various symbols to highlight and code my notes, like stars, hearts, dashes and arrows.

One of my daughters took notice and questioned me abou…

{a love letter} #sol15

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August 10th is a big day.  It's the day of sharing lists of your ten favorite picture books.

August 25th is also a big day.  It's the day my two girls start kindergarten.

I've been thinking a lot about both ... and then it hit me.


My #pb10for10 book theme was "I wish you ..."  I thought about all that I wished for my girls as they begin this special journey this year in kindergarten and connected the wish to a picture book.

And the words just poured from my heart ...

I shared my picture book list yesterday and I want to thank Susan for making this connection for me:



Here is my love letter to my daughters and all that I wish:  

{I WISH YOU} #pb10for10

{I WISH YOU ... } #pb10for10

{a whole new world} #sol15

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I've been thinking a lot lately about this whole new world we will be entering in a short couple of weeks.  My daughters will begin their schooling educational journey this fall as they begin kindergarten.  I'm thinking more and more about school from a parent perspective, and I have come to realize that I have high expectations accompanied by many wonders.

I wonder if they will love their time at their new school.  Not just like it.  But LOVE it.  Kindergarten should be magical and fun with continuous opportunities to learn and grow.  School should inhale the dreams of all children and exhale all the possibilities of life.

I wonder if they will continue to love books.  Will they continue to look at books as a new world of wonder?  Will they continue to intensely look at each page thinking about the characters as friends?  I wonde…