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{sols} similar, but different

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"Similar, but different."

We have always said that about our twin daughters all their life (all four years of it!).  In so many ways, they are similar, yet they are still very different.  That's what I love about them.  They each have their own unique qualities that make them who they are.  I want them to be their own person.  We encourage them to be their own person.
This year we started swim lessons.  P. was terrified of the water.  M. wanted to jump right in.  P. is more comfortable in the water now, and M. is more careful (she's worried about swallowing water).  P. has taken a liking to swimming and is progressing in her lessons.  This week her swim teacher wanted her to use a lighter yellow flotation device.  M. enjoys lessons, but is still building her swimming muscle memory and strength.  She was sad when she couldn't use the same new yellow flotation device as her siste…

#cyberPD: Reading in the Wild - Part 3 Link-Up

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This summer a big (really BIG!) group of educators and wild readers are devouring Donalyn Miller's newest book.   I am participating and co-hosting this year's #cyberPD event about cultivating wild readers in our classrooms.  Please join us as we read and discuss online:
Reading in the Wild: 
The Book Whisperer's Keys to 
Cultivating Lifelong Reading Habits by Donalyn Miller with Susan Kelley
You can participate in the #cyberPD conversations this week too: Share your thinking on your blog about chapters 5 and the appendices.  Then share your specific url link right here at Literacy Learning Zone. Scroll to the bottom of this post and share your specific blog URL using the InLinkz link.No blog?  Leave your thoughts in the host's comment section on the blog.Easily read through a compilation of all the #cyberPD posts on the��������…

{sols} a chat + a book (or two)

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My parents live far away and they don't get to see my four year old girls very often.  Our lives are busy and we always seem to be on the go.  Trying to stay connected is always a challenge.

But I know they want to see the girls whenever or however they can.

One way we visit is through using Skype.  It's difficult finding the time some weeks.  It's hard to entice them to sit long enough to share a story.  But they haven't seen the girls since our Florida vacation in June.

Sunday after church we had time to visit with Grammy and Grampy.  I called first so they could set up their computer.  As we waited, I whispered about what we could talk about and share.  The girls settled onto two chairs with their baby dolls in hand.  I sat on the side, out of the picture.

The computer rang and I clicked the green video button.  We heard their voices before their faces popped up on the screen.

The…

#cyberPD: Reading in the Wild - Part 2

This summer a big (really BIG!) group of educators and wild readers are devouring Donalyn Miller's newest book.   I am participating and co-hosting this year's #cyberPD event about cultivating wild readers in our classrooms.  Please join us as we read and discuss online:
Reading in the Wild: 
The Book Whisperer's Keys 
to Cultivating Lifelong 
Reading Habits by Donalyn Miller with Susan Kelley
You can participate in the #cyberPD conversations this week too: Share your thinking on your blog about chapters 3 and 4.  Then share your specific url link on Laura's blog at Ruminate and InvigorateNo blog?  Leave your thoughts in the host's comment section on the blog.Easily read through a compilation of all the #cyberPD posts on the                     Reading in the Wild #cyberPD 2014 Jog the WebRead and leave a comment on at least 3 other participant blogs during the week.  This is what makes #cyberPD exponentially grow and we all learn more!Share thoughts on Twitter using the 

{sols} small moments

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I'm currently kind-of-stuck on this writing idea.  I think about it throughout the day with my girls.

I am noticing so much more.  Jotting down thoughts.  Scribbling on sticky notes.  Snapping quick pictures.  Trying to hold tight onto the words.

All to savor a memory, a small moment in my life, that is quickly passing:  I want to remember ...

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I want to remember ... our whole family curled up on the floor  hovering around our wedding album at bedtime on Saturday evening.  My hubby and I celebrated eleven years of marriage and thought it would be fun to show our girls when mommy and daddy got married.  They loved flipping through the thick pages and pointing and laughing and "Grammy! Grampy! Uncle Scottie! Nana! Papa!"

And then, in a very serious voice, P. asked, "But where is M. and P.?"

Then M. piped in, "Are we still in Mommy's tummy?"

I …

#cyberPD: Reading in the Wild - Part 1

This summer a big (really BIG!) group of educators and wild readers are devouring Donalyn Miller's newest book.   I am participating in and co-hosting this year's #cyberPD event about cultivating wild readers in our classrooms.  Please join us as we read and discuss online:

Reading in the Wild: The Book Whisperer's Keys to Cultivating Lifelong Reading Habits
by Donalyn Miller with Susan Kelley
You can participate in the #cyberPD conversations this week too:
Share your thinking on your blog about chapters 1 and 2.  Then share your specific url link on Cathy's blog at Reflect and Refine.No blog?  Leave your thoughts in the host's comment section on the blog.Easily read through a compilation of all the #cyberPD posts on the                     Reading in the Wild #cyberPD 2014 Jog the WebRead and leave a comment on at least 3 other participant blogs during the week.  This is what makes #cyberPD exponentially grow!Share thoughts on Twitter using the #cyberPD hashtag.Addit…