We need a little Finnish Christmas

We need a little Finnish Christmas

We had a sweet visit with our Finnish “grandmother” today. She is truly an angel! She is either ninety or turning ninety this year, and she is just remarkable. She has aches and pains and challenges but doesn’t like to speak of them. She told…

The Trees of the Dancing Goats

The Trees of the Dancing Goats

(Reposted from years ago.) The Trees of the Dancing Goats by Patricia Polacco is not officially our family book club younger read for this month. (Our family book club younger read would be the whole shelf, basically. That’s what they do in December. They get the…

Give Them Wings to Fly, part 2: Nov.14 literacy meeting videos

Give Them Wings to Fly, part 2: Nov.14 literacy meeting videos

Last week we held a follow-up literacy meeting to the one in October. (Go here to learn about the impact parents and caregivers have on pre-emergent literacy skill development in children, which is to say how much parents affect their children’s brain development from age…

Give them wings to fly

Give them wings to fly

Yesterday I was in Costco in the cheese section, snatching up a sample of hummus and naan, when I overhead a young father singing to his baby in the car seat. I couldn’t resist: I had to compliment him on helping his child develop preemergent…

The Rewards of Literacy Span Generations

The Rewards of Literacy Span Generations

(This was a quilt that we made as a stake Relief Society for our new library in Riverton, Utah, about 20 years ago. In the bottom left-hand corner, my mom is reading to Sarah and Nathan.) Literacy is the ability to read and write. Those…