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Lisa's Friday Reviews: Read Aloud: Books prescribed to prevent summer slide.

Summer is not over yet, but it sure is getting close. Not too close to disregard a little reading, though. According to Jim Trelease, reading godfather to the West Virginia Read Aloud program, 1,600 sixth-graders in 18 schools across the state show that by reading four to six chapter books over the summer is enough to alleviate summer loss in reading ability. When school resumes in a few weeks, teachers will typically spend an estimated four to six weeks re-teaching material that students have forgotten over their time outside the classroom. As a former public school educator, I can attest to that. So, please take the time over these last days of summer vacation to play catch up. Encourage your children to READ!

Books prescribed to prevent summer slide:


Pre-Kindergarten Tree: a Peek-Through Picture Book by Britta Teckentrup “A book with peek-through holes that let a child view the changes in a tree throughout the four seasons”





Bear’s Big Day by Salina Yoon Bear, feeling very grown-up, says …

Lisa's Friday Reviews: Read Aloud: Books prescribed to prevent summer slide.

Summer is not over yet, but it sure is getting close. Not too close to disregard a little reading, though. According to Jim Trelease, reading godfather to the West Virginia Read Aloud program, 1,600 sixth-graders in 18 schools across the state show that by reading four to six chapter books over the summer is enough to alleviate summer loss in reading ability. When school resumes in a few weeks, teachers will typically spend an estimated four to six weeks re-teaching material that students have forgotten over their time outside the classroom. As a former public school educator, I can attest to that. So, please take the time over these last days of summer vacation to play catch up. Encourage your children to READ!

Books prescribed to prevent summer slide:


Pre-Kindergarten Tree: a Peek-Through Picture Book by Britta Teckentrup “A book with peek-through holes that let a child view the changes in a tree throughout the four seasons”





Bear’s Big Day by Salina Yoon Bear, feeling very grown-up, say…

Friday Review: A journey from innocence to innocence.

It has been a very busy week as far as my personal reading goes. No, I do NOT just lounge around the house with a book in my hand (well, maybe); but the weather has kind of forced me inside. That ol' pal MS does NOT like heat and it has been in the 90's all week. So...enjoy the fruits of my laborious life.







The year William Bur celebrates his eighteenth year, he is full of realizations concerning his life, mainly that his future is one, enormous pit of uncertainty. While the rest of his friends, affectionately known as the “Group of Seven”, seem to have their futures well-organized and are awaiting transport into their new lives, Wil remains unsure of his purpose. Regardless of purpose, Wendy, Colin, Manjula, Victoria, Lesley, and Jed have all verbalized post-graduation plans along with a very real sense of anxiety. College, jobs, and change surround the “Group of Seven”, .leaving each of them alone in their thoughts regarding adult-hood. Each friend carries his or her own secre…

Friday Review: A journey from innocence to innocence.

It has been a very busy week as far as my personal reading goes. No, I do NOT just lounge around the house with a book in my hand (well, maybe); but the weather has kind of forced me inside. That ol' pal MS does NOT like heat and it has been in the 90's all week. So...enjoy the fruits of my laborious life.







The year William Bur celebrates his eighteenth year, he is full of realizations concerning his life, mainly that his future is one, enormous pit of uncertainty. While the rest of his friends, affectionately known as the “Group of Seven”, seem to have their futures well-organized and are awaiting transport into their new lives, Wil remains unsure of his purpose. Regardless of purpose, Wendy, Colin, Manjula, Victoria, Lesley, and Jed have all verbalized post-graduation plans along with a very real sense of anxiety. College, jobs, and change surround the “Group of Seven”, .leaving each of them alone in their thoughts regarding adult-hood. Each friend carries his or her own secr…

Lisa's Friday Review

https://www.amazon.com/Winds-Skilak-Survival-Alaskan-Wilderness-ebook/dp/B00JQQ1QQ6/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=14892


When Bonnie agrees to follow husband Sam's dream of selling all their possessions and moving the wilderness of Alaska, she realizes that one man's dream is possibly this woman's nightmare. While looking for land to purchase, Sam and Bonnie feel more like they are on a permanent camping trip than on the cusp of planting their marital roots. Cut off from most outside influences, Bonnie learns to cope with no electric, running water, and oft times no social interaction. She covets the rare journey from the log cabin she and Sam built themselves across wicked Skilak Lake to visit the post office for news from family back home. Ultimately, Bonnie comes to realize that the combination of friends and memories, the hard work and sacrifices, are equivalent to the true meaning of home. 

Winds of Skilak is that book that you never want to end, but that c…

Lisa's Friday Review

https://www.amazon.com/Winds-Skilak-Survival-Alaskan-Wilderness-ebook/dp/B00JQQ1QQ6/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=14892


When Bonnie agrees to follow husband Sam's dream of selling all their possessions and moving the wilderness of Alaska, she realizes that one man's dream is possibly this woman's nightmare. While looking for land to purchase, Sam and Bonnie feel more like they are on a permanent camping trip than on the cusp of planting their marital roots. Cut off from most outside influences, Bonnie learns to cope with no electric, running water, and oft times no social interaction. She covets the rare journey from the log cabin she and Sam built themselves across wicked Skilak Lake to visit the post office for news from family back home. Ultimately, Bonnie comes to realize that the combination of friends and memories, the hard work and sacrifices, are equivalent to the true meaning of home. 

Winds of Skilak is that book that you never want to end, but that c…

Visit ‘MS House’ to get a better perspective of living with MS.

I haven't written much about MS lately. Mainly because writing book reviews is SO much more fun than thinking about multiple sclerosis. But, this article caught my eye and is well-worth sharing. I haven't written much about MS lately. Mainly because writing book reviews is SO much more fun than thinking about multiple sclerosis. But, this article caught my eye and is well-worth sharing. A few months ago, I wrote about a bicycle that mimics the symptoms of multiple sclerosis. Now, I’ve discovered that there’s an “MS House” that allows a healthy person to experience some of what life is like for someone who lives with MS.
People walking through the MS House will be able to see and feel things from a different, and often difficult, perspective. For a short while, as they walk through guided by headset audio, they can better understand what multiple sclerosis is all about. The living room
(Photo by Andreea Antonovici)
A TV displaying half-definition pictures is used to illustrate vision…