If you’re a parent and … your child wants to see the world

Posted by on May 7, 2015.

I came home from my term abroad with rolls and rolls of undeveloped film. The excitement of seeing the real photos months later inspired me to document my adventures in scrapbooks. I very rarely looked at the books again…until my daughter’s increasing reading habit prompted the albums’ resurgence (for better or worse).

Sustaining Momentum through Creativity

Posted by on May 1, 2015.

What do skiing, books, and microcontrollers all have in common?

The CLiF Community Literacy Conference, of course!

In all honesty, the skiing was only a background as attendees sat slopeside in the conference room at The Mountain Club on Loon. While the spring skiers glided past the window, teachers, principals, librarians, and other eager past, present, and future participants in the CLiF Year of the Book (YOB) grant shared ideas on how to make CLiF programming efficient, effective, and sustainable.

If you’re a parent and…you’ve got a slugger

Posted by on April 23, 2015.

Well, maybe not a “slugger.” More like a clunker.

His pitching is anything but fast, his tiny hands can barely close his glove, let alone catch with it, and he usually forgets to run the bases when his bat finally makes contact with the ball.

If you’re a parent and… you’re planning a book-themed birthday party

Posted by on April 3, 2015.

In February, my family took my six-year-old to a Friend-a-Versary at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. For the younger set, this is a dream come true – a day of face painting, tattoos, open spaces with kids running everywhere, a visit with Elephant and Piggie and free E&P books (donated by CLiF partners First Book) plus art projects, scavenger hunts, and famous illustrators reading from their books.

If you are a parent and… your child learns to read

Posted by on March 23, 2015.

Little boy with dinosaur book

I’ll be honest – I burst into tears.

At first I didn’t believe it. Emmett’s friend (who is nine) had been sitting with him looking at a book when she alerted me: Emmett can read. I said, “What?! Really? Are you sure?”

“Watch,” was her response.

If you are a parent and… every day is Thanksgiving

Posted by on November 25, 2014.

Awesome Book of Thanks

As parents we often exhaust ourselves prodding our kids to use their manners:

“Remember to say please.”

“How do you ask nicely?”

“What’s the magic word?”

“What do you say now?”

We want them to be polite, appreciative, socially appropriate beings, and sometimes forcing them to use manners doesn’t feel like the most effective or authentic way to do it.

If you’re a parent and… you need inspiration to inspire

Posted by on November 5, 2014.

Children and bus driver

I went to the Vermont AfterSchool Conference on October 24 where I was inspired by the variety of programming available for out-of-school-time programs. Surprisingly, I was even more inspired by the keynote speakers.

The conference kicked off with Rebecca Holcombe, Vermont Agency of Education Director, sharing her four key values: show passion, create partnerships, be innovative, and be humble.

If you’re a parent and… you dread the 28-part nonfiction series

Posted by on October 2, 2014.

Sarah Stewart Taylor, a CLiF presenter and author, interviewed CLiF’s founder and executive director Duncan McDougall for a recent parenting piece. Sarah summarizes the aspects of reading supported by our programs – relaxing and enjoying the moment, modeling by reading yourself, repeating books, and letting kids choose.

If you’re a parent and… your toddler is toying with naughty words

Posted by on July 23, 2014.

The Very Inappropriate Word by Jim Tobin

…then you are quite familiar with “the look.

It’s no longer the oblivious, “Gee, climbing on top of the couch is such fun!” expression. At least that one carried pure ignorance to the actual danger or unlawfulness of the behavior.

No, this “look” is a new level of testing, of pushing boundaries of which he is well aware.