Writing Concisely

  • November 22, 2014 8:31 am

Here’s a great example of writing concisely.10610480_10152614095831478_5247448529346732106_n

The monkey bars claimed another victim today…‪#‎raisingboys‬


Living or Non-Living

  • November 13, 2014 10:25 am

Sometimes we assume that young children have an understanding of things that we as adults consider elementary.

This week I substituted in a third grade class. The science assignment was to study two paintings and to list the things in the picture that are living and the things that are non-living. When I first read the assignment, I thought, how simple can it get. Was I surprised.

Many of the children struggled with the distinction between living and non-living. “Mrs. M., is sky living? Are clouds? They move.” “No, the sky and clouds are not living.” “Are mountains?” “Well, some of the things on the mountains are living, like bushes and grass, but mountains are basically rock and dirt. They aren’t living.” And so it continued.

The challenge is to make sure that children are not only understanding what you’re trying to say but are also not misunderstanding you.


  • November 7, 2014 2:23 pm

“Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try” – Dr. Seuss

Creative Halloween Costumes

  • October 31, 2014 4:45 pm

Happy Halloween. I subbed today at an elementary school. The kids were all so excited and looked fantastic in their Halloween costumes. I was especially drawn to the costumes that were obviously put together by creative families, using a minimum of materials. What fun it is to see what you can come up with out of what you have around the house.


  • October 24, 2014 11:17 am

Last Saturday my sweet daughter and her family invited me to go fishing with them. We spent the morning sitting in a boat in the middle of Payson Lake enjoying the beautiful fall day. It was so quiet, so peaceful, so relaxing. Whenever I think about it, I still get a warm fuzzy feeling.

I even achieved one of the items on my “bucket list.” I saw a bald eagle, flying across a backdrop of evergreen pine trees. Awesome!


Grandma Bubbles Books in Print

  • October 16, 2014 9:55 pm

From time to time I have people ask me how they can order Grandma Bubbles Books in printed book form. At this time, these books are only available in e-book format.

We realize that young children especially do well with having an actual book in their hands as they begin to read. Unfortunately, the cost of printing is prohibitive for us to print Grandma Bubbles Books at this time. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you.

Having said that, more and more people are using hand-held devices for their reading, organizing, and communicating needs. In turn, children are also turning to these devices. It is our hope that this rising generation will discover the wonder and magic of  learning to read with Grandma Bubbles Books on Kindles, tablets and the like.

Is there no end to creativity?

  • October 9, 2014 3:48 pm

As I surf through Pinterest and Etsy and other Internet sites, I am totally amazed at the clever ideas people come up with. Is there no end to cute new ideas for making Halloween costumes or decorating a cupcake? Is there no end to innovative ways of entertaining children…or teaching them? Will we ever run out of new songs or new books or new artwork or new inventions or new ways of doing things? Is it even possible to reach a point when all the possible combinations of keys on the piano or letters in the alphabet has been achieved? Will we ever be able to truthfully say that there’s nothing new to create?

Nope. I don’t think that will ever happen. Why? Because each individual who has ever lived, or who will yet live, is innately and uniquely creative.

That’s what makes creativity so magical. Even miraculous.


  • October 1, 2014 5:56 pm

Are children today so structured that they don’t have time to daydream? If so, what a pity.

And why is it when you get older you think there’s something wrong with daydreaming? I think daydreaming is a marvelous mini-vacation that we can take. It’s refreshing. It’s rejuvenating. What’s wrong with escaping from reality for a few minutes and letting our mind soar? It’s great for boosting creativity.

Write about a Special Day

  • September 27, 2014 8:02 am

Writing prompts are often used by school teachers in language arts classes. They can give a student a jump start in deciding what to write about. But sometimes the prompts don’t help much.

I was substituting in a third grade class and on the lesson plan that teacher had left instructions for the class to write about a special day they’d had.

Most students jumped right in and began writing away. A few gazed blankly, pencils limp.

One boy seemed especially perplexed. I stooped down and asked him to tell me about a special day that he’d had. He said he’d never had a special day. How about Christmas? I asked. Do you do anything special on Christmas? The boy shook his head. How about your birthday? What special things do you do on your birthday? Special food? Special…the boy again shook his head. He had the saddest look on his face. Haven’t you done something fun with your dad or mom or gone on a vacation? No.

I don’t think he ever got anything written down for that assignment.

How sad.

Playing Outdoors

  • September 20, 2014 10:55 am

I am often amazed to drive or walk through a neighborhood, even on a wonder-weather day, and not see a single child outside playing. It’s almost a lost art, it seems. Let’s encourage our children to spend time out in the fresh air. And if you really want to do them a favor, don’t provide a mountain of toys and pre-made playhouses and stuff. It might take them a while to figure it out, but you’ll be amazed–and they will too–at the things they come up with to amuse themselves.

Childhood 101 has a cool free printable poster that shows 101 ways to play outdoors. Check it out: