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Intelligence is Imagination, Not Knowledge

  • May 8, 2015 6:19 am

Intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.

~ Albert Einstein

I Love to Read

  • April 15, 2015 5:50 pm

Sometimes when I substitute teach, I play a little game with the students. I have them write down three things about themselves that they don’t think anyone in the class knows about them. Then I read the clues and the class tries to guess who the person is.

I did this with a third grade class this week. I was delighted that upon reading the clues for several of the students that they had all written: I love to read.


Enjoying Music from Other Lands

  • April 9, 2015 9:52 am

Music is enjoyed by people on every continent. Here’s a great website that introduces children to music around the world:

Learn about music and songs from other cultures. Discover how to make our own instruments. A fun, creative website to explore.

Friday Night at the Books

  • March 12, 2015 5:46 pm

When our kids were growing up, one of our family traditions was Friday Night at the Movies. On school nights we didn’t turn on movies (and we never watched TV–rotten reception), so by the time Friday night came we were eager to watch a good show.

I remember one Friday night the power went out. No movies. Bummer. Before any of us got too disappointed, however, we decided to have Friday Night at the Books. We read together by kerosene lamp. It was so cozy and fun.

Happy Birthday to Me

  • March 6, 2015 5:38 am

Today is my birthday. The first thing I did when I woke up was say my morning prayer…which has actually continued throughout the day. It is a prayer of thanks–all thanks, no asking, today. It’s been a good life–not always easy, but good. I’ve been thinking of the specific things for which I am grateful.

I thank my Heavenly Father today for books, for the ability to read. Think about the impact that the ability to read has had in your life! What an amazing miracle.

Love of Books

  • February 26, 2015 10:28 am

There are many little ways to enlarge your child’s world. Love of books is the best of all.

~ Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

We were watching a couple of our grandsons last week. I was working in the other room. It was quiet where they were–sometimes a dangerous sign. When I walked in, however, there was our 10-year-old grandson totally immersed in a book. I love that sight!


Thinking What No One Else Has Thought

  • January 22, 2015 7:33 pm

Creativity is seeing what everyone else has seen, and thinking what no one else has thought.

~ Albert Einstein


  • January 10, 2015 6:54 am

I’m a substitute teacher. Yesterday I subbed in a sixth grade class. When I was faced with the challenge of filling some extra time, I invited the students to play charades. We divided into groups of four and each group was instructed to pick one of their favorite books and then think of a way of acting it out so that the class could guess which book they had chosen.

The room erupted into enthusiastic chatting, giggles, shrieks and movement. It was delightful to watch them practicing their little acts–and then to watch the “performances.” Each person was involved and engaged. What fun!

Christmas is About People, not Things

  • December 20, 2014 9:04 am

The spirit of Christmas is the spirit of love and of generosity and of goodness. It illuminates the picture window of the soul, and we look out upon the world’s busy life and become more interested in people than in things.

~ Thomas S. Monson

Merry Christmas!

Muppets and Christmas

  • December 13, 2014 1:57 pm

Last night I went to a wonderful Christmas Concert at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City, at which the Sesame Street Muppets and Santino Fontana performed with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and the Orchestra at Temple Square. An audience of 21,000 people, including children ages 5 and up, were enchanted with the delightful and magnificent performance.

I was especially intrigued watching the little children, including my 7-year-old grandson, as they witnessed this magical performance. What a wonderful experience…to not only enjoy the fun of the Muppets and the wonderful dancers, the lights and decorations and special effects, but also to have a chance to listen to a full symphony orchestra and exceptional choir perform.

These are the kinds of experiences that help mold children…experiences they never ever forget.