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Dr. Joanne Meier

Along with her background as a professor, researcher, writer, and teacher, Joanne Meier is a mom. Join Joanne every week as she shares her experiences raising her own young readers, and guides parents and teachers on the best practices in reading.

May 7, 2008

Teacher Appreciation week is May 4-10, and parents all over are scrambling to find something that expresses their gratitude. Below are five quick ways to say thanks to a teacher and help build literacy skills at the same time. Each idea is intentionally fairly easy and inexpensive — just pick your favorite! More >

April 29, 2008

My friends find it hard to believe, but our principal actually solicits input from parents about which classroom we'd like our children to be placed in next year. We're to avoid requesting a teacher by name but rather we should describe our child and his/her specific learning/social needs. That information is considered as they look to form next year's classes. More >

April 22, 2008

…how to make Anna's favorite lunch, she left me these directions, taped to the oven door handle. I particularly like step number 7: Serve and enjoy. More >

April 16, 2008

Around our town, parents of preschoolers are busy observing in classrooms and filling out lengthy application forms for next year's preschool. Most of our preschools have a $25–$40 application fee and waiting lists a mile long, so it's a process that many undertake cautiously and anxiously. More >

April 3, 2008

We're on spring break this week, but I thought I'd share a few of the books we'll be reading together during our road trip. I've blogged before about some of the terrific read alouds we have read, and my criteria for choosing them. The same ones apply for this list too. More >

April 2, 2008

I blogged about reading logs back in August, when Molly was just getting started with a daily homework assignment to read and respond every day after school. The title of that post, Reading Logs, Reading Blahs pretty much sums up the way I feel about reading logs. More >

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