Wednesday, June 23, 2010


Hours spent researching and writing my master's paper so far:
well over 250

You may have tangible wealth untold:
Caskets of jewels and coffers of gold.
Richer than I you can never be-
I had a mother who read to me.

-Strickland Gillilan

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

bolg psot

I’ve seen this paragraph before, but recently saw it again while doing research for my paper. I think it is really interesting!

Aoccdrnig to rscheearch at an Elingsh uinervtisy, it deosn’t mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoetnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteers are in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a toatl mses but you can sitll raed it wouthit a porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae we don’t raed ervey lteter but the wrod as a wlohe. So, hey, waht deos tihs say abuot the improtnace of phnoics* in raeidng? Prorbalby taht phicnos ins’t vrey imoptrnat at all. How apcoltapyic is taht, in the cuerrnt licetary wras!

*For the record, I am a firm believer in a balanced approach to literacy—both phonics and whole language!

How'd you do?

Friday, June 11, 2010


While sending off pictures of our Literacy Fair to my professor, I came across this picture today.

A friend of mine had to come into our class to give a multicultural lesson for one of our graduate school requirements. For her lesson she read them the book, The Keeping Quilt and had them draw pictures of their favorite animals (it related, I promise). She came back a few weeks later and presented our class with a copy of the book and this amazing quilt made up of drawings of their favorite animals. The white squares (which you really can’t see) are their pictures.

They LOVED it!

ps. I really do miss these little ones!

Thursday, June 10, 2010


I saw this quote today and thought it summed up exactly how I'm feeling right now. I've always had a plan for my life. A way I wanted it to go. But somehow that plan kept getting altered, changed, destroyed... And so I created new plans, only to have the same thing happen. Now I no longer have a plan. And yes, I am completely confused and at times frustrated with not knowing what will happen. But, I’m living my life in the way I believe is right, doing the best I can, and will plan on whatever is waiting for me.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010


Welcome to the world
Augustus Jack Van Orman

My brother Jordan, and his wife Cydney, had their baby boy last week.
Isn't he just the cutest?
My family makes cute cute babies!