A Reluctant Reader


Hmmm… What would you do with a reluctant reader? Have you ever had a child come up to you and say I can’t read? As a former teacher, I have heard that word many times, CAN’T ! “I can’t tie my shoes, I can’t zip my coat, I can’t clean up my mess, and I can’t read!” In my home and classroom, CAN’T was not allowed to be said. Instead have your child repeat this: “I can do it!” “I will do it!” “I did it!” Here are some positive steps I have used:

Find their interests:

  1. hobby
  2. sports
  3. animal stories
  4. historical events

Be a role model:

  1. read to your child daily or before bedtime
  2. read with your child once a week
  3. create a special time for all family members to read and nothing else

Take a trip to your public library:

  1. go to a library puppet show
  2. go to library story hour
  3. create a library scavenger hunt
  4. choose a topic to explore at the public library

Reading in the kitchen:

  1. ask your child to read a recipe for you
  2. let your child find the correct measuring spoon or cup
  3. with supervision, let your child turn the knob on the oven to the correct setting

Reading at the grocery store:

  1. let your child read the grocery list to you
  2. let your child read labels
  3. let your child find the correct food aisle or price for an item

Reading on a car trip:

  1. play “I Spy”
  2. look for certain signs
  3. let children read letters on car license plates/ stores

Most importantly, let your child discover, “Everywhere you look is reading!” I would like to invite you to share your ideas for teaching children to enjoy reading. What would you say or do with a reluctant reader?

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Teacher Appreciation Week


It’s easy to forget to say thank you to the teacher each day you pick up our child. I know, because sometimes I forget in the hustle and bustle of life. My daughter will tell me the cutest things her teacher does for her students throughout the week. Addy tells everyone, “My teacher is so smart and sweet.” And she is. She loves teaching and we are blessed to have them. So this week, I said “Thanks!” to our teachers and I want to share a couple of the Thank You tags I created. So if you are blessed to have the amazing teacher’s like my kids have, I hope you can use the tags the next time you say thanks, beacuase we all need to do it a little more often.

“I have come to believe that a great teacher is a great artist and that there are as few as there are any other great artists. Teaching might even be the greatest of the arts since the medium is the human mind and spirit.” –John Steinbeck

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Hug-A-Bug’s Bucket List


Remember when we had Drive-In Theatres with metal car speakers that were hooked on to posts, eating fresh popped, buttery popcorn and drinking ice cold soft drinks, sitting in our car watching a movie at a Drive-In. Well, they are back!

I am so excited! I found the coolest town in Texas that has them. Can you guess where it is? If you guessed Ennis, Texas, you are right. The Galaxy Drive-In has not just one movie screen, but six screens! How cool is that!

A few months ago Hug-A-Bug and I were traveling on Highway 45 and we ran into a sign “Galaxy Drive-In.” I looked again and sure enough it listed present movies. I could not believe my eyes, a real Drive-In! I told Hug-A-Bug and my husband that we must go there. Poor underpriviledged Hug-A-Bug has never been to a Drive-In theater.

To give you a little background the drive-in I am talking about is located at Ennis, Texas. The place opened in 2003 with three movie screens and kept expanding and now has “six screens.” Can you believe it! Six movie screens and two snack bars! Also, converted from film to digital and for 3-D movies! The theatre is open seven nights a week starting at dusk. Wait a minute, there is more! The movie tickets are $6.00 for ages 12 and up and only $3.00 for kids each. You can’t beat that price!

This is a must for Hug-A-Bug to check off on his bucket list! What new or old places are on your Bucket List? Please feel free to share!

You can visit Galaxy Drive-In at 5301 N Interstate Highway 45, Ennis, Texas 75119. Go to

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