This last week...
- The summer edition of Rhythm of the Home went live. Being that I work there now and all that, I figured it would probably be in good form to submit a piece for publication myself. Click here to view my article on self-evaluation for young writers and to download a handy little PDF file with a checklist that you can use at your house (or in your classroom if that's how you roll).
- Speaking of magazine launches, I've said it before and I'll say it again, your support for Alphabet Glue is amazing and humbling and I can't thank you enough. I can't believe that this project that I love so much is also getting so much love from so many cool and interesting people. Your emails about how Alphabet Glue is becoming a part of your family lives or classroom routines completely rock my socks. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
- On the kid front, results are back from Zak's blood work, and I think we have nailed down a couple of the big dietary no-nos for the little guy (which, since he is still nursing, actually mean no-nos for me...). In an effort to make light of an otherwise frustrating situation, because that is what I do, I'm offering a free copy of Volume Seven of Alphabet Glue to the first readers who can correctly guess what the mystery allergens are. At this point there are two confirmed and one potential. The confirmed ones are easy (and there is a big clue in the posts here on the blog from the last month or two). The third is weird and difficult to guess. Be the first to guess that one and I'll send you all seven issues of AG.
- I did an interview with Cassi from The Crafty Crow for the Rhythm of the Home blog this weekend. You should really pop over and take a look. She gave some very thoughtful answers to my questions, and even if I didn't already think she's totally the best (which I do), I would now.
- So many families signed up for the Read Aloud Book Along! The positive response has been fantastic and a bunch of you have already started reading. We have, and we are really enjoying the book so far. If you want to sign up, there is still plenty of time, I think. You have all month to read the book (or books since we've chosen two). Get the details here.
- Also on the kid front, we think that Mariam was getting a bit of gluten contamination in something that she had been eating during the week last week. By Thursday, she was pretty much in tears for hours at a time over essentially nothing. We thought that maybe she was just over tired, but then she started complaining of joint pain, which is always her telltale sign that she's gotten something she shouldn't have. I know how vigilant we need to be, I do, but sometimes I'm still caught off guard. Ah, the learning curve.