Why Children’s Books are my New Inspiration

As I’ve mentioned in past posts, I am in college pursuing a degree in elementary education. In pursuit of my major, I am required to take many different courses, one of which is a children’s literature course. I’ve been devouring children’s books that bring me back to my childhood and which have reminded me of the many quality lessons these books hold. I made a short list of some of the lessons I’ve deciphered and I hope it encourages you to pick up an old favorite and to cherish its quality and excellence. Enjoy!

1. Sometimes, it’s okay to be curious. (Curious George, H.A. Rey)

2. With time and perseverance, you’ll always end up where you belong. (Corduroy, Don Freeman)

3. Never take advantage of a good thing. (Miss Nelson is Missing, Harry Allard and James Marshall)

4. Love is eternal. (The Giving Tree, Shel Silverstein)

5. Beauty lives within. (The Rainbow Fish, Marcus Pfister)

6. Lend a helping hand when you can. (Make Way for Ducklings, Robert McCloskey)

The “Pros” and “Cons” of School

The start of another semester of college lends itself to being a consistent whirlwind, and as a result, my blog has sat untouched and neglected. In honor of the semester having officially begun, I’ve made a list of all of the things a new school year entails and I’m listing the pros and cons of each! Here we go!

1. The new school year means new classes.

Pro: New people and new, interesting information (hopefully!).

Con: Schoolwork and studying=social life killers!

2. New textbooks.

Pro: The smell of new books (Am I the only one that likes this, because if I am, this is really embarrassing!)

Con: The exorbitant cost incurred by having to get new textbooks.

3. Back to school parties.

Pro: It’s so much fun to be reunited with friends you haven’t seen all summer.

Con: I can’t think of any… can you?

4. Fall sports.

Pro: Lots of school spirit and lots of fun!

Con: The rare occasion when your team loses. 😦

5. Reunions with friends.

Pro: The whole gang is back together again!

Con: Um, nothing!!!

6. Being back in my apartment.

Pro: Being in my own space.

Con: The whole college food situation. I could really go for some home cookin’ by mom and dad!

Okay, so my list isn’t very extensive or very good, but, as timing would have it, I have to get back to my schoolwork! I’ll blog again as soon as possible!

Sarah’s Key

As we all find ourselves trying to escape the scorching summer heat, I’ve found myself enrapt by a book, Sarah’s Key, by Tatiana De Rosnay. While most of my girlfriends have headed toward the romance novel section of the bookstore, I’m addicted to this fictional tale that recounts a very dark time in the history of the human race. The book intertwines the story of the fate of a young French Jewish girl as well as other French Jews at the start of the Holocaust, with the story of a young American journalist living and working in present day France.

The Holocaust is widely chronicled, but the treatment of the Jews by the French during this time is not. Thousands of Jewish families were rounded up by French policemen, held in the Velodrome d’Hiver (a huge arena), and transported to concentration camps. Most of these French Jews were exterminated along with   millions of other Jews that perished in concentration camps. This novel is a gut-wrenching account of the French treatment of the Jews, an event that is unknown by many and that shames France.

Sarah’s Key has all of the marks of an excellent book- it entertains, informs, and captures and deserves unwavering attention from its reader. This book packs a powerful punch and I certainly recommend that you put this book on your list of future reads.

What’s Hot/ What’s Not: July 2011

WHAT’S HOT

 

Homemade everything- food, baked goods, crafts, and everything in between!

WHAT’S NOT

 

Rejecting creativity and originality.

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WHAT’S HOT

 

Weekend getaways!

WHAT’S NOT

 

Work that you can’t get away from!

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WHAT’S HOT

 

Self-imposed book challenges (I plan to read at least 10 books this summer!)!

WHAT’S NOT

 

Letting the dust collect on your bookshelf.

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WHAT’S HOT

 

Celebs that use their fame to support a cause. (All of the proceeds from Justin Bieber’s new scent, Someday, go to charity.)

WHAT’S NOT

 

Celebs that use their fame to support their bad habits.

 

 

 

 

 WHAT’S HOT

 

Frozen summer treats.

WHAT’S NOT

 

Hot winter drinks.

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WHAT’S HOT

 

Getting in the Fourth of July spirit!

WHAT’S NOT

 

Taking our independence for granted.

Summer Bucket List

In honor of the commencement of summer, I thought making a summer bucket list might be an exciting idea! I’m completely in favor of free and unstructured time, but there have been occasions when I’ve felt aimless or unproductive during the long summer months. I’m hoping this bucket list (and my job- yay!) helps combat that aimlessness I’ve previously felt.

My bucket list isn’t too comprehensive, yet; however, as the summer progresses I expect that it will evolve! I will be sure to keep you up-to-date with my progress!

My summer bucket list (not in any particular order):

  • Learn to play guitar.
  • Continue to work on and improve my new blog.
  • Become more adept in the kitchen.
  • Read at least ten books (The Help, Something Borrowed, Something Blue, Little Bee, and The Hunger Games are on my list as of now!)
  • Get a great tan.
  • Lose 20 pounds.
  • Get to the gym five days a week.
  • Play mini golf (I know it’s random!).

I know some of the goals on my summer bucket list are slightly ambitious; however, I think these goals will keep me busy this summer and abate any possibility of aimlessness. I can’t wait to get started!

What’s on your summer bucket list?