Thursday, June 1, 2017

Summertime, Lemonade and a Give-Away

Summertime and lemonade just go together, don’t they? So cool and refreshing!  

Did you ever sell that luscious lemon drink in a lemonade stand?  If so, you could have benefited from reading this book first: The Lemonade Stand Cookbook by Kathy Strahs.

Everything you need to know to have a great lemonade stand is explained in this book.  From a table to cups and straws to a trash can and a money pouch, the author covers it all.  She tells you how to price your items, how to advertise for the big event, and how to be safe.  Stahs even encourages you to check into the legal requirements in your local area since some towns require permits.  

The book contains 13 different recipes for slaking your customers' thirsts, everything from classic lemonade to teas and smoothies.  There are step-by-step illustrated instructions and charts to show how to make larger amounts of each recipe.  Lots of tips are tucked in throughout the book, such as the best ways to squeeze lemons and how an enthusiastic entrepreneur can decorate the cups.

Strahs includes more recipes for making sweet treats and snacks to sell with the delicious drinks.  She even includes a section on kid-friendly crafts to offer as well.


I love the many color photos she includes throughout the book of children who have tried out the recipes and craft projects in their own lemonade stands.  She includes quotes of their reactions to their experience.


This easy-to-follow book would make a wonderful gift for anyone in the range of 8-12 years.   Try out some sample recipes from the author has included in this book at


Now for the Give-Away:  an autographed copy of this book!!


If you are a Wagoneer (follower of my blog) and would like to be in the drawing for this book, leave a comment telling me if you ever had a lemonade stand when you were young.  If you did, what were some of your memories?


If you're not a Wagoneer, just click on the box on the left side of my blog that says "Follow me on bloglovin."  Then leave your comment.   I will draw the winner and announce it on Sunday, June 4.  


Now aren't you thirsty for a cold glass of lemonade?


Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Peaceful Playground

I never have posted pictures of our fabulous playground.  Now that school has been out for a full week, it's getting a breather from intense usage that has been going on since it was installed.  Through the summer, though, it won't be idle.  The community uses it for a park.

They didn't finish our playground until January.  Boy, were we ready for it.  We had been using the "dog pen," as I called it that was across the street behind our building.  They put up chainlink fence around the area last year while our new building was being constructed on the playground in front of our old building.  There wasn't much to play with.





You can see why we (kids & teachers) were so excited to finally get the new playground. On the east end is a covered area with three picnic tables and plenty of space to play in the shade.

A small grassy play area is on the left of the pavilion.

Padding is underneath the artificial turf and the blue "stream" in the equipment area.  


Several different climbing toys connect the two big slide areas.

The ramp at left connects to a slide.
Kids can slide down the pole at the left .










The slide's rollers give a different sensory experience.


Here's a better view of the climbing toys.







A walking track surround the equipment area.  I've been told ten laps around equals a mile.  Most days on playground duty I could get in a mile while  watching the kids.

 The swings can seat several kids.  The  "pushers" stand at the ends and hang on to       the ropes.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Happy Birthday, TSG!

Let's honor today's birthday boy, Theodore Seuss Geisel, who was born in 1904in Springfield, Massachusetts.  He would have been 113 years old today if he were still alive!

For some of his books he used pen names: Theo LeSieg, Rosetta Stone, and Theophrastus Seuss.

Dr. Seuss wrote and illustrated `60 children's books.  His first book,
And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street, was rejected by publishers 27 times.


Seuss was his mother's maiden name.  It was originally pronounced "zois."

After college he went to work as an illustrator for a couple of magazines, The Saturday Evening Post and Judge.  Then he was an illustrator for Standard Oil company for 15 years. Then Viking Press offered him a contract to illustrate a children's collection called Boners. All this happened before he ever wrote and illustrated his own books.

The Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden is in Springfield, Massachusetts.  Can you name these Dr. Seuss characters?

Theodor Seuss Geisel, best known as Dr. Seuss, died on September 24, 1991, at the age of 87, in La Jolla, California.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Lloyd Alexander

Happy birthday, Lloyd Alexander!


High fantasy lovers will enjoy delving into Alexander's five-book series, the Chronicles of Prydain or the Prydain Cycle.  These exciting books appeal more to fourth grades and up.  


Born in Pennsylvania on January 30, 1924, Alexander became a prolific write of about 40 books, most of them fantasies for children.  Among his book awards he won the Newbery Award for The High King in 1969 and the National Book Award for The Marvelous Misadventures of Sebastian in 1971, and again in 1982 for Westmark.  He passed away on May 17, 2007 in Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania, at age 83.


I read The High King, the final book in his Chronicles, to my fourth graders many years ago. The book kept them on the edge of their seats.  There are many characters, so I kept a chart of them to help us keep them straight, adding to it each time a new character was introduced.  This is one of the most suspenseful books I've read.  On this site there is a pronunciation chart of the names and additional interesting information.  


The names in the Chronicles of Prydain books are Welsh, so they doesn't make an easy read for a child without strong reading skills.  However, these books are great for reading aloud. If you haven't experienced Lloyd Alexander's writing, I urge you to do so.

Take a visit to Alexander's home, see some delightful photographs of him through the years, and hear him tell about himself and his writing in this wonderful three-part Youtube video