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How To Help Children Become Independent Readers

Choice 'Independent reading, both at school and at home, builds successful readers. What’s more, the research shows that giving our students a say in what they read is key. And from our experience, we also know frequent reading leads to becoming a proficient reader, which helps a child thrive personally and academically.'https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2015/03/09/how-to-get-kids-to-read-independently/ Back in October… Continue reading How To Help Children Become Independent Readers

When will it all stop?

This broke my heart but gives me hope too.

Ann Gerety Smyth

My baby girl cried herself to sleep last night. I held her as she spoke of all her fears and her observations of the the world we live in.

She sobbed as she talked of how we are killing each other and the world and kept asking

“What is wrong with us?”

She talked of how we hurt each other, animals, the rivers land and sea, the very air we breathe, the little babies dying, she talked of all the hunger in the greed.

“When will it all stop?”

“Will it only end when humans have destroyed everything and everyone? The world must hate us so much. We hurt her so much. She is in so much pain. It hurts so much.”

Her sob hurt me.

“This is why God doesn’t answer any prayers anymore, because we are just horrible.”

I held her tighter.

I let her download all her…

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Let Your Writing Flow

Killukin Cascade Waterfalls, Co. Roscommon, Ireland. Photo by Eileen Moynihan Undamming Our Blockages To Creative Flow Mary E. Knippel, gives some great tips of how to get those creative juices flowing in a guest post on Nina Amir's blog- Write Nonfiction Now ...https://writenonfictionnow.com/5-ways-to-tap-into-your-creativity-and-let-your-writing-flow/ Prime your pump – 'Warm up to set the stage for the main… Continue reading Let Your Writing Flow

The Importance Of Poetry For Children

'Giving children access to a wide variety of poetry experiences is essential. Ithas long been accepted practice that children's own writing should be interleavedwith their reading of poetry. There are dangers of falling into habitual-teachingpatterns here and 'creative writing' is both an uncomfortable phrase and an easyvictim. Yet, in recent years, there have been many… Continue reading The Importance Of Poetry For Children

Finding Nature: Identifying flowers, plants and trees

Also see at /https://eileenmoynihan.wordpress.com/kids-and-teens-fan-club/ This time of year is my favourite time of the year, when nature is bursting out everywhere, bringing colour, joy and hope to all. I love finding out about flowers, trees, plants, insects, birds or animals I don't recognize. I want to find out their names, their habits, their special differences.… Continue reading Finding Nature: Identifying flowers, plants and trees

New Directions: Maps and Journeys – Poetry Day Ireland 2021

'This year’s Poetry Day theme is New Directions: Maps and Journeys. Now in its seventh year, this day-long annual celebration of the crafted word, spoken and written, is presented by Poetry Ireland in partnership with poetry lovers the length and breadth of the country.   In line with current restrictions, everyone is encouraged to take part in… Continue reading New Directions: Maps and Journeys – Poetry Day Ireland 2021

‘…And Where Do You Get Your Ideas From?’ The inevitable question for writers?

An idea can come in many forms. It can be an inkling, a notion, a concept, a feeling, a thought, an understanding, a hint, a picture, an awareness, even, contentiously, a form of knowledge. Ideas arise out of embodied experience and out of the intellect. They arise out of plurality. They are changeable and multiplicitous and sometimes… Continue reading ‘…And Where Do You Get Your Ideas From?’ The inevitable question for writers?

Easter, And Other Spring Festivals Around The World

Easter 'The springtime celebration of Easter is a Christian tradition marking the day Jesus Christ is said to have come back to life. The day is a celebration of Christianity, but it’s also a celebration of new beginnings and the changing seasons. In 2021, Easter (was) celebrated on Sunday, April 4. On Easter Sunday, people… Continue reading Easter, And Other Spring Festivals Around The World