As we head deeper into winter and extended time at home, it seems like a great time to share what I think are the top 10 best books to read aloud with my kids this winter. You can get...
Oh heyyyyyy! Where my newbie homeschoolers at? Can I get a “Heck yea!” for Covid homeschooling? Now I know I’m not homeschooling alone, based on a VTDigger article that stated that Vermont home study enrollments were at 1634 on July...
I recently saw the graphic posted below about schooling options from Latched Mama. I liked seeing the graphic and it made me feel supported, so I decided to venture into the comments (I know, totally risky, these days). What...
Disclaimer: The opinions stated in this post on fall school reopening are my own, and only my own. I am a working mother in Vermont, and my views do not reflect the views of my employer or any of...
My family is starting to plan for our third year of homeschooling in Vermont. With the recent Covid-19 pandemic, it looks like many Vermont families will be joining the ranks of homeschoolers this fall. I have heard from a...
Racism is a huge problem in this country. I wish there was an easy way to solve this horrendous problem, but there is no easy answer. Each person must do what they can. One way we can combat racism in...
Before I started college, I never really thought much about the profession of nursing. But once I hit twenty one that all changed. I was one of those early twenty-year-olds that every parent hopes they never have: the early...
The first week of May is designated as Teacher Appreciation Week across the country. Pandemic or not, I feel we need to take the time to thank our children’s teachers despite all of the current distractions.  Recognizing teachers this week...
I’m currently experiencing every emotion under the sun. Even so, I feel calm that Vermont schools will be closed for in-person learning. I’m guessing you have been on the same emotional roller coaster in the past few weeks. Anxiety, stress,...
With the current shutdown of schools, including preschools, in Vermont for the remainder of the year, I’ve seen many parents say, “I know what to do with my 2nd grader, but I need ideas about what to do with my preschooler.”  As...
My son's homework is to read books for 30 minutes a day. While he enjoys reading books, 30 minutes is a long time for him, especially when he is tired after a long day at school. Luckily, my son's teacher...
Full disclosure: I am the Interim Director of the Bixby Memorial Free Library in Vergennes, so it should be obvious that I am a big fan of the work public libraries do and of my library, in particular. And...
Rainy days have the ability to turn my children into the most stir-crazy beings I know. A rainy day during summer break takes the insanity to a whole new level. I had to come up with a plan and...
The month of May has rolled around yet again; it’s Better Speech and Hearing Month. Part of my role as a Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) is to promote awareness of speech development delays and disorders treated by our field. This May,...

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Manchester- An Exciting Vermont Day Trip for the Entire Family

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Manchester, Vermont makes a great trip from any part of Vermont. My favorite destination is Hildene. Located in Manchester, Hildene was the summer home of Robert...