The Joys of Toys

Joys.  Toys.  Boys.  Oys.  What do these words have in common?  Other than rhyming, what’s the link? (Remember, I am an English teacher.) Toys have a purpose to serve:  to engage young minds in creative play, build cognitive skills, and/or have fun.  This is the joy of toys.  Boys and girls enjoy playtime.  The ‘oys’Continue reading “The Joys of Toys”

It’s Clean Up Time

One of my all-time favorite movies is Mary Poppins.  One of my all-time favorite scenes in the movie is when Mary Poppins helps Jane and Michael tidy up the nursery.  As a young, impressionable child, this scene left a mark on my psyche.  Yes, I knew it was movie magic.  But somewhere inside, some partContinue reading “It’s Clean Up Time”