Caterpillar Summer.

Caterpillar Summer. A charming summer seaside story for middle graders. Caterpillar Summer is a novel for middle graders written by Gillian McDunn. McDunn takes on family issues of loss, children’s special needs, and extended family dynamics. Cat is the responsible older sister, stepping in to take on more responsibilities – and more and more. Cat…

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The Glass Castle

The Glass Castle. A moving book. Our older son’s English teacher assigned The Glass Castle as their final reading for the spring semester. I had just read Educated, as noted in an earlier blog post, and didn’t relish the idea of reading another story I felt could be overly similar. I was both right and…

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Teen science fiction.

Teen science fiction.  Hello summer reading! Ender’s Game Our youngest son was assigned this science-fiction novel for summer reading prior to starting 9th grade in August.  Bill saw the movie with our other son, and Cynthia generally reads the summer books with our boys, so this one feels like a natural.  Before getting started, though,…

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Summer intern. Welcome, Katie!

Summer intern Celine Olcott joined us for the months of May and June. Celine graduated from Wake Forest University School of Business in May with a Master’s degree in Accounting.  Celine has been selected to join the prestigious Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) for a one-year fellowship starting in July, so she is moving to Connecticut….

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Reading development. This summer!

Reading development.  It’s an important process that explains how students progress as readers. Stages are based on students’ experiences and skills, not their age or grade level. Who is doing this? Our beloved Mrs. Mendenhall will be working part time at A Step Ahead this summer, while she also explores working with the Institute of Reading…

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Summer intern at ASA.

Summer intern Celine Olcott will join us for the months of May and June.  When Bill and Cynthia are traveling, Celine will be the friendly face around the center, making sure everything stays ship-shape and answering any questions you may have. Originally from New York City, Celine will graduate this May with a Master’s degree…

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