Building a Better Student: Deadlines

There’s a funny little saying that circulates in the world of professional writers: We love the finished product, but we’re not too fond of the actual process. It’s true. There are few experiences in life more thrilling than wrapping up an 80,000 word manuscript and sending the final draft to your agent and editor. But […]

Banner Day: Boys Finish Phonics Lessons

I’m thrilled to announce that Captain Earthquake and The Manager finished their entire phonics book last week. We were using The Ordinary Parent’s Guide to Teaching Reading, which is wonderful and well-done. But it has 231 lessons. 231. We worked on that book for a year and a half. By the time we finished up […]