Musings from a K-5th Reading Specialist. I encourage my students to think, speak, read, and write, with my support.
I parent two amazing young adult daughters with my husband of 28 years.

March 16, 2016

March Gladness #SOL16 16/31

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Even though it was pouring and windy and gross this morning, I don't mind March... that much.

Of course, it's busy - this week includes lots of student meetings and family reading night on top of my regular schedule.  Does that stop me from getting way too exciting about basketball and competition?


We have a family competition connected to the March Madness basketball games.  Each member of the family picks one team per region to win.  The person who picks the team that goes the farthest gets a restaurant gift card.  If I'm the winner, I usually make the kids read a book (tee hee) or deep clean their rooms.  

This year Lindsey is away in Michigan on a service trip with spotty internet service.  Since she was not able to participate, I asked her friends, Mikayla and Emily, if they wanted to be part of the fun.  
We decided to make our team picks on Monday night.  Jeff was in charge of making Skype work  to chat with the college girls.  Allison called from her boyfriend Eric's house (just across town) and they joined the process.

It was a blast chatting with Emily and Mikayla.  We had tours of their rooms (unexpected!) and made snarky comments about Emily's beloved Spartans.  Allison relished in picking teams that weren't quite the tops seeds while Eric tried to overrule her decisions.  Mikayla and Allison were bummed that their current and future schools didn't make the cut.

Need to find a reason to chat up your kids and their friends?  A friendly competition does the trick. 



  1. What a wonderful idea! It's time for the "big dance."

  2. What a wonderful idea! It's time for the "big dance."

  3. What a creative way to stay connected with busy kids! Have fun and good luck!!

  4. Sounds like so much fun! Good luck to you. xoxo

  5. This is genius! I'll have to tuck it into my bag for when my girls get older! :)