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Back in the homeschool classroom: Reading out loud to our children

By Lynn R. Mitchell


My kids and I spent much more than 15 minutes a day reading out loud over the 16 years that I had the wonderful opportunity to educate them at home. We read countless books out loud at home by the wood stove in winter and outdoors in the yard during the summer, while picnicking and camping along the Skyline Drive and Blue Ridge Parkway, at the Outer Banks, traveling across the country to Colorado and Wyoming — anywhere and everywhere, and the memories are priceless. Read, learn, bond.

Lynn Mitchell educated her children at home for 16 years and was part of leadership in North Carolina’s Iredell County Home Educators (ICHE) and Virginia’s Parent Educators of Augusta County Homes (PEACH). Her son graduated from Harrisonburg’s James Madison University (JMU) in 2007 with a BS in Computer Science and a minor in Creative Writing. Her daughter graduated from Staunton’s Mary Baldwin College in 2012 with a BS in Sustainable Business and a minor in Marketing. Lynn and her husband live in Augusta County located in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. The story of how she began her homeschool journey can be found here (see Back in the homeschool classroom: Blazing new trails).

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Happy 90th Birthday, former First Lady Barbara Bush … June 8, 2015

George W. Bush and Barbara

Mrs. Bush with her son, former President George W. Bush.

By Lynn R. Mitchell

Won’t you join me in wishing Mrs. Barbara Bush a happy 90th birthday?

My birthday message to Mrs. Bush:

Happy 90th birthday, Mrs. Bush — our favorite sassy First Lady! Thank you for all you do for literacy and America.

The response:

Dear Lynn,

Thank you for sharing your birthday message on the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy Wishing Wall to honor Mrs. Bush and help celebrate her 90th birthday. We know it will be very meaningful to her to hear from those who share in her love of reading.

Please share this unique opportunity to wish Mrs. Bush a happy 90th birthday by inviting your family and friends to visit the Wishing Wall.

There is much to celebrate and thank you again for being part of this significant milestone in the life of our founder, Barbara Bush.

If you would like to make a donation to the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy in honor of Mrs. Bush’s 90th birthday, please visit our donation page.


Liza McFadden
President and CEO, Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy

Join the Today Show this morning when Jenna Bush Hager interviews her Gammy. Be sure to visit the Barbara Bush Foundation Facebook page where the former First Lady has been receiving birthday greetings from a variety of folks, famous and otherwise — and you can add yours, too.

Barbara Bush … one of America great ladies. Happy Birthday … may she have many, many more.

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