Is there a difference between the words Discrete & Discreet? They look the same, sound the same and have the same letters. I don’t think this will be a question that’s asked often. I only happened to chance upon the word discrete as I was reading an article with the word discrete in it in relation to learning to read. I thought it didn’t “fit”, so I looked it up. When I did, this is what I found:
USAGE The words discrete and discreet are pronounced in the same way and share the same origin but they do not mean the same. Discrete means ‘separate, distinct’ (: a finite number of discrete categories), while discreet means careful, judicious, circumspect ( you can rely on him to be discreet ).
Main Entry: dis·crete
Pronunciation: \dis-ˈkrēt, ˈdis-ˌ\
Function: adjective
Etymology: Middle English, from Latin discretus
Date: 14th century

1 : individually distinct
2 a : consisting of distinct or unconnected elements

dis·crete·ly adverb

dis·crete·ness noun

Main Entry: dis·creet
Pronunciation: \di-ˈskrēt\
Function: adjective
Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French discret, from Medieval Latin discretus, from Latin, past participle of discernere to separate, distinguish between
Date: 14th century

1 : having or showing discernment or good judgment in conduct and especially in speech

dis·creet·ly adverb

dis·creet·ness noun

* Not that many will be asking, but here’s the answer if someone does.*

Classroom Strategies From Reading Rockets.com

Classroom Strategies

I subscribe to this newsletter, Reading Rockets. It is so full of resources for parents, teachers and others interested in education. It is one of the best resources I have come across. Do yourself a favor & subscribe.

This is taken directly from the Reading Rockets website: Our classroom strategy section is designed to share with teachers what research suggests are the most effective ways to build fluency, vocabulary, comprehension, and writing skills.

When using any teaching strategy, teachers should (1) help students to understand why a strategy is useful, and (2) describe explicitly how the strategy should be used. Teacher demonstration, modeling, and follow-up independent practice are critical factors for success. Student discussion following strategy instruction is also helpful.

Each strategy in the library includes:

  • Instructions on how to use the strategy
  • Downloadable templates
  • Examples
  • Recommended children’s books to use with the strategy
  • Differentiation for second language learners, students of varying reading skill, students with learning disabilities, and younger learners
  • Supporting research


Phillise & I went to Build-A-Bear. I love that store & the concept. Getting to build your own bear is one of the best things ever! Well, Phillise had been wanting to go for the longest time, but I couldn’t make myself spend $50 for a teddy bear. But, my baby’s big eyes won me over. So, here’s some pics:

Here’s my baby @ the Build-A-Bear naming her baby- a Lavender teddy bear with a fancy pink dress & fancy pink high heels.↓

I am having technical difficulties. All of my pictures came out sideways & I don’t know how to turn them. Can someone help????

Leimert Park Village Book Fair

Saturday, June 26, 2010
10:00am – 6:00pm
Los Angeles, CA

The Fourth Annual Leimert Park Village Book Fair will be held on Saturday, June 26, 2010 in Los Angeles.

The Book Fair runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Leimert Park on the Vision Theatre Back lot, located at 43rd Street and Degnan Boulevard. The family-oriented event is held in the heart of Leimert Park, which is considered the center of the African American arts/intellectual scene in Los Angeles.

The Leimert Park Village Book Fair is produced by Exum and Associates in partnership with 8th District Councilmember Bernard C. Parks and Eso Won Books, along with the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, the Leimert Park Merchants Association, and the Leimert Park Village Business Improvement Association.

This annual Book Fair has become a much-anticipated cultural tradition in the community. It provides authors an opportunity to promote their newest work as well as to meet some of their fans up close and personal.

The Fourth Annual Leimert Park Book Festival features:
Children’s Village with interactive activities;
Nationally known authors and poets; panels and thought provoking issues;
Reading and performances at various venues throughout Leimert Park Village;
Culture, food, and beautiful people enjoying and promoting literacy in our community.

Come out and support this one of kind event!

Literacy Milestones (Birth to 3 Years)

Taken directly from Reading Rockets.com

Literacy Milestones: Birth to Age 3

By: Andrea DeBruin-Parecki, Kathryn Perkinson, and Lance Ferderer (2000)

Identifying a reading problem is a challenge without a sense for what typical literacy development looks like. Find out what language accomplishments are typical for most children at the following age levels: birth to three, three to four, age five, and age six.

Most children learn to read by age 7. Learning to read is built on a foundation of language skills that children start learning at birth — a process that is both complicated and amazing. Most children develop certain skills as they move through the early stages of learning language.

The following list of such accomplishments is based on current research in the field, where studies continue and there is still much to learn. As you look over the list, keep in mind that children vary a great deal in how they develop and learn.

If you have questions or concerns about your child’s progress, talk with your child’s doctor, teacher, or a speech and language therapist. For children with any kind of disability or learning problem, the sooner they can get the special help they need, the easier it will be for them to learn.

From birth to age 3, most babies and toddlers become able to:

  • Make sounds that imitate the tones and rhythms that adults use when talking
  • Respond to gestures and facial expressions
  • Begin to associate words they hear frequently with what the words mean
  • Make cooing, babbling sounds in the crib which gives way to enjoying rhyming and nonsense word games with a parent or caregiver
  • Play along in games such as “peek-a-boo” and “pat-a-cake”
  • Handle objects such as board books and alphabet blocks in their play
  • Recognize certain books by their covers
  • Pretend to read books
  • Understand how books should be handled
  • Share books with an adult as a routine part of life
  • Name some objects in a book
  • Talk about characters in books
  • Look at pictures in books and realize they are symbols of real things
  • Listen to stories
  • Ask or demand that adults read or write with them
  • Begin to pay attention to specific print such as the first letters of their names
  • Scribble with a purpose (trying to write or draw something)
  • Produce some letter-like forms and scribbles that resemble, in some way, writing

Mama Elizabeti by Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen

Mama Elizabeti (2000), written  by Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen & illustrated by Christy Hale is the follow up to 1998’s Elizabeti’s Doll which I recently reviewed.

I liked this book because it celebrates sibling love. In this sequel to Elizabeti’s Doll (1998), Elizabeti has a new sister named Flora. Now that her mother spends all her time taking care of Flora, Elizabeti needs to help take care of her little brother, Obedi. She soon finds out that taking care of Obedi is so different than taking care of her doll, Eva. Elizabeti goes through trials & tribulation as she tries to find a way to take care of her chores & responsibilities and take care of Obedi. How will Elizabeti get everything done & take care of Obedi???

As with the last book, I would recommend this book for big sisters. It tells the story of sibling love. I also love that it shows children helping parents, and a different culture. I will review the follow-up to this book (my most recent purchase), Elizabeti’s School, also. I love this series and its’ celebration of family & sibling love. I would recommend this book to young children when a new sibling is born. Also, I would even go so far as to say this book should be read to middle school girls for a sex education class. It definitely shows how much work taking care of a baby is.

As always, pick it up @ your local library or bookstore.