An Open Letter to my Daughters From a Theater Mom

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I have not been able to post for a while as my life was wonderfully interrupted with a theatrical production. I thought I would be able to write this while the production was going on, but I am not that organized. Being in a show seems to take up over 90% of my brain and most other parts of my life go by the wayside. This post serves as an apology to my kids for the way our household gets turned upside-down, inside-out, completely discombobulated, etc. while I am in a show.  As much as I love performing, there are reasons why I only do this a couple of times per year. Because I am already deficient in my physical organizational skills, this upheaval in our life seems to set me back tenfold every single time. I set up a house-cleaning system, then BAM! I’m in a show, and chaos ensues! This coupled with driving my children to an after-school activity which runs 7 days per week turns my brain to mush. So here goes…..

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How to Raise a Reader



With my background in speech-language pathology and library science, I have a special interest in reading and how reading aloud is crucial to promoting reading and language skills of an early learner. You can read more about my interests and background here: About Me.

When both of my children were under 5 years old, I had the advantage of working in the children’s department of a library. Working in that environment gave me access to all the wonderful picture books and chapter books I could get my hands on. The amount of books my family had checked out was embarrassing and upwards of 100 books at a time! My appetite for children’s books was driven by my knowledge of educational statistics and I wanted to make sure my kids could read by the time they went to school. Some of the statistics I found the most profound include:

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Learned Mom has a Facebook Page

This is just a quick post to say that I made a Facebook page for this blog. You can follow this link to go there: Learned Mom Facebook .

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I would love it if you would “Like” my page. On this Facebook page, I plan on sharing not only my content, but other content from around the web that you may find interesting. In the future, I will be adding other social media accounts such as Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest. I’ll keep you updated as I do that.

Becoming the Learned Mom

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If you just now found my blog, welcome! If you came back to read this next post, thank you! As you read my posts in the future, you may wonder why this blog has the name “Learned Mom.”

According to the Random House dictionary, to be “learned” is to be connected or involved with the pursuit of knowledge. There are other definitions which state that a person who is “learned” is an expert and has a great knowledge. I am more of the person who is knowledge-seeking and am by no means, an expert at anything. I have an absolute passion for learning, but I don’t know how to focus my interests in actually accomplishing all that I want to do with the knowledge I acquire . I have a tendency to jump from one thing to another and have numerous projects half-finished.  Not only is my house a cluttered disaster area, but I feel like my brain has also become a jumbled mess. I started this blog mainly to get a handle on how to hone my many interests while still keeping a clean house and my sanity. And, through the process, I hope I can help you, the reader, with anything I learn along the way.

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Getting to Know the Learned Mom

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For the most part, this is the same information you can read in the About page. So, if you read that, feel free to skip this long introduction.

I’m Shani, a mother of two daughters and wife to a wonderful husband, Bill. I have one brother and am the daughter of two amazing parents who  raised  me in a loving and educational environment. I grew up in a family who dabbled in a variety of cultural experiences. A huge part of my life and our big family activity included theater performance. And, to this day both my brother and myself are professional actors (on a small-scale).

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