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It’s nice and chilly out. Feels just like the mornings in Seattle, cool & crisp. It is quite exhilarating! Today is my very first day of tutoring my little tyke and soon-to-be first grader. We will be working on reading for an hour one day a week. It’s time to hit the books, even in the summer! I love parents who care about their kid’s education.

Here are some stats from the Washington Post on students and the summer:

 By Valerie Strauss 

Here’s what experts from Johns Hopkins University, the University of Tennessee, the University of Virginia and elsewhere say happens over the summer:

— Most students — regardless of family income or background — lose 2 to 2 1/2 months of the math computational skills that they learned during the school year.

— Students from low-income homes lose two to three months in reading skills learned in the previous school year.

— Middle-class students make slight gains in reading achievement as measured on standardized tests.

Those findings suggest the obvious: that children lose math ability when they don’t use it and that middle-class students read more than those from poor families because they have more books at home. (The research looked at middle-class kids, but similar results would presumably be found in children from high-income families.)

So, are you reading a book this summer?? What is on your summer reading list? Currently, I am reading this…

I am only about a 1/4 of the way through because everyday I sit down to relax and read, I doze off! It’s ridic. I need a double shot of espresso before even attempting to dive in to this novel. Extreme, right?

No Worry Leftover Veggie Burgers (you can use any veggies)

1 c grilled eggplant

1/2 c to 1 c grilled butternut squash

1/2 c grilled red peppers

1/2 c garbanzo beans

3 T of bread crumbs

1 T olive oil

2 cloves garlic

1 egg white

1 t parsley

salt, pepper to taste

  1. combine all ingredients in the food processor.
  2. blend ingredients for 30 seconds to 1 minute, careful not to blend too much
  3. create small patties (I got 4 mini sliders out of this batch)
  4. brown in a hot, oiled skillet
  5. only flip patties once, this will decrease chance of sticking
  6. serve on bun, lettuce, tomato, onion, whatever your heart desires


About Lesley

I am a 29 year old Pennsylvanian who enjoys running, good eats, family and friends!

2 responses »

  1. Your posts make me so hungry! I think I’ll try your veggie burger with leftover ratatouille- I usually put the leftovers on a pizza crust, but this is a fun way to mix it up!

    AMAZING books I’ve read this spring/summer that you should snag up at the library: Little Bee (by Chris Cleve), This is Where I Leave You (by Jonathan Trooper), The Help (by Kathryn Stockett) and Extremely Loud and Incredibly close (my absolute favorite read in the last 5 years- by Jonathan Safron Foer).


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