How to Educate Your Kids in 5 Steps

Posted by Barbara Pierce - September 25th, 2017

  1. Parents should always show an interest in what their kids are doing in class.  Make sure they are current with all assignments before a week passes.
  2. Kids could benefit greatly from being involved in additional learning opportunities outside of the home. It could be to learn another language, or chess, etc.
  3. Books of various genres should be available for the kids to read at their leisure.  The library is a great place to visit to get books and even videos that can be shared by the entire family.
  4. Sites such as the Museum of Natural History, the Art museums, the Maritime museums, and the Planetariums are educational and quite entertaining as well. Fruit orchards, zoos, and farms are great places to enjoy while learning too.
  5. Teach kids to work hard and take pride in their accomplishments.

Choose Your Words Wisely

Posted by Barbara Pierce - September 18th, 2017

There’s an old adage (or saying) that goes, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me.” That statement is far from the truth! In an effort to explain the effects and consequences that verbal bullying has on many young minds, please read the following poem from my book, Just South Of The Rainbow.

                                           Choose Your Words Wisely

                                           Remember, words are used to


                                           So use them wisely!

                                           Words can alienate.

                                           Words can instill hate.

                                           Words can be a barometer

                                           To evaluate.

                                           Words can cause pain and humiliate.

                                           Words said in anger,

                                           Can never be retracted.

                                           Words when remembered

                                           Is a scene re-enacted.

                                           While other words may take

                                           Their place,

                                           The damage done is hard to erase!

                                           So choose your words wisely.

                                            by Barbara A. Pierce

Why Should Children Read?

Posted by Barbara Pierce - September 5th, 2017

While it’s true, reading is essential to children’s academic growth, italso stimulates their interests in the world around them. Becoming more independent, their imagination is allowed to soar beyond the ordinary. And not only do they get the opportunity to enjoy a myriad of experiences, they will learn and benefit from them. When parents get involved with their children’s reading activities those

When parents get involved with their children’s reading activities those are great bonding moments. The message sent is one of genuine love and concern. It is also a chance for the parents to determine first hand, if there is any progress being made. For those who can’t read yet, like to be read to while their imagination runs wild. And in time, they will be motivated to read for their own pleasure.

Why Read Lots Of Books

Reading lots of books is usually what

Smart kids do.

You can be just as smart if you would

Read some too.

Reading increases your knowledge and

Develops your mind

A better way to succeed in life would

Definitely be hard to find.

Through books you can travel to many

A foreign land,

And be introduced to other cultures

You’ll learn to understand.

Reading also can be just for fun

To wind down when all work

Is done.

by  Barbara A. Pierce

Why Write?

Posted by Barbara Pierce - August 25th, 2017

I am certain that I was inspired to write during my early elementary school years. Those were the years when teachers read to the younger children. And every child enjoyed listening to the exciting stories and poetry they chose to read aloud to end the day. But I wanted to hear more! At home, I started to try my hand at writing poems and stories, of course without the same results. For quite a while, I kept my writing to myself until my mother came across something I had written and discarded. She was so excited and proud of me, she had to show everyone in the family. After that little incident I was dubbed the “Writer” in the house. From then on I read my stories and poems to anyone that would listen.

 In graduate school I actually wrote my first book as an assignment for a literature course. Though it was a small book, the professor commented that it had great promise. That was encouragement enough for me to seek publishers.

 As a teacher my writing focuses on the interest of my students and the educational value of the material.

A Challenge of Common Knowledge is just such a book that incorporates learning while having fun.There is a second companion book of challenges entitled, A Challenge of Common Knowledge II.


Welcome to My New Blog!

Posted by asiadmin - August 15th, 2017

Welcome. My name is Barbara A. Pierce, author of A Mystery in Winters Park. I’m so happy to have you as a visitor to my blog about my new book. This project is very special to me, and I hope to share some of that excitement with you here.

I’ll be using this blog to interact with you about A Mystery in Winters Park, expanding on some of the topics in it and blogging on some of the ideas related to my book. This is a great place for you to get to know me, and I’m looking forward to getting to know you, too. What did you think of A Mystery in Winters Park? What questions do you have for me? How do you relate to my book?

I’ll be returning here frequently with new posts and responses to feedback from you. Until next time, tell me a little bit about yourself.


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