Heathers Helpful Hints

Never Repress the Urge to Drink More Water and Express a Kind Thought

Never Repress the Urge to Drink More Water and Express a Kind Thought

I was busy this morning, preparing dinner for tonight to put in my crockpot. I love crockpots but that is a whole different tangent lol.  I was placing chopped onions in the pan and as I walked back to the table to chop the carrots and celery, I passed my water bottle. The thought came to my mind...
What I Learned as a Mom of 8 Kids about Reading to Your Children

What I Learned as a Mom of 8 Kids about Reading to Your Children

Reading stories to children when they are young is one of the best ways to help them increase their vocabulary and grow their imagination. Storytime with children is a special, magical time to bond with your child. As a mom of eight kids, I loved the time I spent reading stories to my kids. They ...
The Smooms

The Smooms

In my last post,  I introduced you to the Blomes, one of the two groups of creatures in my new book "The Blomes, the Smooms and the Impossible Bridge."  Today, I would like to introduce the beautiful Smooms.   The Smooms are creative and artistic.  Their side of the valley sparkles with bright ...
The Blomes from The Blomes & The Smooms and the Impossible Bridge

The Blomes from The Blomes & The Smooms and the Impossible Bridge

My new book "The Blomes, the Smooms and the Impossible Bridge" is available now in Paperback and eBook and I want to introduce you to the main characters.  This fun, engaging story teaches children the importance of working together, accepting people who are different than us, and embracing the t...
7 Types of Questions to Use During Story Time

7 Types of Questions to Use During Story Time

 When you read stories to young children, asking questions is a great way to get the kids involved in the story.  Asking questions can also help to emphasize an important part of the story, check for comprehension, and help kids learn how to predict endings and outcomes. There are a lot of diffe...
Using TPR to Improve Storytelling

Using TPR to Improve Storytelling

Using TPR in your storytelling will help the stories come alive for your audience and help them become active participants rather than passive listeners. Whether you are a children’s author like me doing book readings for a large audience, or a teacher, parent, grandparent or favorite aunt or unc...