About Christine Fleming McIsaac

Hi! I’m Christine Fleming McIsaac—mom, wife, writer, and a marketer for educational publishers (the people who make the books and technology your kids use in school). My favorite thing to do with my two boys is cuddle up and read with them.

Our Garden Starting with Seeds! Seeds! Seeds!

Our garden is growing. I know…basil and beans won’t feed us all summer long, but it is cool to eat food you grow. And it all started with a book. Learn about how we make our garden grow and the books that inspire us.

July 23rd, 2016|0 Comments

Stinky & Dirty ABCs and 123s

When I first started posting on Instagram about books the boys and I read, my friends with daughters commented that they were intrigued by our boy books. Boy books? I never thought of our books that way. And while I feel we have a balance of books for boys and girls, there are a few that were probably written with boys in [...]

July 9th, 2016|0 Comments

Summer Learning in 10-15 Minutes a Day

This summer we have lots of camps, sports, and pool time planned. But I have learning planned, too. The key for me as a working Mom is to make it fun and easy. Why summer learning? As I mentioned in my last post, it was something my Mom, a former teacher, did when I was a child. Then there’s always the worry [...]

June 25th, 2016|0 Comments

Prevent the Summer Slide with Reading

Summer vacation is here…or nearly depending on where you live. Are you cheering or booing? While I’m happy to be free from a school schedule, I’m terrified at the same time. As my sons get older, I’m learning summer for parents means lots of planning, scheduling, and coordinating to keep our kids engaged. And now that CJ is in school and learning, [...]

June 11th, 2016|4 Comments

Being a Happier Parent

I’m reading The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun by Gretchen Rubin. It has me looking at my life, making me wonder if I can be happier (yes), and figuring out how to accomplish that. Coincidentally, since it was recently Mother’s Day, [...]

May 21st, 2016|0 Comments

Mother’s Day Guilt

Mother’s Day. I have to say, I have mixed feelings about the holiday. To me, it is what Valentine’s Day is to my husband—a Hallmark holiday. That said, I appreciate that Valentine’s Day reminds us to show our love. And in our hectic life, we need that reminder. Even if you don’t give a card, if you go out to dinner or [...]

May 7th, 2016|0 Comments

Follow Your Nose to Spring

In hopes of encouraging spring to come, we’re reading Little Bunny Follows His Nose by Katherine Howard, illustrated by J. P. Miller. In this scratch-and-sniff book, Mother Bunny tells Little Bunny to go out and play. But he doesn’t know what to do. Mother Bunny says, “Follow your nose.” (Hmmm. Do you think that will work with our kids?) As you read [...]

April 30th, 2016|0 Comments

What to Read or Not Read? Just Read!

Happy Birthday, Shakespeare! I bet that got you scratching your head. Who reads Shakespeare to their kids? Well, in my ambitious, first-child, still-on-maternity-leave days, I got it in my head that I'd read Shakespeare to CJ. I'd probably read something on brain or child development to encourage this. So I dragged out my tomb of Shakespeare and started. As you can imagine, [...]

April 23rd, 2016|0 Comments

Click, Clack, Moo-re to Do with Our Favorite Book

Thinking of all the books I love reading with my boys, I was in great debate on which to feature in my first blog post. I decided it had to be the book that brought me back to children's books—Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin, illustrated by Betsy Lewin. Before the boys, I worked at Scholastic. One day, I [...]

April 16th, 2016|0 Comments