A Blog By Maria Dismondy

The Ins and Outs When Your Child Comes Out

The Ins and Outs When Your Child Comes Out

IT CAN BE TOUGH TO KNOW WHAT TO DO WHEN YOUR CHILD OR LOVED ONE TELLS YOU THEY’RE LGBTQ. Especially if it catches you off guard. (Which, it likely will. Even if you had a hunch.)  For starters, let’s cover the acronym: “LGBTQ” stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual,...

Dazzling Travis Lesson Plan

Dazzling Travis Lesson Plan

Every other week Maria brings lesson plans that you can use in the classroom, based off her own books. Today’s lesson plan was based off of the book Dazzling Travis, written by Hannah Carmona Dias, illustrated by Brenda Figueroa and published by Maria’s company...

Spaghetti Lesson For Your Classroom

Spaghetti Lesson For Your Classroom

Every other week Maria brings lesson plans that you can use in the classroom, based off her own books. Maria went live on her author page on April 18th and shared a great lesson plan that goes along with her book, Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun (also available in...

STEM Materials

STEM Materials

Maria goes live every other week, answering your questions, in the Empowering Kids with Character Facebook group. For this one, she talks about the importance of incorporating STEM (or STEAM) into your children’s everyday life.

Teacher Edition – Pink Tiara Cookies for Three Lesson Plan

Teacher Edition – Pink Tiara Cookies for Three Lesson Plan

Maria will be going live every other week in her author page, sharing lesson plans that teachers have created around her books. You can watch the video here. Today’s lesson was by Sarah of Mrs. B’s First Grade and is about one of Maria’s books, Pink Tiara Cookies for Three. This book is all about […]

Teacher Edition – Pink Tiara Cookies for Three Lesson Plan

Teacher Edition – Pink Tiara Cookies for Three Lesson Plan

Maria will be going live every other week in her author page, sharing lesson plans that teachers have created around her books. You can watch the video here. Today’s lesson was by Jen of Sparkling in Second Grade and is about one of Maria’s books, Pink Tiara Cookies for Three. This book is all about […]

Teacher Edition – Potato Chip Champ Lesson Plan

Teacher Edition – Potato Chip Champ Lesson Plan

Maria will be going live every other week in her author page, sharing lesson plans that teachers have created around her books. You can watch the video here. Today’s lesson was by Chandra Dills (Teaching with Crayons and Curls) and is called Kindness Counts– which includes one of Maria’s books, The Potato Chip Champ. This […]

20 Terrific Books For Back-To-School

20 Terrific Books For Back-To-School

As a children's book author I believe in promoting literacy across all channels to get kids hooked on reading. We have curated a list of 20 Best Books to start the school year with. Head to your local library and check them out. Add them to your Amazon cart. Search...

Educator Resources-The Ultimate Character Book List

Educator Resources-The Ultimate Character Book List

Click the image below to get the complete list 2017 Connections: Are you a parent or educator looking for an amazing place on Facebook to learn more about teaching children character traits? Click here to join our private Facebook group. If you want to know MORE about...

Hot Topics in Education-Tech Trends, Part 2

Hot Topics in Education-Tech Trends, Part 2

We all know how wonderful technology can be but at the same time, is it harming us? Check out this video. Then see what apps I use to help me focus and rules we have in our home to maintain some control with technology, 1. I use this app to help me focus: Forest 2....

Hot Topics in Education-Tech Trends, Part 1

Hot Topics in Education-Tech Trends, Part 1

Are you up to date on the current tech trends? I try to stay in the loop being that I am nearing forty and I don’t want to fall into the dark ages (for example, I still prefer to email than communicate through FB messenger!) Here’s a few trends for you to know about....

Hot Topics in Education-The Homework Debate

Hot Topics in Education-The Homework Debate

There are always a difference of opinions and this one dates back to when I was a kid (a very long time ago 🙂 ) Should children have homework and if so, how much? There is an old “10 minute rule” that states 10 minutes a day for every grade level (10 for first, 20...

Hot Topics in Education-Mindfulness in Schools

Hot Topics in Education-Mindfulness in Schools

In the past few months, I am seeing an increase of information popping up on the news and social media about mindfulness. My husband has experience major benefits from practicing meditation in the past year so these articles, studies, books and videos really caught my...

Hot Topics in Education-Personalized Learning Plan

Hot Topics in Education-Personalized Learning Plan

Have you heard of the term Personalized Learning Plan yet? It’s educational jargon that is showing up more and more in schools across the country. It’s when the student is involved in setting goals for themselves for their classroom learning. Often times parents will...

Hot Topics in Education-Common Core, Part 2

Hot Topics in Education-Common Core, Part 2

Last week I gave you basic information on the Common Core. Here are a few more tidbits of information on the topic. The standards are set for grade levels but still allow flexibility for teachers to shape instruction to the needs of his or her classroom needs. There...