Kahla Jourdan

Kahla Jourdan
Kahla hails from Wisconsin, but heard the siren (loon?) song of Minnesota calling as she selected a college. Then, after eight years living in the Boston area for graduate school, her family moved to Rochester in the summer of 2010. Kahla and her husband have two children: one daughter and one son. They enjoy spending time outside, especially on Rochester’s hiking and bike trails. She loves finding inexpensive ways to pass time, and also enjoys her favorite form of recycling: shopping at thrift stores and yard sales. An avid reader her entire life, working as a school librarian is the perfect fit for her outgoing, book-loving personality. She also enjoys running, baking and knitting. She loves spending time with her family, book club, and running group.
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Ways to “Work-in” When You Can’t “Work-out”

What's a gal to do when her typical places to exercise or workout away from home are no longer available? Let's coin a new term and call it a "work-in"!  And though it may...
Hogwarts School

A Muggle Parent’s Brush with Magic

After getting the information from her on where she got her letter, here is how two muggle parents managed a bit of birthday magic for our 11-year-old.
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Learning My Strengths and Sensitivities

Don Clifton wrote, "There is no more effective way to empower people than to see each person in terms of his or her strengths."
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Paper Clips and Bottom Wiping: Life Skills You May Not Realize You Need To...

I have met and taught hundreds of elementary age students and parented two of them. I've had a few entertaining encounters as I came to a realization about a life skill I needed to explicitly teach my students (or offspring).
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Increase Your Car Sanity: My Family’s Favorite Podcasts

As part of my trip preparation, I downloaded a variety of podcasts and audiobooks for us to listen to as a family. These podcasts helped us pass the time in companionable listening, and we often paused for discussion (or debate). Here are our favorite family podcasts.
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Thanksgiving Needs Chocolate

I enjoy making food, and I enjoy eating food. Here's my dirty little secret, though: I really don't care for Thanksgiving food.
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My Kid Can Read! Now What?

For ideas beyond this short list of my students' favorites, be sure to check in with your child's own school library teacher, or any of the youth librarians at your local public library.
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DIY Couple: How We Work Together Successfully

Has it always gone perfectly? Absolutely not. Has it gone well enough that we keep at it? Absolutely. Here are two sets of tips, first from myself and then my husband, that we hope will help you and your DIY partner!
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My Perfect Day: Fueling My Body and Soul

After getting some miles in on the trail, I return home and have my favorite breakfast on my deck...avocado toast topped with Trader Joe's Everything But the Bagel seasoning.
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Beyond the Pool: Water We Doing Next?

Looking for new ways to get out on the water? We have you covered! These activities are for the whole family, and would also make a lovely date night.