Alison Minion

Alison Minion is a writer and editor. In addition to Funderstanding, she has contributed to vitaljuicedaily.com, the New Jersey Jewish News and other publications. She served as the editor for the Union County (NJ) Bar Association centennial commemorative yearbook. Before leaving the publishing industry to stay home with her children, Alison was an editor of children’s nonfiction and textbooks. As an editor, much of her time was spent sitting down with a manuscript and a red pencil, researching the marketplace and reading the competition. The most valuable on-the-job training, however, was the time spent visiting schools, debriefing educators, and watching children consume texts and process material. In her life as a freelancer, she does this now most evenings while her own three sons complete their homework.


Educators

Transcendental Meditation: The Om-School Connection

“Mom! Dad! I have a new mantra!” “Lemme guess: i before e, except after c?” Not exactly, folks.  Like, a mantra mantra. We’re talking om.

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Activities

Teaching Essential Life Skills Through Storytelling

Storytelling teaches your children essential life skills. Not only enjoyable and interactive, storytelling teaches skills that are used beyond the classroom. Continue reading

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Blog

Ten Back-to-School Commandments

Hear, O Parents/Guardians! Just in time for the new school year, a delivery of bits and bytes from Mt. Funderstanding to guide you in your back-to-schooling.

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Blog

Spelling Problems?

From time to time, we call upon our resident manners advisor, Mrs. Schoolmarm, to respond to our readers’ EQs (etiquette questions and ethical quandaries). Dear Mrs. Schoolmarm, Recently I had occasion to spend some time in my son’s third grade … Continue reading

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Activities

Caveat Emptor: A Lesson Plan for Consumer Smarts

Am I smarter than a fifth grader? Depends on how you measure smarts. If you’re going to quiz me on which of the original colonies voted against ratification of the Constitution, then NO. Just hand me my pride in a … Continue reading

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