Thursday, October 1, 2020


How is everyone? I know that adhering to the "Stay at Home" orders are difficult for many; but sometimes we are asked to make sacrifices. The way I wrote it, sounds awful. I question, what are we sacrificing? Our family, our friends, colleagues, or strangers, is that who? I am probably one of the most positive people you will ever come across, so this isn't a woe is me blog. Rather, I want to inspire. During this pandemic, many have lost loved ones, which is difficult to comprehend. I know, my mother passed away on January 8, 2020 and I am still trying to cope.

I had to make a choice in my life on how to move forward. I could remain in grief and cry everyday and get wrapped up in my sorrow, or choose to live my life under the circumstances given. Actually, that is some of the advice my mother gave me a long time ago. I had to come to the realization that I am alive, I have family which consists of my husband, daughters and their spouses, and my wonderful seven grandchildren.

The moment I remembered my mothers' advice, my grief changed. That day, I picked up all of my children from their school and took them to eat, then to play games at an arcade.  Of course, this was pre-lockdown. I enjoyed every minute being with them.

Now, that we are all in lockdown, birthday crawfish boil cancelled, another birthday cancelled, opening of my backyard pool party cancelled, I cherish that day even more. Again, I found myself having to make the best choices to live under the current circumstances. Now, we meet up on Zoom, I read stories to them, share my screen as we visit museum's across the world, tell jokes, and so much more. I haven't lost anything, in fact, I am spending more quality time with them than I did. I am also teaching them many things. They have encouraged me and I've not felt alone even though I haven't ventured out of my house since March 13, 2020 with the exception of having to go to the dentist for an emergency root canal.

With that said, my grandchildren and I wrote a children's book, hired an illustrator, and we are publishing it within the next week. All of the character's are based on my seven grandchildren.

I can't wait to release this new book called "The Creek Dweller in the Bayou." My grandchildren have learned a lot about writing, editing, and getting a book published and this book is something that will last forever in our family. The book will launch on Mother's Day, in honor of my mother.



We didn't stop there. During this homeschooling lockdown pandemic, my grandchildren also wanted me to teach them how to write in cursive - a form of writing no longer taught in our public schools. Having earned a PhD and a retired teacher and principal, creating lessons to learn how to write in cursive was easy. This one simple request from my grandchildren turned into four workbooks on learning how to cursive write. I couldn't be prouder of them. The first book will be launched in a couple of days.


When it comes to teaching a child cursive writing, you want the best workbook using sound teaching principles. Don't settle for a workbook created by a nonprofessional educator. This workbook and the others in the series, "Having Fun Cursive Writing with Blythe," was created by Dr. Melissa Caudle, an award-winning Principal of the Year, with more than twenty years of experience in education who designed and implemented curriculum and has authored bestselling children's books.

This book series uses the American standard cursive letter formations, whereas many others do not. Would you go to a lawyer for surgery? Then why would you want a book that teaches cursive writing written by someone who is not certified in education or who has never taught children in a classroom? Before purchasing another book that teaches cursive writing, investigate the credentials of the author. Dr. Melissa Caudle holds lifetime certifications as a K-12 teacher, principal, and superintendent, having earned a Ph.D. in Statistics and Curriculum and Instruction.


"Tracing and Writing the Cursive Alphabet in Lower and Upper Case from A – Z for Elementary Kids" teaches children in grades two - six to write cursive letters using directional arrows and dot-to-dot tracing each letter of the alphabet followed by independent practice.

It is the first book in the series. Using tracing and dot-to-dot methodology, children are guided through the alphabet and learn mastery over cursive writing having fun as they progress through the book. Filled with colorful images, which are motivating to children, they have fun with Blythe as she takes them on their cursive handwriting journey.

Part 1 – Learning Strokes - The first part of the book guides children through mastery of fine motor skills that correlate with the motions for cursive writing. They learn loops, waves, and roller coaster strokes, gearing them for cursive writing of the alphabet.:

Part 2 – Upper and Lowercase Mastery - Using the stoke motions learned in Part I, the child is guided through tracing and then copying each letter of the both in upper and lower case.

Part 3 – Putting it All Together - The child first learns to cursive write their first and last name before moving on writing single words and simple short sentences.


Each letter of the alphabet is presented with exercises using the tracing pattern with arrows followed by the dot-to-dot patterns.

The book contains a completion certificate as a reward and is perfect for the classroom and parents who are homeschooling their children.

This is Book 1 of a four-part series.This cursive handwriting book series is divided into four books.

•Book 1 – Tracing and Writing the Cursive Alphabet in Lower and Uppercase from A – Z

•Book 2 – Cursive Writing Numbers, Colors, Seasons, Months, and Names

•Book 3 – Writing Short Words and Sentences in Cursive

•Book 4 - Lined Cursive Writing Practice Book

For teens and young adults, Dr. Melissa Caudle also authored "Learn Cursive Writing for Teens: From A-Z Using Leadership Quotes" and "Learning Cursive Writing for Young Adults: Using Words to Build Confidence."

This book is filled with colorful illustrations and guided practice. Stay tuned for updates. My intent is have all four books in this series to launch on the same day.