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My Journey Continues as a Literacy Strategist

Feathers: Not Just for Flying

As I continue to look for inspiring and unique non-fiction texts to share in classrooms this school year, I came across Feathers: Not Just for Flying by Melissa Stewart and illustrated by Sarah Brannen.  This delightful book struck me as a unique teaching tool. The illustrations have a naturalist quality to them, yet readers will recognize they aren’t the photographs usually found in non-fiction.  Brannen also includes the location of.. Read More

Mentors. (Slice of Life 7.28.15)

Yesterday, I had my first real ‘work’ meeting for my new job.  Now it just so happens, my new partner, Susan, is also a friend of mine, so our ‘work meeting’ started off with over an hour of chatting – some work related and some not.  As I started to worry about how productive our planning meeting would be, we naturally started to veer towards the task at hand and.. Read More

Winnie: The True Story of the Bear Who Inspired Winnie-the-Pooh

Always looking for engaging non-fiction books, I recently picked up Winnie: The True Story of the Bear Who Inspired Winnie-the-Pooh by Sally M. Walker with illustrations by Jonathan D. Voss.  I never knew Winnie-the-Pooh was actually inspired by a real life bear (also named Winnie) and I’m guessing most kids won’t either. The tale explains how a military veterinarian named Harry, enlisted to care for military horses, comes to find a bear.. Read More

Ada and June (Slice of Life 7.21.15)

  Yesterday I finished reading The War That Saved Me by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley. I’m trying to read some books appropriate for 3rd-5th grade to prepare for my new job this fall and this one came recommended. Wow. The story of a young English girl and her brother during WWII who are forced to leave their mother and home and evacuate to the country was riveting. The ending, which was highly emotional,.. Read More

The Bear Ate Your Sandwich – Book Review

Part of my new job this fall will be working with a 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade classroom, so I’m trying to devour as many books for that age group as possible this summer.  The bulk of my classrooms will be K-2 and of course, I’m still (and will always be) a sucker for a new picture book.  I’d heard good things about The Bear Ate Your Sandwich by Julia.. Read More

More to the new journey.

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Previously, I posted about my decision to leave the classroom and become a Literacy Specialist this fall, but I thought I’d share a little more around what prompted me to take this new career path.  As I mentioned before, this was not an easy decision, for sure, it is bittersweet as I have loved so much about my time in the kindergarten classroom (specifically the kids, really, kindergarteners are a.. Read More

The Eclipse (Slice of Life 7.14.15)

There is a moth infestation and I don’t think anybody knows why.  I’m vacationing on Cape Cod and I woke up around seven thirty (aren’t summers the best for sleeping in?), came outside with my dog, and noticed the moths.  Not one, two, or even three, but a whole, cluster of moths (what do you call a large group of moths? An eclipse – thank you Google). At first I thought.. Read More

Summer Reading – Pleasure Books

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In my last post, I shared some of the professional books I’ve been reading, but for me, summer is all about reading for pleasure too!  There isn’t much I love more than sitting outside (on the beach preferably, but even on my back deck with my dog at my side) with a great book to help me get lost for the day.  So , here are a few of the fiction.. Read More

#pb10for10 is coming!

10 for 10 Picture Book Day (#pb10for10)  is coming on August 10th!  I’m excited to start compiling some of my all time favorites to share with you! It looks like the sharing will be happening on blogs, twitter, and there is even an option for folks who don’t blog.  I’m really hoping to read about your favorite picture books. Head over here to check out the specifics and join in on.. Read More

Summer Reading – Professional Books

As I prepare to start my new job this fall, my summer reading list, usually filled mostly with pleasure books, has quite a few professional books as well.  So, in the interest of sharing, over the next few days, I’m going to post both what I’m reading for school and for pleasure.  Up first, my professional book list. First on my list is Jennifer Seravallo’s The Reading Strategies Book.  Unlike many other.. Read More