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My Journey Continues as a Literacy Strategist


It’s never too late to join a party… The Literacy Beginnings book study blog part (that’s a mouth full) started this week.  Even if you haven’t purchased the book yet, it’s not too late to join us!  Go ahead, ORDER the book and then just start with chapter one below.  Fountas and Pinnell have really written a wonderful reminder of how literacy learning is supported and successful when the basics.. Read More

Literacy Beginnings

Summer has barely begun… Are you thinking about school already?  No?  Why not?!?  A little professional reading in the summer is just the way to keep your creative juices flowing.  I like to read three books simultaneously… One I consider ‘literature’, another that is fluff for my brain, and finally something to help my professional growth.  Right now that would be The Iliad, Bossypants, and Comprehension Connections: Bridges to Strategic Reading respectively. My ADD.. Read More

Summer plans.

Well school is over. I spent the day screening new sprouts for the fall… we administer some assessments and score them to help with placement… it’s always a bit of a mixed bag of emotions. On the one hand, I’m excited to meet new friends… on the other hand, I am ready for summer vacation. As I did last year, I’ll be taking a break from daily postings over the.. Read More


The last day is never fun. The kids are ramped up… feeling anxious, sad, excited, you name it. It’s not a good mix. At my school, my sprouts meet their first grade teacher on the last day too, which just works them up even more. It’s a fast, sometimes chaotic day and yet I’m sad when it’s over. In what other grade but kindergarten do they kids say they are.. Read More


“Affection is responsible for nine-tenths of whatever solid and durable happiness there is in our lives.” – C.S. Lewis As I prepare for my last day with my sprouts tomorrow, this quote from the author of The Narnia Chronicles, has stuck in my head like a jingle. Something happens the last few weeks in kindergarten… it didn’t happen when I taught second grade, and I suspect it doesn’t happen in.. Read More

Graduation Reflections.

Yesterday was our kindergarten graduation. Always a bittersweet day, here some highlights. There’s nothing much cuter than new dresses and new dress shirts on kindergartners. Practicing our songs in the morning, a certain kindergarten teacher had a mini panic attack when the entire class forgot the second verse of ‘Rags’ – a song we’ve sung all year long. When you realize that every other class is having some sort of.. Read More


Two days of school left. What’s a guy to do? Well we had a picnic lunch together… I did resort to a movie too. Oh, and extra recess is a must! As luck would have it, Mother Nature had other plans… Just as I’m about to line the class up to head out for recess I hear a ‘BOOM!’ and the thunder begins… followed by downpours. Hmmm. This throws a.. Read More

Double dog dare.

I’ve written about it before. My dear friend, Mrs. F. teaches third grade. I see those big, almost gangly, third graders limbering down the hallway and I know there is a universe between them and my tiny sprouts. Sometimes I forget how challenging the academics can be as the children grow. Yesterday in the teacher’s room, I ran into Mrs. F. at the copy machine. We began chatting about this.. Read More


Yesterday at bus time, Darlene handed me the following note: I love it for many reasons. First, she has clearly mastered the ‘ch’ blend – something we’ve been working on diligently for months. Yay! Second, she loves her teacher, something I never tire of being told. Finally, she wants to be a teacher when she grows up. There’s no better compliment than that. She got a big hug for this.. Read More