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My Journey Continues as a Literacy Strategist


Oh the first day back is a wreck.  I’m lucky that I don’t actually have students the first day of school.  We screen and meet our new sprouts the first two days.  With many children registering right before school begins, it’s still a whirlwind of activity and preparation.  One of the highlights of being back the first day is greeting the buses. All kindergarten teachers are asked to greet and.. Read More

Kindergarten Parents.

As we prepare to head back next week, we held our Open House to give new sprouts and their parents an opportunity to come in, meet us, see the room, and just calm some of the pre-school jitters.  While I simply love meeting the new kids, the parents always make me smile.  I’m not a black or white person… I prefer to view shades of grey, but in my experience,.. Read More

I See I Learn Giveaway One… WINNERS!

Thank you to all who participated in the giveaway.  The four winners have been notified via email.  If I don’t hear back from them in a week, I will use the random number generator to pick new winners.  I’m thrilled to be able to share these wonderful books with you and if you didn’t win, don’t fret, I’ve got four more titles to give away soon!

I See I Learn Giveaway… ONE!

Yes, you read that correctly.  This is only the FIRST giveaway of the amazing, wonderful, dare I say it, brilliant, series of Stuart J. Murphy’s I See I Learn series of books.  Murphy has created a cast of characters that every preschool and kindergarten teacher is going to love sharing with their sprouts.  Many times authors approach me about reviewing and/or doing a giveaway… in this case, I approached Mr… Read More

Back to School Giveaway – Winners!

Well here we have it.  The winners of the Back to School Giveaway.  Thank you all for reading and participating.  There were almost three hundred entries.  I am using a random number generator to pick each winner.  Drum roll please… Winner One (receiving a copy of Awakened) – Jessica M. Winner Two (receiving the Bob’s sight word box) – Colleen C. Winner Three (receiving the Scardey Squirrel puppet) – Theresa F… Read More


Do you remember where you were on September, 11, 2001?  I sure do.  I was in a different world than the one I occupy today… I was working in corporate America… in Chicago… in the Sears Towers.  As the emails trickled in about ‘an airplane hitting the World Trade Center’ I remember trying to go online to CNN and the website timing out.  People all over the world were trying.. Read More

Back to School Giveaway!

Well, I’ve gone and done it.  I’ve cleaned out the antique armoire in my house.  It was a gift from my mother too many years ago to remember.  It’s really old – I think it’s from the Civil War era.  It’s held together with pegs and fits together like a puzzle.  In any event, I pretty much use it as a giant junk drawer, constantly shoving things in and shutting.. Read More


So, if I go into my classroom tomorrow to start getting ready, does that mean summer is officially over?  Ugh. My classroom was tiled this summer, so everything was gutted and placed in the hallway and is in a large pile in the center of the room right now.  Maybe I’ll take a picture of the heap of stuff. Luckily for me, I don’t have to tackle it alone.  My.. Read More


Well I’m on vacation with a fellow kindergarten teacher and dear friend and had an amazing experience today. We took a whale watching boat out to see what the big mammals were up to. Now I’ve been on these tours before. Usually you’re lucky to see a whale in the distance or perhaps the tail come out of the water. Today was something special. We first came upon two adult.. Read More