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My Journey Continues as a Literacy Strategist


First, a big thank you to everyone who participated.  Unfortunately, there can only be four winners.  Soooooo – here they are: 1. Percy Gets Upset – Sherilyn L. 2. Percy Plays It Safe – Karl G. 3. Emma’s Friendwich – turtle-siobhan T 4. Write On, Carlos! – Lisa All winners have been notified via email.  If I don’t hear back from someone within four days, I’ll select an alternate winner for that.. Read More

Pickle says…

Pickle says… Today is the LAST day to enter the I See I Learn Giveaway… Two!  I will select winners and post them tomorrow!  Good luck to everyone!

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

Fall Preview.

Well, all of the major networks are rolling out their Fall lineups, trying to get folks excited about the new and returning shows (for my personal taste, a little less reality and little more comedy), so I figure, why not me as well.  I’ve got a few surprises up my sleeve and I love giving a little teaser. First of all, what do you think of the new look?  I.. 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

Giveaway – HeidiSongs! – WINNER!

Using the lovely (and free) service at random.org to pick a winner (truly the only fair way to do it), Sarah L. was selected! Sarah will receive the HeidiSongs prize package detailed below as soon as I receive her mailing adress (Sarah – you’ve been emailed, just reply back to me privately). Congratulations to Sarah and thank you to everyone who entered. There was almost five hundred entries! Thanks for.. Read More

Giveaway – HeidiSongs! – Last Day to Enter!

The HeidiSongs Giveaway (below) ends tomorrow, 12/29 at midnight E.S.T. If you haven’t entered yet, go ahead an enter! Remember you can enter once a day until the deadline! So far over 400 amazing folks have entered! I’ll be announcing the winner here Thursday 12/30. Good luck!