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My Journey Continues as a Literacy Strategist

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.

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

Summer Reading – Pleasure Books

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

Becoming Authors.

Last week, on the twenty-fifth day of school, we began our Writing Workshop. In past years, I’ve started earlier, but this year, with my class rolling along and doing so well, I purposely waited.  While I always preach the importance of The First Six Weeks of School and do my best to reread it each summer before beginning my new journey, as the first two or three weeks scamper by,.. Read More

Summer is for… reading too!

Dear Parents of Children returning (or starting) school, I realize, maybe more than most, summer is a time for relaxing, recharging, rejuvenating.  For kids, it’s about being a kid. Biking, hiking, playdates, swimming, exploring, catching fireflies, and basically having fun.  As a teacher, I want your child, more than anything, to be a child. As a teacher, I also look forward to summer for those same exact reasons (yes, I’ve.. Read More

Read-Aloud Handbook – Chapter 10: A Hyper Kid’s Road to Reading

When the blogging group I work with on our Summer Book Study offered up the list of chapters to write up and I saw one titled ‘A Hyper Kid’s Road to Reading’ it was clear – I was meant to author this final chapter synopsis. If you think, much as I did, this chapter would offer generic strategies for helping hyperactive children to read, you’d be wrong… kind of.  At.. Read More

Read-Aloud Handbook – Chapter 9: Dad-What’s the Score?

Do not train boys to learning by force and harshness, but lead them by what amuses them, so that they may better discover the bent of their minds. – Plato Chapter 9 of The Read Aloud Handbook begins with this quote from Plato and it really resonated with me.  As with the rest of the book, Chapter 9, titled ‘Dad – What’s the Score?’ is full of anecdotes, quotes, and.. Read More

Summer Book Study Q&A: Author/Illustrator Discussions

As part of our summer book study, Jim Trelease offered to answer some specific questions for teachers.  Yay!  One questions posed was: Do you have any thoughts on taking the time to talk about the author and illustrator of a children’s book with young children? How important do you feel this is to do and why? Jim Trelease’s Answer: Most of what we consume as adults and children consists of.. Read More