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My Journey Continues as a Literacy Strategist

Rolling along.

Well, yesterday was day twelve for my new crop of sprouts.  I have to say, without a doubt, this is one of the best classes I have ever had.  Ever.  Now, if you’ve been reading me for a long time, you’d know I don’t proclaim that every year… I don’t know that I’ve ever written that.  After a few days, I got to thinking, what is it about this group.. 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


As I said ‘Goodbye’ to my sprouts today, I got lots of hugs and one friend even asked his mom to bring him back to the classroom to see me one more time. Sigh. There is so much I am thankful for this year and truly feel as if my cup runneth over. I am thankful my students come in everyday eager and ready to learn and when they’re not,.. Read More

Popcorn angel.

My new school’s PTA does Popcorn Fridays to raise money. Kids bring in 25 cents and get a bag of popcorn for snack. Now I have lots of kids in my room that I knew, for whatever reason, wouldn’t be able to bring in a quarter.  A little guy came up to me and said, “Mr. _______, today is popcorn day! But I don’t have a quarter.” His face visibly.. Read More


Wow – what a day.  Today was our Butterfly Celebration and it went off without a hitch.  The icing on the cake was our first butterfly came out of it’s chrysalis a couple of hours before and we were able to release it as part of the celebration.  Amazing… but that wasn’t the most special part of my day. As part of our conferences next week, I’m working with each.. Read More

The Giving Tree.

Well I’m mostly done.  I jetted in this morning for a couple of hours to do some last minute setup tasks and came to the conclusion that I will truly never be ‘done’ so I came home and decided to try and enjoy the long weekend before we hit the ground running next week. One of the last things I put up today was my ‘Giving Tree’.  I’ve always been.. Read More


When I started teaching kindergarten, I was amazed at how affectionate my sprouts were.  Some more than others, but it was rare to find a child who didn’t want to hug me at least some of the time.  As that first year progressed and we learned more, the hugs just increased.  One little guy, Sage, was a serious hugger.  He literally was at my side grabbing me in some fashion.. Read More

Plaidypus Pattern.

I’ve written about it here and here… there is something about the platypus and this story and the ensuing plaidypus that is just magical.  I copied this pattern from another kindergarten teacher (who no doubt copied it from someone else…) so I can’t really take full credit.  Yes, that’s my handwriting on them, and probably not my best either, but it’s readable. There are no ‘instructions’ per se, just some.. Read More


This week we are reading Plaidypus Lost (really, an amazing book) and making our stuffed platypus animals… so sweet, it’s really one of my favorite activities we do all year.  I burned myself with the hot glue gun a few times, but it was totally worth it… each year I’m reminded of this post I wrote the first time I made these with my sprouts… As part of the reading program at.. Read More