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Common Core Organizing Toolkits for K-5th Grade

July 10, 2016 1 Comment

Teaching with confidence includes effective organization of all the wonderful resources we’ve collected. As teachers we are notorious for collecting ideas. It doesn’t take long for our files to be filled with potential learning activities. The problem is after all these years, it is hard to separate the good from the clutter.  I knew it was time to revamp my files and what better way than to design attractive labels that also correspond to the Common…

Battling Summer Boredom

July 8, 2016 3 Comments

  Summer vacations are tons of fun and adventure. But, how about all those days at home? No need to get bored! Here are some great ideas to keep your kids engaged, interested, and active! This first idea comes from They are offering a calendar of over 100 activities to battle summer boredom. Best of all, it is FREE! Click on the photo to learn more. Your kids will LOVE these COOL experiments they can…

July Pick 3 for Summer Planning

July 3, 2016 7 Comments

I trust you are enjoying your summer break and the change of pace.  For me, summer time is not only a time to recharge my batteries, but also a time to reflect upon what I’d like to do better or more effectively in the coming year.  I have several places I turn for inspiration: professional books, teacher blogs, and Pinterest! So here are 3 ideas that I am excited to try with my upcoming class: Have…

Tips for Reading at Home

June 26, 2016 No Comments

As educators, we realize how important it is for our students to read outside of the classroom. The challenge for parents is identifying which books are appropriate for their child. As research has shown, when children are reading independently, they should be reading books  they can comprehend. Reading books that are too difficult can lead to frustration and do not help the child grow as a reader. Also research supports allowing children to choose their own…

Great Read Alouds for Elementary Children

June 15, 2016 No Comments

Use these books to get children hooked on reading! The Kid in the Red Jacket by Barbara Park Any child who has had to adjust to moving to a new school will immediately identify with Howard Jetter. In this humorous tale about the awkwardness of making new friendships,  you can’t help but fall in love with six year old Molly Vera Thompson. Between the funny dialogs, Howard realizes the true meaning of friendship.   The Trouble…

Great Read Alouds for Preschool Aged Children

June 15, 2016 No Comments

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. A told B and B told C I’ll beat you to the top of the coconut tree!  And off you go into the catchy rhythm and rhyme featuring the letters of the alphabet. Kids easily memorize the words and repetition which makes this a fun and educational early story. It’s one of our family favorites!     Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin…

The Importance of Reading Aloud to Children

June 15, 2016 No Comments

Reading a story to your child isn’t just a nice ritual before bedtime. Research has shown that reading aloud to a child is the single most important activity that leads to language development. According to Dr. Betty Bardige, reading aloud to young children not only stimulates language and cognitive skills, it also increases curiosity, memory, and motivation. Children who are read to before attending school have a huge academic advantage compared to those who haven’t had…

Top Pinterest Picks for June

June 11, 2016 2 Comments

Thanks for stopping by! If you are like me, summer is a time when I get to reflect, relax, and renew. What better place to find great ideas than Pinterest! I’ve been surfing around looking for some inspiration and came across these 3 ideas that I wanted to share with you. Name Banners Imagine the fun our students will have creating their own banner while waiting for the rest of the class to arrive! Later on…

FREE Resources

May 22, 2016 No Comments

This page contains links to free resources you can download and use right away. I will periodically update this page. To receive an e-mail of the newest addition, please sign up at the bottom of my HOME page. Leveled Reading Correlation Chart There are a variety of systems or codes being used to identify the reading complexity of a book. This chart correlates Fountas and Pinnell’s Gradient Text Levels with grade level equivalencies and Reading’s…

Community Helpers – Booklist

March 13, 2016 No Comments

This week we are launching a unit on communities and being a good citizen. One area of focus is on the importance of people helping other people to meet their needs. As part of learning about goods and services, we spend some time learning about different ways people make our communities a better place. Last week, our Harcourt Trophies story was Good-Bye Curtis by Kevin Henkes. In this story, Curtis has faithfully delivered the mail to…

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