Friday, August 27, 2021

C'mon Fall!!!

I am soooo sooo ready for Fall. I am ready for the heat wave to break here! I am planning on getting some plain foam pumpkins and transforming them into these...

What makes you excited about Fall?!?


Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Reading matters.

Even when teaching the upper grades, it is good to read chapter books aloud to the class. I know from personal experience that it was relaxing when my teachers would read to us. Also, this takes the pressure and anxiety off the students who have difficulty reading aloud in front of the class.


Wednesday, August 11, 2021

I'm tired.

Does back-to-school time wear anyone else out? I feel like I need to drink coffee and I am not even a coffee drinker. My son is starting his Junior year and this past week I have gotten all lesson plans and learning materials (he is homeschooled) ready through October. The older he gets, the more complicated some of the stuff he is learning gets. And I realize that some things I learned in school they never bother with anymore. Like in 5th grade I remember being very bored of diagramming sentences. Our teacher kept emphasizing this was something that we ABSOLUTELY had to know in order to get a job and get by in life. Y'all...I have never once diagrammed a sentence as an adult or solved an equation (I am not mathematical) or figured out a problem with a speeding train. So I feel old when I am seeing what high schoolers work on today. Time for some iced coffee!!!

Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Book Rainbow

It's a book (cover) rainbow!
I saw this bulletin board idea on Facebook and love it.
I am not sure who the photo is from since it had been shared several times.


Thursday, August 5, 2021

The end of Summer.

Beautiful, wonderful Summer is coming to an end. We went on many adventures this Summer and made many amazing memories. I always get a little sad when Summer starts fading but then I remember how much I really do love Fall! And of course, books. So here are some good Fall books I recommend for your little readers!
Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert 
I love the illustrations. A fun activity is to go on a leaf walk after reading the story, and make your own leaf people or objects!

Apples by Gail Gibbons
The text is a little long, but it is very informative and great for learning about apples. The recording above is a YouTube video I made reading this story.

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves by Lucille Colandro

Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf by Lois Ehlert
I made a YouTube video (above) reading this book.

In the Middle of Fall by Kevin Henkes
This one won a Caldecott Medal. I love the painted illustrations and the text is simple.

Apples and Pumpkins by Anne Rockwell
This is another favorite of mine because it really works for ages toddlers-2nd graders. And since I love it, I also made a storytelling video with craft about it (above).

Hocus Pocus, It's Fall! by Anne Sibley O'Brien
I first noticed this book as a Children's Librarian.
The cover grabbed my attention. I know they say don't judge a book by its cover, but you can with this one.
It teaches kids about the seasonal change, and how the animals prepare for Winter.

The Biggest Pumpkin Ever by Jane E. Gerver 
and Steven Kroll
I am a sucker for books that are adorable because sometimes we should just read for fun! This story is about what happens when two mice want the same pumpkin. 

Wonderfall by Michael Hall
This takes children through the changes a tree undergoes through each season. It has blended words and is an informative picture book. 

Bella's Fall Coat by Lynn Plourde
Bella's grandma makes her a special coat so she can enjoy the sights of Fall like running through crinkling leaves and enjoying the company of geese.


Everyday Learning Activities!

Learning can be fun and does not need to be planned all the time.