Monthly Archives: September 2016

Be Kind. It’s Worth It!

Originally posted on thehappylife101:
Hello Everyone, My questions for you today are: How do we show kindness? Why do we have to be kind? What do we get for being kind? This amazing video that I will share with you has…

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Thank You, Jim Trelease! – The Power of Reading Aloud to Children

Originally posted on Oxford Tutoring:
My son, Matt, reading to my four grandchildren. Reading aloud to my four children is one of the fondest memories I have of their growing up years.  They are all adults now with their own…

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Banned Books Throughout History

Read & Survive September 26−October 2, 2016 Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books … Continue reading

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My First Book Review

I am excited to share with you my book review of Raymie Nightingale my Kate DiCamillo for Read Aloud West Virginia.  Their mission is to promote literacy and motivate children to WANT to read.  This publication is distributed to over 4,000 people.

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International Day of Peace

When I was in the library last week, I saw they had a display of peace books to recognize International Day of Peace.  To my surprise, one of my classroom books was included in the display. Today is the day.  … Continue reading

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The Best Book, Every Year

“Jennie, is chapter reading over?”  That was Parker’s worrisome question today. He just wasn’t ready to let it go.  “Can we read more?”  Isn’t that question the Brass Ring?  The one that validates not only chapter reading, but one of … Continue reading

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Kindness, Peace, and Love Day

The tragic events of 9/11 unfolded, and our country was united in brotherhood.  We had scores of heroes, and we helped one another with selfless acts of kindness.  Since then, my school has celebrated “Kindness, Peace, and Love Day” every … Continue reading

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Bringing Community to Children

Andy the Tool Man is a carpenter.  He prides himself in both his craftsmanship and his father’s and grandfather’s hand tools.  There’s something warm and enticing about old tools.  Andy knows that, and so do the children. We used the … Continue reading

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My Tree of Life

A tree is a universal and natural element for teaching young children.  It is almighty; the one thing that represents birth, life and death, seasons, colors, beauty, divergence, and wonder.  That list alone is startling, yet just the tip of … Continue reading

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