Monthly Archives: November 2016

Children’s Books: Old Can Be Better

Now that the best new children’s books this year are receiving awards and recognition, I’m excited and scanning the titles for my new favorites.  Besides recognizing the best new books of the year, it’s gift giving time. Nothing beats reading-aloud … Continue reading

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Emotional Reading Comes First

Reading-aloud is emotional in my classroom.  Thank goodness!  I belt it out, read with a voice, and stop to talk. I cry and laugh, and so do the children.  How best can children learn all that is really important?  With … Continue reading

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Writing Picture Stories

I have hundreds of photos of children from over the years, yet only one photo is on my desk.  This scene was a party that children wanted because we read books and wrote stories.  They’re all in high school now, … Continue reading

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Children and “The Star Spangled Banner”

Bringing our National Anthem to Life Few books have the power to move young students and make a difference; this one does. Whenever I sing our National Anthem with children, I pull out my well-loved and very worn book, The … Continue reading

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Children and Patriotism; It Starts With Singing.

Teaching patriotism is something I do in my classroom, and I do it frequently.  It is rarely a planned activity; it just happens.  Much like teaching kindness or giving, or even bravery, the learning comes from doing.  And the way we learn … Continue reading

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The Essential Children’s Bookshelf

Originally posted on Read & Survive:
Found this lovely infographic via ebookfrienly.com What’s your favorite children’s book?

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Voices from the Field

This is one of a series of blogs featuring first-person accounts from early educators across Massachusetts. *     *     * Jennie Fitzkee ? My name is Jennie Fitzkee. I am an Early Childhood Educator teaching the Full…

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