Monthly Archives: February 2017

When a Fairy Tale is Not Enough

If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales.  If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales. -Albert Einstein- Fairy Tales are the root of storytelling.  They are also the most popular … Continue reading

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An Art Museum For Book Lovers

People think of an art museum as… art, single standing pieces on their own right. Imagine masterful, award winning art combined with the best literature, in one museum. Exciting? You bet!  A hidden gem in Amherst, Massachusetts. What is your … Continue reading

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Fragment of the Day- Harry Potter

May the words I say to children, and the words I write to others leave behind a little magic.

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A Day at the Art Museum – Inspiring Children

Art and preschoolers go hand-in-hand.  If I want children to feel excited and inspired by art, it must begin with me.  I recently visited the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester, New Hampshire and… oh my! Let me back up. … Continue reading

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World Read Aloud Day

Today, February 16th, is World Read Aloud Day. What could be better on this day than finishing reading a favorite book with my library reading group?  We have been reading The Wild Robot by Peter Brown since September.  Yes, September!  We … Continue reading

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“Katy and The Big Snow”– Geography, a Compass, and Measuring

Katy and the Big Snow, by Virginia Lee Burton is a classic children’s book that continues to be beloved today.  After two major snow storms this week, it was the perfect read.  The book never gets old, children always find … Continue reading

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Geography, Africa, and Preschool Immersion

One of our most treasured and well-used classroom books is the Big Book of the World.  We love to look through the book as it shows not only physical maps of the world, continents and countries, but also animals, agriculture, … Continue reading

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Language, Literacy, Imagination, and Reading-Aloud

People often ask why I chapter read.  After all, many of the children in my classroom are are three-years-old.  When we chapter read, the children don’t have an image from a picture book.  They have to make the pictures in … Continue reading

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Take Time to Read

Originally posted on charles french words reading and writing:
(pixabay.com) “If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.”                                                                                   Stephen King ? (pixabay.com) “Read, read, read. Read everything…

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Literacy and Math

When I was in first grade, I mastered math placement.  Really.  Math is not my strong suit, but my teacher read aloud Millions of Cats by Wanda Gag.   The repeated text in the book is, “Hundreds of cats, thousands of … Continue reading

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