Monthly Archives: August 2017

Escape to anywhere

Originally posted on Norah Colvin:
We sometimes think of reading as a form of escapism. But many stories, including those in picture books, feature an escape as part of the complication or resolution. It doesn’t require much thought to create…

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I’m Adorable!

Originally posted on Mitch Teemley:
Rhonda at Pollyanna’s Path nominated me for a Liebster Award (= favorite” or “adored” one in German). I’m flattergasted (sometimes only a made-up word will do). Rhonda’s site is pretty adorable too, btw. Rules: I’m…

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The Important Things Don’t Change

Today was the first day back to school for teachers.  You’d think that I would be drained and overwhelmed with all the teacher work that needs to be done. Nope.  Not at all.  We talked about growing; both children and … Continue reading

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Rekindling American Pride

The perfect book.  Blue Sky White Stars by Sarvinder Naberhaus captures the heart of America.  The stunning illustrations by Kadir Nelson make the simple text explode with meaning.  It is history: White Rows.  White Rows When I turned to this page, … Continue reading

Posted in Diversity, Early Education, geography, history, Inspiration, patriotism, picture books, reading aloud, Teaching young children | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 42 Comments

Last Day of Camp

Summer Camp is bonding.  It’s a memory builder.  The little things stick and accumulate, and become part of a big piece.  And, that big piece is important; it shapes the good stuff, what really matters, like developing a sense of … Continue reading

Posted in Early Education, Imagination, play performances, self esteem, Singing, summer camp, Teaching young children | Tagged , , , , , | 63 Comments

Change The World

Originally posted on fourth generation farmgirl:
This speech by US Navy Admiral, William H. McRaven is beautiful, moving, and inspiring.  I hope you will watch it. ?

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August G…uest #7: Children – Teaching, Reading, Storytelling, and More

Originally posted on EsmeSalon:
 Meet Jennie @ A Teacher’s Reflections Thank you, Esmé, for having me as a guest on your wonderful blog.  First, let me introduce myself.  I am Jennie, a long time preschool teacher, 30+ years is definitely a…

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Guest writer: Jennie Fitzkee – The Peanut Man

Originally posted on Sue Vincent's Daily Echo:
Teacher Jennie Fitzkee shares another of her ‘Jennie stories…tales she tells to delight the children in her care… and the child inside the rest of us. “It happened like this… When I…

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No Words Needed

“Imagination is more important than knowledge.  Knowledge is limited.  Imagination encircles the world.” – Albert Einstein- And, a picture really is worth a thousand words~that light the fire of imagination.  What if there were books that could do just that? … Continue reading

Posted in David Wiesner, Early Education, Einstein, Eric Carle, Imagination, picture books, reading, Teaching young children | Tagged , , , , , , | 78 Comments

Writing Quote Number 1 from the Archives

Originally posted on BRIDGET WHELAN writer:
If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange these apples then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an idea and I have…

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