Monthly Archives: January 2018

Quotations on Teaching

Originally posted on charles french words reading and writing:
( “Those who know, do. Those that understand, teach.”                                                                              Aristotle ? ( “One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world.”                                                                             Malala Yousafzai ? ( “Share…

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Einstein, and Why He is My Hero

Jim Trelease sent me Einstein’s quote, “Creativity is intelligence having fun.”  Jim knew this would strike me, and it did.  All that I do in teaching is centered on creativity.  And of course fun is essential in order to make … Continue reading

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Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives -The Best Book, Every Year by Jennie Fitzkee

Thank you, Sally. This post is the heart of my teaching young children. Reading aloud chapter books, especially Charlotte’s Web, makes a world of difference.

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The magic of storytelling

Originally posted on Norah Colvin:
Telling stories to and with young children has many benefits. Including other things, it helps to develop: relationships with the storyteller and other listeners language – vocabulary, language structure, imagery understanding of narrative structure as…

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Yet.  It’s a word I use often at school with children.  When they try hard and struggle, and say, “I can’t”, I add the word “yet”.  A child might not be able to do it just now, but with practice … Continue reading

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Quotations on Character

Originally posted on charles french words reading and writing:
( “Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can’t practice any other virtue consistently.”                      …

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Book Bears, and Reading Aloud

My library reading group is Book Bears.  We read a book each month, and I host the discussion.  These are mostly second graders, eager to read.  We have a full and lively house, until…  Let me back up.  Many things … Continue reading

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Beautiful art…was created by human beings just like you… Maya Angelou QUOTE FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

Originally posted on BRIDGET WHELAN writer:
Find a beautiful piece of art. If you fall in love with Van Gogh or Matisse or John Oliver Killens, or if you fall love with the music of Coltrane, the music of Aretha…

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“How Much Wood Could a Woodchuck Chuck…?”

Thank you, Steve, for being a role model for engaging children in learning and fun.  They will remember you!  I am honored that you dedicated this post to me.  It is a terrific read! “How Much Wood Could A Woodchuck Chuck…?” … Continue reading

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A Letter From Her Majesty the Queen

Letter writing is alive and well in my classroom.  We wrote a letter to Queen Elizabeth, and we received a reply.  Children were beyond thrilled.  Everyone heard the sound of the letter opener tearing the envelope.  Anticipation! And there it … Continue reading

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