Monthly Archives: October 2018

The Letter, With Love

            Thank you for the lovely letter, Rowan.  Seeing your smiling face and getting a great big hug was the best.  You were proud and confident, eager to show me your letter.  I miss you, … Continue reading

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Language, Literacy, and Storytelling – Part 4

In Part 3, I shared proof of the powerful and positive effects of storytelling, through the story of Cuban cigars and their high quality – thanks to la lectura.  I am also happy to report that the 12th grade English teacher from … Continue reading

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Making Memories at School

There is something exciting, magical about this time of year.  When the sun goes down and children are helping their families to carve a pumpkin into a jack-o-lantern, memories are made.  Imagine being three and four years old, at school … Continue reading

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Meeting A Favorite Author, Kate DiCamillo

If I taught third grade, I’d be reading aloud to children Because of Winn-Dixie.  If I taught fourth grade, I’d be reading aloud The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane.  If I taught fifth grade I’d be reading aloud Flora and Ulysses.  The … Continue reading

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Quotations on Reading

Originally posted on charles french words reading and writing:
(https://en.wikipedia.org) “Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.”                                                                    Frederick Douglass ? (https://commons.wikimedia.org) “Feelings, too, are facts. Emotion is a fact. Human experience is a fact. It is…

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“Ravioli” and Goodnight Moon

One of our favorite times of the day at school is chapter reading.  It is intimate.  We feel snuggled together.  Much like being in sleeping bags while camping, with nothing but words to hear, we look forward to that time. … Continue reading

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Language, Literacy, and Storytelling – Part 3

In Part 2, I shared worrisome statistics about children who enter school excited to learn to read, and the dramatic drop-off when they are not exposed to books and hearing words.  I talked about the next step, engaging children in both … Continue reading

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