Monthly Archives: May 2021

Our Wish Tree

What is a Wish Tree? Wikipedia says: A wish tree is an individual tree, usually distinguished by species, position or appearance, which is used as an object of wishes and offerings.  Such trees are identified as possessing a special spiritual … Continue reading

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Happy birthday, Irving

Originally posted on bluebird of bitterness:
In honor of the birthday of Irving Berlin, here is one of his greatest hits, sung by Kings Return. https://youtu.be/8YqGEbJPvIo

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Inspiring Kids of All Ages—One Book at a Time—May is #GetCaughtReading Month!

Originally posted on Bette A. Stevens, Maine Author:
“The love of reading is a lynchpin for successful learning—for success in life. Kids learn to read best when adults take time to share their passion for books with them.” ~Bette A. Stevens,…

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Reading Aloud & Reading – There’s a Big Difference.

My greatest passion is reading aloud to children.  I thought it was time to talk about the difference between reading and reading aloud, as I often post about good children’s books.  While reading is the goal, the dream- reading aloud … Continue reading

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These Robots Got the Moves!

Originally posted on Mitch Teemley:
Guest Blog by A Teacher’s Reflections New England-based preschool teacher Jennie Fitzkee is nothing if not inspired. Maybe that’s why she’s featured in the bestselling Read-Aloud Handbook. And why quilts designed by her class hang…

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My Sweet Children

This could be me… My wonderful students said ‘thank you’ for Teacher Appreciation Week. Coffee, cookies, flowers, and a card that made me cry. I am touched, and so very lucky. Jennie

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📚Teacher Appreciation Week🍎

Originally posted on By Hook Or By Book:
?I’ve done a few posts over the years to honor teachers, especially this time of year. As I have such wonderful memories of my own school-age experiences, as well as of the…

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Reading Aloud + Family History = The Best Learning

We often take it for granted that we have fresh water to drink.  Children certainly do. In our chapter reading book, “Little House on the Prairie”, Pa and Mr. Scott dig a well.  Learning where fresh water comes from was … Continue reading

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