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The Tooth Fairy 

A couple of years ago I had a student who lost his tooth in school. I remember hearing one of his friends say to him, “Now you can see if the tooth fairy is real. Don’t tell your parents you lost your tooth, and see what happens!” Read more…

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Chapter Books for the New Chapter Book Reader

I was talking with a friend the other day and she was asking me for chapter books for her first grade twins. Read more…

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Boys and Reading

Boys and reading…ahhhhh…where to begin? Read more…

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Bean’s Choice Awards: Engaging Books for 1 – 3 Year Olds

Bean just turned one. Huge milestone for her, and huge year for us. Read more…

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Dessert Books.

I was going through a student’s independent reading bag the other day. I do this periodically to make sure my students are reading the right material during their independent reading time. Read more…

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Checking In.

We all know children that check in. Bean checks in with me all day. Read more…

Some of my favorite picture walk books.

Taking a Picture Walk

A favorite part of my day is when I get to take a picture walk with my students.   Read more…

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Poetry: For Every Day

“My child doesn’t like to read.” Read more…

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Non-Fiction Love

When I was little I was a great reader. I read a lot and I read often. I read fantasy, realistic fiction, fairy tales, folk tales, and I loved poetry. But I did not understand what I was reading. Read more…

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The Story Savior

When I was teaching third grade my students used to eat lunch in the classroom. Lunch was always crazy and loud because it is the time where my students could unwind, socialize and get some of their sillies out after a full morning of learning.

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Beating the Monsters

When I was little I swore something lived under my bed. I remember my parents telling me there was nothing under there, but I still needed to have it checked before the lights were turned off each night.  Read more…

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A Unique Audience

I have said this a hundred times. Practice practice practice. Read more…

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Resolutions…Goals… A How-To for 2014.

I sit here, in a rare quiet moment (Bean napping, husband skiing), on January 1 with one thought on my mind. Organization. Read more…

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Vintage Books. YES.

I have a thing for vintage. Read more…

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Book-It to the Store! Gifts for the Holidays…or the Every Day.

I don’t like gift giving guides. I actually don’t find gift giving guides helpful. Read more…