2015 Newbery and Caldecott Winners

2015 Newbery and Caldecott Winners

The 2015 Newbery and Caldecott winners have been announced by the American Library Association (ALA). Want to know who won? 2015 Newbery Medal The John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children's literature is The Crossover by Kwame Alexander! It's written in prose, like the beat of a basketball game, about twins who compete on and off the court. As … [Read more...]

Outstanding Nonfiction Early Reader Series

non fiction easy reader

I recommend the following outstanding nonfiction early readers series from these publishers: Usborne, Newmark Learning, National Geographic Kids, Time for Kids, and Scholastic's Fly Guy Presents. When I evaluate early readers, I consider the text to picture ratio, the visual appeal, the quality of information, and the interest level to kids. These early fove reader series do … [Read more...]

Using Education Games in the Classroom

education games

We teachers love engaging children in learning. Education games are one way we can do this. Staples offers a wealth of educational games (among other things) that will provide opportunities in your classroom for enthusiastic and engaged kids. In fact, this post is sponsored by Staples. Using Education Games in the Classroom Here’s what you need to remember when using … [Read more...]

Get Organized! Classroom Organization Ideas and Hacks for Teachers

classroom organization tips

Now that it’s mid-way through the year, it’s time to get your classroom organized with these easy tips and ideas sponsored by Staples. Don’t miss out on Staple’s Teacher Rewards program – it gives you free shipping, 5% back in rewards, and up to 10% back in rewards on teaching and art supplies. Classroom Organization Ideas 1. Color Code Subjects I always color … [Read more...]

No Sew Fleece Blanket

no sew blanket

We just spent a half day making no sew blankets because I wanted a tangible way for my kids to give to others in need. I love the blankets since they're hands-on and practical -- everyone can use a blanket, right? *Plus, kids can relate to the important blankets are for warmpth as well as for a feeling of security. How many of our kids had their own binkies?* Then with … [Read more...]

How to Improve Your Vocabulary

learning new vocabulary words

Show your child how to use a Dictionary app while reading - it makes learning those new words STICKY. In other words, it's a great way to improve your vocabulary. In our mother-daughter book club, we just finished Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo. Because the book had such amazing words, both Jemma and I started looking up words voraciously. Reading on the Kindle, both … [Read more...]

Celebrate Beautiful Oops Every Day #beautifuloops

Celebrate Beautiful Oops

One of my favorite children's books of all time is Barney Saltzberg's Beautiful Oops, a book which inspires viewing life with a whole new paradigm. Now it's also a worldwide celebration! The Paradigm of a Beautiful Oops A beautiful oops is making lemonade out of lemons. It's taking a mistake and making it something beautiful. Barney shows this … [Read more...]

Join National Readathon Day

National Readathon Day

A DAY FOR READING!? What luxury, what bliss! Penguin Random House and the National Book Foundation have collaborated to invent my new favorite holiday. National Readathon Day! Well, it's not really a holiday but a way to raise money for literacy programs like BookUp which provides books to middle school kids. Because did you know that while 53% of 9-year-olds read for … [Read more...]