Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Sale extended! Due to technical difficulties with TPT today the sale on seasonal items has been extended till the end of the day tomorrow! Happy shopping!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Hi all!  I'm linking up to celebrate Christmas in July!  Right now cooler temperatures sure would feel wonderful!  Seasonal products in my TPT store will be on sale tomorrow, Wed., July 25.  Please note TPT will be down in the morning till 9:00 A.M.  Have fun shopping all of the wonderful stores!! 

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Wait till you see!  Nikki over at "" helped me out big time on an adorable alphabet set of "Super Heroes".  If I do say so myself I think they look fantastic!  Check it out!! Thanks Nikki!! These are available over at my TpT store.

I also have a coordinating calendar set!  Here's a small sample:

Oh, and one more thing.  If there is someone out there who could teach me how to embed a hyperlink into a picture so you can just click the image to go to a different site I would be so appreciative!!  I need help!

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Chapter 5 - Read to Someone

Reading with others helps children become more independent readers and also more fluent.  "Research shows that taking turns reading increases reading involvement, attention and collaboration".  Over my years of teaching I have found that children love to read to each other.  Sharing books together helps them become better readers.  It makes so much sense!  
"Why do we have you read to someone"?  
1.  Get better at reading
2. Helps with our fluency
3.  It helps us practice our reading skills and strategies
4.  It's fun!!

I love "EEKK" (elbow, to elbow and knee to knee).  There is a really cute little poem out there on Pinterest about "EEKK".  

Read to Someone Definitions
1.  EEKK
2.  I Read, You Read
3.  Choral Read
4.  Reading One Book
5.  Reading Different Books
6.  Check for Understanding

Things I need to remember:
Go slow!!
Introduce the different skills one at a time
After each one practice, regroup and discuss, then practice again!
Check for Understanding

Why listen to reading?
1.  Helps us become better readers
2.  Helps us understand new words and stories
3.  It's fun!

Things I need to remember:
Brainstorm expectations together
Model, practice, share, repeat
Review daily when introducing each component of the Daily 5

Chapter 4 - Read to Self

Sorry!  I am so far behind on my Daily 5 posts!  I promise I will get caught up soon!
"Key to Successful Implementation - Start with small steps and build as you go."  
Each component of the D5 is based on the gradual release of responsibility.  You should begin by describing the new skill, modeling it, practicing it, talking about it and then repeating.  

"3 Ways to Read a Book"
1.  Read the words
2.  Read the pictures
3.  Retell a familiar or previously read book

With your students make an "I-Chart  -  Read to Self, Independence"
Why do we read to ourselves?  To become a better reader!

One thing I want to make sure I remember when introducing the "Read to Self" to my students begin with only 3 minutes the first day.  I need to remember to tell them we're building "stamina" and "training their muscle memories" to do the appropriate thing.  To practice, regroup and practice again will be key to the success of the Daily 5.

Monday, July 9, 2012


Hi everyone! I'm having a one day sale over at my TpT store in celebration of finally getting our house on the market.  We've been trying for several years, but it seems like there has constantly been one set back or another.  But, we finally made it!!  Woo! Hoo!  Have a great day!!

Saturday, July 7, 2012

I am super excited about my latest "binder" set.  Nikki over at Melonheadz Illustrations just finished up some adorable "ant" clipart.  Thanks Nikki!  I used Nikki's "Ants on Parade" to make my latest binder set.  Check it out below!!  Let me know what you think!  If you're interested head on over to my TpT store.  Have a great Saturday!!

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Hola!  You are all invited to participate in Miss Elizabeth's 500 Followers Giveaway!  Please stop by her website to sign up.  She has all kinds of wonderful prizes!! Her blog address is:
Have a great Tuesday!!

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Currently Linky Party!!

This is my first link up with Farley for her monthly "Currently"  linky party!

Listening: I'm listening to the T.V. and searching blog posts.

Loving: I love spending time with my family and getting to kiss my little grandbabies!! They are so darn adorable.

Thinking: there’s a lot to do before school starts and wanting to do it all.

Wanting: to sell my house, so I can move into my little cottage in the woods.  Everyone else has gotten to stay in it, but me.  So sad!! 

Needing: more time in each day!  I never seem to have enough time!  :0)

Reads: "My Father's Dragon, "The Daily Five" and lots of wonderful blogs!  Also, reading “Donovan’s Angel”

Hi everyone,
Kelley Dolling over at the "Teacher Idea Factory" is having a 500 followers give-away!  And I was excited about 25.  :0)  She has several wonderful people helping with her give-away.  Stop over to her blog site and sign up for all of the great prizes!!