Saturday, February 15, 2014

Marching Toward March - Already!!

Hi,Teaching Friends!

Last week, our local Friends of the Library group held its annual Fun Fair for four to seven year olds. It's my privilege and joy to be in charge of the read alouds each year. I get to grab a pile of my favorites and spend two hours reading, one of the parts of teaching that I miss the most since retiring.
So I pick a great big stack of books. I choose some titles that get the kiddos to chime in, like Chicka Boom and Pete the Cat, and others that make their eyes get big and wide, like Steve Jenkin's Actual Size, and always a few that make the moms and dads say, "I remember that one from when I was growing up!", like Are You My Mother?.  The fair also features balloon animals, face painting, and games with prizes, so it makes me really happy when kids make the choice to spend some time enjoying books, too. I'm also delighted to say that the two blondies up front are my two oldest grandchildren, both of whom are World Class Book Lovers.

Talking about reading (which I do a lot of, heh heh), it's time to start getting ready for the Next Big Event, since I'm guessing that most of you are probably pretty ready to move on from  Groundhog-Olympics-Valentines-Presidents-Dental Health- million snow days month. So, Read Across America, here we come!

I'm working on a math freebie for Seuss Day that I'll be sharing at a blog hop next week - watch for news about the hop coming soon!

This week, I also posted two reading related resources. The first has actually been at Teachers Notebook for a while, but now it's also at my Teachers Pay Teachers store. Your students will develop sentence sense and practice sight words while they work at the pocket chart, building sentences that celebrate the love of reading.


The second resource brings some math into the book theme. It's a set of four color-or-cover math games, so with each partner game you have the option of printing in color and laminating for reuse, or saving some ink by printing in grayscale, with each player working on his or her own sheet. The games are for addition, subtraction, adding doubles, and adding ten. Common Core! :)

Soon to come at TPT!

By the way, if you're already thinking about Easter, there's a bunny set like this one, too!

While you're over at Teachers Notebook, I'm having a giveaway!  Making Predictions is a set of 50 pictures, questions, and graphic organizers that will guide your students in using their schema and evidence to make logical predictions. Click on the picture to enter the giveaway.

Enjoy the rest of your long weekend!
Happy Teaching!

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