Tweet Summer is a great time to learn. I’m a huge advocate for turning off the TV so that kids have rich opportunities to learn to make their own fun, problem solve, and engage in activities that stimulate their imagination. I also know that sometimes the only “Me Time” you can get is by turning […]

Tweet I taught two kids how to read this year. It was hard. There were some days when I wasn’t sure if it would happen. We tried and practiced sight words and did picture walks. And then, two weeks ago, I was filled with elation when I realized that it had actually happened. When you […]

Tweet This is Part 4 in Melissa’s case The Secret of the Resistant Readers. When we left off last time, I told you I was channeling my inner Nancy Drew. What I didn’t tell you was that I was also channeling Nina, my amazing master teacher. I remembered some advice she gave me when I […]

Tweet This is part 3 in The Secret of the Resistant Readers Case. Catch up on Part 1 and Part 2. So, the bookshelves in my classroom when I’d started that had been almost bare were now overflowing. The kids all had book boxes, there was a system set up so they could check out […]

Tweet This is part 2 in Melissa’s case The Secret of the Resistant Readers. With the instinct of a detective who dared not miss a clue, I deliberately set out to examine the scene of the crime. I arrived at school on my sixth day teaching and hurried into the library. My shoulders immediately tensed. Memories […]

Tweet Olivia, by Ian Falconer Olivia is a sassy, energetic little pig who is a singer, a painter, and a mischief-maker. Join her on her adventures! Corduroy, by Don Freeman A stuffed bear comes to life in a department store, and goes on a search for his lost button. A little girl finds him, buys […]