Monday, April 1, 2013

Happy Birthday to Creating Bookworms!

      On March 29, 2012, I started this blog adventure!  A year has flown by! I have learned so much over the past year.  I have recently been working on renewing my National Boards Certification. As I reflect on my last eight years of teaching, I am amazed at my growth in teaching.  I owe so much of my growth to the incredible authors of blogs all over.  A BIG THANKS to all of you!  I think it is so powerful that teachers have the opportunity to share and learn. A special thanks goes to all of my followers.  Thanks for reading my thoughts and sharing comments over this past year.
      In the coming year, I will be adding the following to my blog.

  • Parent tips for creating bookworms at home.
  • Bookworm READS
  • Technology Tips for children of all ages.
     Are you on Spring Break?  I am excited to be able to spend my week at the beach relaxing and reading.. I would love to hear you Spring Break plans!!

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Read About Santa....

      I promised 25 Christmas Reads! So here are 3 more of my family favorites! 
Children are so curious to learn more and more about Santa.  These three books are entertaining for children of all ages.

Santa’s Stuck By Rhonda Gowler Greene

          That’s right the stockings are stuffed and the toys are under the tree.  Santa is almost finished for the night.  He enjoys another yummy treat before heading up the chimney.  It appears Santa has been given many goodies this year.  A big problem occurs when Santa realizes he is STUCK!!!  This funny rhyming book will have the entire family laughing.
      How Santa Got His Job By Stephen Krensky
    Find out the jobs Santa had when he was young.  This delightful story is a great book to share with children.  The book reveals Santa’s special talents.  Learn what they are and how he found his dream job.

 How Santa Lost His Job By Stephen Krensky
        Santa has his dream job.  He loves bringing presents to children all around the world.  However, one of his elves thinks he has a better way to deliver these presents without wasting time.  Muckle, the elf, has created the Deliverator.  Read to find out about this invention.  What in the world will Santa do now without a job???

       This book is a great read aloud along with the movie Arthur’s Perfect Christmas.  Compare and Contrast the events in the book and movie.

Holiday Book Gifts for BOYS!!

     I recently discovered these two great books by Jon Klassen.  I have already bought them for my nephew.  These books rely on the reader to really think and investigate the pictures while reading.  Young readers will enjoy trying to figure out what is going to happen. Boys will love these books because of the use of critters like the snake and turtle and the poor little fish that has taken the hat.  Watch out they may not end so well for some of the characters in these books.  I found these books at my local Target!  It always makes me happy to find great literature for children at popular stores.  Check these two out soon!!

Thanks for checking out my latest Christmas READS!  Grab a book and read TODAY!!!!

Monday, December 3, 2012

Christmas READS!

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

By: Barbara Robinson

       A classic Christmas book is the tale of the famous “Herdmans”. The Herdmans are the worst kids in the world.  They get in trouble all the time. This remarkable story paints a picture for the reader as the Herdmans walk into the church for the first time and decide to participate in the Christmas Pageant. This chapter book is enjoyed by third, fourth and fifth graders at my school. Avery loves the book so much.  We are reading a chapter a night to his brother, Worth. 
      The Scholastic Book order forms have the new picture book of this classic story.  I can’t wait to receive my copy.  Do you have it??  What do you think about the picture book version? 

Happy Monday,

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Christmas READS

Pete the cat has stolen the hearts of many children and teachers. Today, I must share our new favorite holiday book.

Pete the Cat Saves Christmas
Created and illustrated by James Dean
Story by Eric Litwin
    Santa was sick and it was the day before Christmas.  Pete had to deliver the toys.  Although he was small, he gave it his all.  After all that's the spirit of Christmas to give it your all!  This story will be a family favorite.  It is a great innovation of The Night Before Christmas. 

Families can enjoy a free song by clicking the link below:

    If you are reading this book to your class, Natalie at Natalie’s Nook has created an incredible Literacy Unit with 10 Literacy Activities.  It is a MUST have! Just click on the pic to go to Natalie's Nook at Teachers Pay Teachers.

Pete The Cat Saves Christmas {10 Literacy Activities}

Enjoy your day!

Saturday, December 1, 2012

25 days of Christmas READS!

    It is beginning to look a lot like Christmas….I sure love this time of year!   I enjoy seeing the excitement in children’s eyes as they prepare for Santa.  One of my favorite things to introduce to my students is The Gingerbread Man.   We read many versions mapping out all the story elements.  My first graders enjoy reading these stories over and over. 
     My boys at home enjoy our 25 days of Christmas Reads!  We spend time each night reading one or two holiday books.  Avery is in fifth grade and could hardly wait for today, December 1 to arrive.  This year, I would like to share our books with you each day over the holiday season.  Maybe you will discover a new book for your class or family.
   Our first books to share are great for enjoying after decorating a Christmas Tree.

Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree by Robert Barry
     Mr. Willowby’s Christmas tree is so tall that it can’t stand up.  Mr. Willowby asks his butler to chop off the top of the tree.  The treetop is given to different characters throughout the story.  This holiday tale will fill your family with Christmas joy.

A Wish to be a Christmas Tree by Colleen Monroe
Woodland animals show the power of friendship to an old Christmas tree that is overgrown.  Find out how the squirrel, birds, deer and other animals give back to this special Christmas tree.  This story helps our family start conversations about the reason for giving throughout the year.

Enjoy this book as it is read by Mitch Albom on a YouTube video:

A Wish to be a Christmas Tree

Thanks for stopping by!  My hope is your home is filled with joy throughout this holiday season.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Let the Learning Safari Begin...

        Tomorrow will be my 10th day at school with my students.  I have 24 amazing children.  We have spent the past two weeks building a community of workers, thinkers and readers based on RESPECT!  My all time favorite book to read to the class at the beginning of the year is Swimmy by Leo Lionni.  This is a wonderful story of how we can work together despite our differences.  This year my students have loved My Mouth is a Volcano by Julia Cook  This story explains to children how we have to wait our turn to talk even though our thoughts are like a volcano exploding out of our mouth.  I love how the book gives students a way to hold on to their thoughts and wait their turn.  A must read for children that love to interrupt! My students have pleaded for me to read this book over and over. I think children can really connect, perhaps even adults,too!

I must share pictures of my Learning Safari!  I simply love the learning environment that I have created this year.  I must give a big shout out to Randi at Teach it with Class for the incredible jungle theme class unit. 
Enjoy the tour!!!

This is what you see when you walk in my door!

 My carpet area where we read and share our thinking! My students love to sit in my rocking chair as much as I do.
 These are my POWER Books! Otherwise know as my leveled library! I level these books from A to M. I will be sharing more about how I use my Power books later on my blog.
 This is my calendar. Yes! I tried to recreate a Jeep from a Pinterest post I found over the summer. It is a great place to store my lessons and MUSIC! 
 Word Work Boulevard is where students can work with words during our Reader Land time each day.
 My favorite place in our Learning Safari, Book Nook Lane. Students read in this area during Reader's workshop and Reader Land.  I introduce a basket of books every week. My baskets are sorted by Genres. So far I have introduced, Alphabet books, Reading about Math, and Caldecott Medal books.  The red signs show that the books are sleeping and can not be read at this time.

Our class motto: Be Your Best
Here are more baskets of books and the plastic clear tubs are my Math Workshop Tubs.

     I have enjoyed seeing all the classrooms in blog land! I hope you enjoy my classroom tour. 

   Don't forget I am still hosting an Amazing Pencil Giveaway. Please read my last post.  All you have to do is follow my blog, visit Classroom Friendly Supplies and sign up through Rafflecopter. The giveaway ends tomorrow.

Thanks for visiting!! Happy Teaching~

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

A Must HAVE!!!

     I am having the best beginning of the school year. I have 23 energetic first graders. We have begun our Learning Safari together!

        I must share a package that I got in the mail this summer. Troy Decoff from Classroom Friendly Supplies sent me this incredible blue monster!

     It has no problem chomping pencils to the sharpest of points.  The amazing thing is the cheap pencils are sharper than ever.  Just take a look!

           I have been sharing this incredible pencil sharpener with everyone on my hall.  It is amazing that for once in my teaching career I have SHARP pencils that don't constantly break!!   It is definitely what ALL the teachers are talking about.  

       This pencil sharpener has made my life easy for the past 9 days.  Therefore, I must host a giveaway.  I am going to try out Rafflecopter for the first time.  Here goes...

     All you must do is Follow my Blog:

And visit Classroom Friendly Supplies

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