Friday, July 31, 2015

Creating Bookworms In Our Community

   " It is not enough to simply teach children to read; we have to give them something worth reading. Something that will stretch their imaginations-Something that will help them make sense of their own lives and encourage them to reach out toward people whose lives are quite different from their own."
                                                                                                                    --Katherine Patterson

     Our mission was to walk around neighborhoods and give children the opportunity to select a brand new book to read and enjoy this summer.  The books were purchased with Scholastic Bonus Points and dollars at the end of the year.  Randi Stallard from Teach It With Class , Jaimee Weeks, 4th grade teacher and I hoped to inspire children to take a minute to read this summer.  We had two wagons: one for chapter books and one for picture books.  As we approached the children, we gave them quick book talks to help them find the perfect book.
     We had a truly amazing day.  We were able to touch close to 30 children.  The children were excited to see friendly faces from their school.  We found that visiting our local park had the most opportunities to meet with children.  The young readers often struggled between which books to get.  Some got more than one and others were excited when younger siblings selected one of their favorites.
      Nell Duke says, " Our celebration of reading must involve the ongoing mission to give all children the opportunity to read and become lifelong readers." In order to read, you must have a book that engages you.  My passion is getting books in children's homes that can create that curious reader.   What ways do you get books in your home or student's home?  Please share!  Together we can create a world of bookworms!
 I was so thrilled that my two boys went along to help our mission.


One little boy came up to me at the park and asked if I would read his new Elephant and Piggie Book.  Well, Of Course!

Friday, July 24, 2015

LOST to the blog world!


            Where in the world have you been?  One may ask or perhaps you have forgotten all about this resource.  I think I got a two years writer block.  Has that ever happened to you?  
            I left my first grade classroom and became the Intervention Specialist at my school.  For two years, I have been learning all about Title 1, Parent Workshops, and working with 70 kids in a day.    
          My boys have gotten older so I have become a Taxi Mom.  I have been traveling with my family creating lifetime memories.  Each day that passes with the hustle and bustle, I remind myself to pause and soak in the JOY!  
           I will continue to be an Intervention Specialist for the 2015-2016 school year.  I am excited for a new year to begin.  This year I will be teaching reading to third and fourth graders.  I can't wait to begin my journey with these students.  My hope is I will be able to create independent life long readers with each one of them.  This summer, I have been busy reading potential books for my students, relaxing with my family and going through my booklist while planning the perfect learning environment. 
          So I am BACK!!  I can't wait to share what I have learned along the way.  I have many book selections and apps that I plan on sharing.  Thanks for stopping by! Please leave a comment, I want to catch up with you too!

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.


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