Sharing my LOVE of Literacy!

If you can read this, thank a teacher !!

July 30, 2011


A lot of bloggers are doing giveaways. Here is one:

Mrs. Wheeler's First Grade Tidbits

Go over there and enter to win! You only have until July 31st!!

Good luck !

July 26, 2011

Another Summer Update

It was a very HOT last week, so I was happy that I had AC. I was even more happy that I could swim in my Mom's pool. We also went shopping in the outlet mall and they now have a LOFT outlet store. I was in shopping heaven! I worked at Loft for almost two years and I miss my discount... but now that this store is open... I am in TROUBLE!! If you don't know what this means, then you are not addicted to spinning like me. I love summer because I can go to lunch time spin with my favorite teacher. I have also been going to some 30 minute classes with my Mom!

Thanks to the weekly summer $1.00 shows at The Regal, I have seen a lot of good movies. Today I saw The Karate Kid. I LOVED it! I was so impressed with the story, the acting, and the message! I highly recommend it to anyone who has yet to see this movie!

I went to coffee with a girlfriend. I know this is surprising being that it was in the 90's last week, however, when you walk into a Starbucks here it feels like 60 inside. LOL ! I also went to a teahouse with my Mom and her SIL. We go every summer when she visits. We eat scones and tiny sandwiches.

I am on my third book of the summer. I am now reading this book:

I just started it and I am really enjoying it so far!

I hope everyone is enjoying the last few days of July! I know some teachers are back to work in August!!

July 21, 2011

My Favorite Teacher Tools

I work with small groups and some teachers have me push into their classrooms. I have to be very organized. Last year, I had supplies in three different places and it was crazy! Because I work with a range of reading abilities, every week I had to put my reading books away and bring out new ones for the following week.

One of my favorite ways to stay organized is by using these: I label the outside of my trays with the names of my students. I even kept all necessary supplies for each small group in the tray. Their writing journals, sight words cards, crayons, sharpies, and my "boo boo" tape for their writing mistakes were in every room.

Another favorite tool is my magnetic letters. I love these ones from the website Really Good Stuff. I love how the vowels are red and the consonants are blue!
I help teachers test students and also co-teach during the first two weeks of school. Once I have my groups set, I meet with them and share (usually grade 1 & 2) my favorite book: We then talk about what "jitters" they have about reading.

What are some of your favorite teacher tools?

July 14, 2011

A "LINKY" Party

Here is a way to discover some wonderful teacher blogs!! Thank you Yearn4learning

Here are the blogs I am sharing:

1. A blogger who is a "New Kid on the Blog"

Frolicking Through First

2. Post a blogger in your same grade level
I worked in 4th grade from Feb. to June. I was a 4th grade teacher for 4 years, so here is a 4th grade blog I enjoy: Go Fourth With Owens

3. Post a blogger in a different grade level

I have taught reading in 1st grade, so here is one of my favorites. This teacher ROCKS!! First Grader at Last

4. Find a cute blog button and post it.

Happy Reading! I hope you find a new blog to enjoy!

July 7, 2011

Blogs are BUSY !

I have been reading a lot of blogs during my summer break. There are a lot of fun giveaways and linky parties. Here is one where bloggers share their favorite books:

Click on her button above or the link: Runde's Room

Here are my responses:
Childhood Favorites: I know I loved reading Judy Bloom when I was in 5th grade! I also remember my school library had those " Little Miss ... " books that I would check out over and over again! LOL. I also loved this book:
I just loved the pictures that went with the story! It was one of my favs that I read over and over!

Classroom Favorites: I love The Rainbow Fish and A Fine, Fine School. I have used them in grade 1 and grade 4 at the beginning of the year. I loved reading aloud Louis' Sachar's Sideways Stories series and Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech. I also love Kevin Henkes books.

Professional Favorites: I always go back to The First Days of School by Wong.

Guilty Pleasure Favorites: The Shopaholic Series, Debbie Macomber, Mary Higgins Clark are a few of my favorites!

July 4, 2011

Happy 4th !

Happy Birthday America!

Many prayers and thanks to all who serve

and protect my freedom!

July 2, 2011

Summer Update

Here is a visual post of what I have done so far on my vacation:

I played in my garden! Here is a new flower I planted this year.
I went to the movies for 1.00 !! WOOHOO ! I highly recommend reading this book and then showing the movie to your students!

I spent some time poolside ( Thank you MOM! ) She really does have a palm tree in her backyard (It is wooden - LOL)

I saw this movie with my husband. We could not stop laughing! It was FREE b/c we had movie passes!

DH and I went out to dinner on a gift card!!

I have even managed to fit in some reading! I wonder what next week will bring!

July 1, 2011

Hello July

Happy July !

Happy July 4th Weekend !!